WDDA Deaf Communication Card Initiative

We are providing these cards free of charge to all Deaf BSL users so please just get in touch if you would like one. If you are an agency working with Deaf BSL users and would be interested in holding a supply of cards to give to your service users please email admin@wdda.co.uk.

Significance Sign Choir

Significance is our award winning Sign Choir. The Choir meets at the Victoria Education Centre in Poole on Thursdays at 7pm. Open to all. We also have a Junior Sign Choir (ages 5-15) led by Louise that meets at Bournemouth Deaf Club on Saturday afternoons at 2pm.

‘Family Fun Day’ brings BSL to Boscombe Chine Gardens!

Thank you to everyone who joined us at our ‘Sign for Change’ Family Fun Day on Sunday 23 June 2019. The weather was kind to us and it was great to bring hearing and Deaf children and families together to introduce BSL to the wider community. We raised £184.11 on the day, had people sign up to learn BSL with us and generated lots of interest in our sign choirs. A special thank you to Trustees George, Keith and Donna, volunteers Jas, Angela, Sandra and Louise and to Significance Sign Choir and our Junior Sign Choir for all their hard work in making the day such a great success. We’ll be setting a date for next year’s event very soon!

'Sign for Change'

We are looking to raise £5,000 to help fund our work supporting the development of a small team of Deaf and hearing BSL users to enable them to deliver Deaf Awareness & Communication training to local Nursery and Primary Schools in Dorset. “The sessions are amazing. I like learning how to sign to my friends.” – Year 3 Pupil. “I find the Sign Language lessons very fun and it means I can talk to someone who is deaf. Something I didn’t know how to do before” – Year 4 Pupil. If you would like to make a donation, or to find out more about our ‘Sign for Change’ campaign, please email us at donations@wdda.co.uk
AFCB Match Day Support Services Assistant (BSL)

AFCB Match Day Support Services Assistant (BSL)

AFC Bournemouth are looking to recruit Match Day Support Services Assistants with a BSL Level 2 qualification (or equivalent) to help improve the match day experience for their d/Deaf and hard of hearing football fans. WDDA is keen to support this initiative and are working closely with AFC Bournemouth to help...
No Subtitles in Real Life

No Subtitles in Real Life

Please show your support for this inspirational team of young people, part of the NCS – National Citizen Service​: ‘No Subtitles in Real Life’ based in Weymouth, Dorset and sign their petition to make basic sign language a requirement in customer services. To help raise awareness for people with hearing...
Play the lottery, support WDDA!

Play the lottery, support WDDA!

BH Coastal Lottery is an exciting weekly lottery that raises money for good causes in Bournemouth.  All good causes supported by the lottery will benefit Bournemouth and its residents. Play the lottery, support Bournemouth – it’s that simple!  To date, Wiltshire and Dorset Deaf Association has already received in the region...
*NEW* BSL Level 1 course for September 2019

*NEW* BSL Level 1 course for September 2019

In response to demand we will be holding a second BSL Level 1 course again in the 2019/20 academic year. This course will run on Thursday evenings at Beaufort Community Centre, Beaufort Road, Southbourne, Dorset BH6 5LB with WDDA Tutor Lynn Preston. Our Tuesday evening BSL Level 1 course will...