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
Changes amidst the Covid-19 pandemic

Changes amidst the Covid-19 pandemic

Wiltshire and Dorset Deaf Association is working hard to keep our learners and teaching staff safe from the Coronavirus during these unprecedented times. We have responded to the Covid-19 crisis by moving all of our BSL (British Sign Language) courses online in order to minimise the disruption to our BSL...
Communicating in a health crisis

Communicating in a health crisis

With the UK now on lockdown it is more important than ever that people who are d/Deaf or Hard of Hearing are able to effectively communicate with others in order to access essential services and reduce feelings of isolation.   InterpreterNow is an online service that enables Deaf and hearing people...
Coronavirus and our Classes

Coronavirus and our Classes

In light of the new Government guidelines on social distancing we have made the decision to cancel all planned “Sign’n Time” Baby & Child Signing Sessions for the time being and postpone the launch of our new Family Signing Class.  New dates will be scheduled once it is considered safe...
WDDA launch NEW Baby & Child Signing Sessions!

WDDA launch NEW Baby & Child Signing Sessions!

  Wiltshire and Dorset Deaf Association is pleased to introduce NEW Baby & Child Signing sessions in Dorchester AND Bournemouth! The sessions are open to all ages, mums/dads/carers and pre school children particularly welcome. Have fun learning some basic signs used at home and sign a simple song or two...