2021: A Year in Review

2021 saw Stefy’s BSL Level 1, 2 & 3 students (20/21 intake) achieve 100% of their personal learning goals against all the odds, as we navigated the Covid restrictions and switched from classroom to online lessons and back again! George successfully guided three students through their receptive resits to achieve their full Level 3 qualification and George and Louise supported another six ‘fast track’ students to achieve their full Level 2 qualification in just 8 weeks.

This week saw 40 Bournemouth School for Girls students achieve their BSL101 qualification thanks to George, Amber and Lynn.

We said a fond farewell to Stefy who moved on to pastures new with City Lit in London.

Thanks to the The National Lottery Community Fund we delivered 16 FREE Online Bite Sized Deaf Communication Skills training sessions during the national lockdown.

In September we hosted a much needed Family Fun Day with Significance Sign Choir, Squidge and Pop and Diamond Faces Professional Face Painting at Picnic Park Deli after the previous years events having to be cancelled due to Covid restrictions.

Thank you to our fabulous team of trustees, volunteers and teaching staff who have worked so hard in 2021 to empower deaf people to play a full part in the community and support so many on their BSL learning journey with us.

We’ll be back in 2022 with our Signature Deaf accredited BSL Level 1 and 2 classes as well as our BSL Conversation Class, BSL Access to Level 3 Class. George, Louise, Amber and Lynn will also be delivering a range of bespoke deaf and deafblind communication tactics workshops for University Hospitals Dorset and introduction to BSL sessions in schools.

We also have a BSL Workshop (All Levels) scheduled to take place at Bournemouth Deaf Club on Saturday 8th January.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us at Wiltshire and Dorset Deaf Association.

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