Congratulations to our BSL Level 1 2017/18 learners!

With our 2018/19 Autumn Term classes now well under way it’s about time we gave a shout out to our BSL Level 1 learners who have now achieved their BSL Level 1 qualification.

A huge CONGRATULATIONS to all our learners on Stefy’s Level 1 class at Bournemouth Deaf Club and George’s Level 1 classes in Poole and Dorchester – we are over the moon to confirm that our 2017/18 BSL Level 1 courses achieved a magnificent 100% pass rate with just one successful resit.

Thank you to our fantastic tutors, Stefy and George, and to Lynn, Helen, Jas and Louise for their invaluable support at our classes and workshops to help get our learners assessment ready!

Good Luck to those of you continuing on your BSL learning journey with us.  It’s great to see so many of you moving on to BSL Level 2 and we look forward to seeing more of you at our upcoming BSL Workshops and future events.

Hard of Hearing Communication Card now available!

As well as our Deaf Communication Cards for Deaf BSL users we are pleased to announce the launch of our WDDA Hard of Hearing Cards.

These cards are available, free of charge, to those who have become deaf through illness or age.

Our Communication Cards offer a clear and concise list of prompts to help aid communication.

Please get in touch if you would like one. If you are an agency working with people who are hard of hearing and would be interested in holding a supply of cards to give to your service users please email admin@wdda.co.uk

Aspire2bFree Charity Angel Day

Charity Angel Day at Bournemouth Deaf Club – Saturday 6 October 2018

There will be people available on the day to sign for those who are hard of hearing or deaf.  This is a special opportunity for those who use sign language to gain access to therapies and readings that otherwise are out of their reach.
The price of each therapy and reading will be £15.

Event organiser, Sarah Haywood from Aspire2bFree, has generously agreed to donate 50% of proceeds from this event to WDDA

Below is a list of those participating:

  • Claire Brooks from The New Forest Tree of Life, Ferndown – Selling Angel related products
  • Shirley Battie – Palm Readings and Tarot
  • Fiona Grant – Angel Card Readings
  • Joy Dalton – Psychic Mediumship Readings
  • Shanti Devi – Yoga and healing
  • Anandi – Yoga and Healing
  • Madonna – Tarot card readings
  • Sue Venus – Angel Card Readings
  • Amber Sibley – Healing on the Light Table
  • Sara Jane – Indian Head Massage, Reiki

To book a therapy or reading please email sarah@aspire2bfree.co.uk (please let Sarah know if you require sign support on the day)

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*NEW* BSL Level 1 course at Beaufort Community Centre 2018/19

In order to help meet demand we are pleased to announce that we are putting on a second BSL Level 1 course for the 2018/19 academic year.

This course will run on Thursday evenings 7-9pm at Beaufort Community Centre, Beaufort Road, Bournemouth (5 minute drive or 20 minute walk from Bournemouth Deaf Club on Morley Road in Pokesdown).  The course will start on Thursday 20th September 2018.

Our British Sign Language (BSL) Level 1 course is perfect for people with little or no experience of sign language.

There are no entry requirements and the course is open to deaf and hearing applicants. The qualification is designed to enable learners to communicate with Deaf people in British Sign Language on a range of topics which involve simple, everyday language use.

Please contact Zoe at admin@wdda.co.uk or phone/text 07793284109 for further information or to book.

Significance Sign Choir perform ‘My Fair Lady’

Our fabulous Significance Sign Choir will be signing the 2:30pm matinee performance of My Fair Lady.

Ferndown Phoenix Musical Society presents
MY FAIR LADY
19th – 22nd September 2018 at 7.30pm (2:30pm sign supported matinee performance)
Tickets £15 Adults £12.50 Children & Seniors
At: Barrington Theatre, Ferndown

Main Cast List:
Eliza, Chelsea Robson,
Col. Pickering, Bernard Gardner,
Henry Higgins, Jeremy Mills,
Mrs Higgins, Sally Ager,
Freddy, Matt Tyler,
Alfred P Doolittle, Mike Hutchings,
Mrs Pearce, Rachel Leggett,
Zoltan Karpathy, Mike Andrews

The object of the society is to promote musical plays, drama, comedies, operettas and other dramatic works, to further the development of public appreciation and taste in the said arts. This year’s autumn production is My Fair Lady, which is bound to be an incredible show. Come along to see for yourself!

Launch of WDDA Deaf Communication Card

You asked, we delivered!  WDDA is pleased to introduce Deaf Communication Cards to help improve the experience of the 2000+ Deaf BSL users accessing services in Dorset.

The purpose of the wallet-sized cards is to help identify patients/service users immediately as deaf and that there is a need for communications support.  The card also includes details of local BSL interpreter services and a 24 hour contact number so that healthcare providers/service providers know how to book a BSL interpreter.

Now that we have the WDDA Deaf Communication Card we want to get them into the hands of every Deaf BSL user in Dorset!

deaf communication card

 

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.

We are currently looking at distribution points – local Deaf Clubs, Audiology Departments, Libraries… We’d value your input on this.  Please comment below with your suggestions.

 

Coming soon – WDDA Hard of Hearing Communication Cards.

 

Train to become a BSL Tutor

Have you thought about a career in teaching?

We’re looking for positive people who can pass on their knowledge of BSL to the next generation of students.

Could you be a Tutor? Are you already a BSL Tutor?

We have courses at Level 1, 2 and 3 beginning in September and are looking to develop BSL Level 4 courses in the future. We are also looking to offer more courses across Dorset and Wiltshire to help meet growing demand.

To find out how Wiltshire & Dorset Deaf Association can support you to teach BSL please email Zoe at admin@wdda.co.uk with a copy of your CV.

 

WDDA family fun day brings hearing and Deaf children and families together

Photo credit: Sian Louise Photography https://sianlouisephotography.com/

Sunday 22 July 2018 saw WDDA tutors, trustees and supporters take our ‘Sign for Change’ campaign out in to the community as we hosted a family fun day in Boscombe Chine Gardens.  The aim of the event was to help bring hearing and Deaf children and families together and to help breakdown some of the barriers to communication by introducing families to BSL and I think it’s safe to say that we did just that!  Our very own award winning Signature Sign Choir took centre stage performing a repertoire of songs, entertaining the crowds and engaging passers by.  We had face painting, arts and crafts, baby sing and sign, BSL sign supported storytelling and signing puppets along with live music, cream teas and a whole lot of cake (thank you to Sainsburys Boscombe and Aldi Boscombe for their generous support and to all those who kindly donated homemade cakes on the day).

We are currently fundraising to support our work teaching Deaf parents of young pupils to deliver to Deaf Awareness & Communication training to local Nursery and Primary Schools in Dorset.  Thanks to all who joined us on Sunday and kindly donated, helping us to raise £92.22

We are how we treat each other, and nothing more…”

Thank you to: Signature Sign Choir, Abi from Arts2Educate, Holly from Little Fingers, Big Feet Baby & Toddler Signing Classes, Glen from Rainbow Arts Dorset CIC, Sian Louise Photography, Sarah Haywood, The Sweet Peas, Bournemouth Deaf Club, Friends of Boscombe Chine Gardens and all the WDDA trustees, tutors and supporters for donating their time and energy to support the event and an extra special thank you to all the children and families who came together to make the event such a success. 

 

Show the Deaf community that you care

Did you know that WDDA offers bespoke BSL training packages for local organisations, businesses and workplaces? Our Bite Sized Introduction to BSL Communication Skills course can be tailored for your specific needs and delivered at your workplace https://bit.ly/2If3oS4

 

Make your business more accessible to the Deaf community

Did you know that WDDA offers bespoke BSL training packages for local organisations, businesses and workplaces? Our Bite Sized Introduction to BSL Communication Skills course can be tailored for your specific needs and delivered at your workplace https://bit.ly/2If3oS4 Upon completion of your training, your business will be presented with a certificate to display so you can show the Deaf community and the community at large that you care. Your business will also be listed as a Deaf Friendly business on our website with a link to your website. Email Zoe at admin@wdda.co.uk for more information.

Posted by Wiltshire & Dorset Deaf Association on Friday, 13 July 2018

Upon completion of your training, your business will be presented with a certificate to display so you can show the Deaf community and the community at large that you care. Your business will also be listed as a Deaf Friendly business on our website with a link to your website.  Email Zoe at admin@wdda.co.uk for more information.

Your privacy matters

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) became law on the 25th May 2018.  It is the first major overhaul of data protection in the UK for 20 years.  The purpose is to give individuals more rights, to have more transparency and to ensure that any organisation that collects, handles or shares personal data does so with a clear and lawful purpose.
The Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulation (PECR) governs the use of electronic channels for communication such as Email.  It says that you cannot email people marketing messages without clear and freely given Consent.

What you need to know:
• You can trust Wiltshire and Dorset Deaf Association to store and use your data responsibly.

• Our Data Controller is George Raggett, who has day-to-day responsibility for data protection.  To find out more about our data protection policies and procedures please contact George via email at admin@wdda.co.uk

• Wiltshire and Dorset Dead Association will only share your data, if necessary, with our awarding body, Signature who themselves are GDPR data compliant.  A copy of our written processor contract between WDDA and Signature is available on request.

• If you are embarking on your BSL learning journey with WDDA it is likely that we will need to communicate with you via email, telephone or text message about the date/s or the arrangements for your training.  WDDA may also contact you about other similar training opportunities and events in the future that we believe will be of interest to you.  If you would prefer us not to contact you via email with information about future training courses/events please just let us know.

You can read our full GDPR Privacy Notice here: http://wdda.co.uk/wp/wdda-privacy-notice/.   You might want to grab yourself a cuppa first though!