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!

Join us for a ‘Sign-a-Long’ in Boscombe Chine Gardens!

The Alternate Routes – ‘Nothing More’ signed by George Raggett

Fancy joining our award winning Signing Choir ‘Significance’ for a ‘Sign-a-Long’ on Sunday 22 July?

We’re aiming to bring the community together to help breakdown some of the barriers to communication and what better way to introduce families to BSL than to learn a song and simple signs, and perform along with the song TOGETHER!  You’ll have lots of fun while helping Wiltshire and Dorset Deaf Association to raise money to support our work teaching Deaf parents of young pupils to deliver Deaf Awareness & Communication training to local Nursery and Primary Schools in Dorset.

The song we have chosen is ‘Nothing More’ by The Alternate Routes.  To give you a taster, and a chance to have a go at learning to ‘Sign-a-Long’, our very talented Tutor and Trustee George has kindly filmed this video for you.  Let us know how you get on, even better – why not post a video clip of you signing to music on our Facebook event page and help encourage others to join us for the big ‘Sign-a-Long’ in Boscombe Chine Gardens on Sunday 22 July! https://www.facebook.com/events/431754227270904/

“we are how we treat each other, and nothing more.”

WDDA to take on the ‘Eggheads’!

CONGRATULATIONS and GOOD LUCK to George, Heather, Charis, Louise, Jas and Matt, aka our WDDA ‘Sign for Change’ Team, on making it through the auditions to appear as contestants on the 21st series of BBC2 quiz show Eggheads!

Wiltshire and Dorset Deaf Association will be heading to Glasgow, armed with quizzing knowhow, this July to take on the resident general knowledge geniuses and beat the Eggheads.  It’s no mean feat to have made it through to filming.  We are so proud of our team for putting themselves forward to represent WDDA and the deaf and hard of hearing community on national television.

Stay tuned to BBC2 this Autumn to find out how they get on!

Congratulations to Significance Sign Choir!

Huge congratulations to Significance Sign Choir who came 3rd Place in the second National Signing Choir competition 2018 that took place on Saturday 19th May 2018 at Medway Park in Gillingham, Kent.

Wondering what a sign choir actually involves?

They are choirs that perform like any other choir but rather than sing with their voices, they sing with their hands in British Sign Language, while telling a visual story behind the song they are “Singing”.  Singers express the song through the pitch, tone and emotion of their voices, Signing Song performers do the same with their hands, body and facial expressions, it is a visual spectacular for the senses.

Want to find out more?

Significance Sign Choir is part of WDDA and practice at Bournemouth Deaf Club.

You can follow Significance Sign Choir on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/SignifianceSignChoir/

Sign for Change – Sunday 22 July 2018

Wiltshire and Dorset Deaf Association is holding a family friendly fundraising and deaf awareness event ‘Sign for Change’ in Boscombe Chine Gardens (Christchurch Road end) on Sunday 22 July 2018 11am-4pm.  We will be hosting a screening of the Oscar winning film ‘The Silent Child’ and introduction to BSL sessions inside the FOBGC Education Centre (next to the basketball court) alongside a vintage style tea party and refreshments throughout the day, a performance from our Signing Choir ‘Significance’ outside and a range of children’s activities.

The aim of the event is 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.  We are 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.

For more information please contact admin@wdda.co.uk

BSL Level 1,2 & 3 – Apply now for September 2018

We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for British Sign Language (BSL) Level 1,2 & 3 courses starting in September 2018

Our BSL Level 1 course will run on Wednesday evenings 7-9pm at Bournemouth Deaf Club starting on
12 September 2018 (32 weeks).

Our BSL Level 2 course will run on Tuesday evenings 6:30-9pm at Bournemouth Deaf Club starting on
11 September 2018 (36 weeks).

Our BSL Level 3 course will run on Thursday evenings 6:30-9pm at Bournemouth Deaf Club starting on
13 September 2018 (38 weeks).

Please contact Zoe at admin@wdda.co.uk or phone/text 07793284109 for further information or to request an enrolment form.  WDDA is able to offer a 30% discount to deaf people or their carers.  Course fees can also be paid in instalments to help spread the cost.

Tailored BSL training packages for local organisations, businesses and workplaces

Learn BSL in the workplace

Would you like your staff to have a basic knowledge of sign language for meeting and greeting your customers, clients or service users?

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, ensuring good uptake and minimising pressure on valuable staff time and resources.

Course Outline:
CIS Bite Sized Introduction to BSL Communication Skills

Workplace BSL Training Needs Questionnaire:
WDDA BSL in your workplace training needs assessment

Interested?  Simply complete and return our Workplace BSL Training Needs Questionnaire to admin@wdda.co.uk. With this information we will be able to suggest a course of suitable content, duration and cost.