Well done to our BSG and Twynham School students!

Congratulations to all 38 students at Bournemouth School for Girls on achieving your BSL 101 Unit after just 9 hours of study.  What a fantastic achievement!  Many thanks to Lynn and George for teaching the sessions and to Wendy and Beccy for their valued input to the success achieved in the assessments.

Congratulations also to all the students at Twynham School on completing your 8 week introduction to Sign Language course with Stefy.

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.

Our ‘Sign for Change’ programme aims to introduce 600 children and young people in Dorset to British Sign Language (BSL) each year.  On a wider level we anticipate that our work within local Nursery and Primary Schools will have a hugely positive impact on the local community as our deaf awareness training helps to break down the barriers to communication faced by pupils who are deaf or have a hearing loss and create a more inclusive environment within your educational setting.  We already have a proven track record of successfully delivering deaf awareness courses and teaching BSL at secondary level at Bournemouth School for Girls and Twynham School and, more recently, at primary level at Talbot Heath School.

Equipping children and young people with the knowledge and skills to be able to communicate with deaf friends also increases self-esteem, provides a foundation for developing sign language skills in the future as they start to think about further education and career paths and, most importantly, helps to reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness.

To give you an idea of the costs involved to introduce the ‘Sign for Change’ programme – £160 will give 20 of your pupils access to 4 hours (delivered over 4 weeks) of deaf awareness and communication training, specifically tailored to their age group.  This works out at just £8 per pupil or £2 per pupil, per week.  We are able to deliver sessions flexibly to fit around your curriculum and other activities so if you would like us to deliver sessions in an alternative format please just let us know.

Upon completion of the ‘Sign for Change’ programme pupils will be able to converse with a signer they have met for the first time using a range of everyday terms and vocabulary to exchange personal details, modes of transport, family, food and drink, calendar, time, weather and clothes.   They will be practiced in rules of basic grammar and structure of British Sign Language and be prepared for studies in further topics.

If you would like to find out more about how our ‘Sign for Change’ programme can form part of your school’s enrichment programme and/or to discuss the possibility of WDDA facilitating a fun, educational and inclusive after school club please contact Zoe at admin@wdda.co.uk

You can donate from as little as £2 via our JustGiving page by clicking on the link below:


If you are a taxpayer, you can ‘gift aid’ your donation. For every £10 you give, we can reclaim £2.50 tax relief from the Government.


Join WDDA for some Festive Fun on Saturday 15th December 2018!

Join us at Bournemouth Deaf Club on Saturday 15th December 2018 for a very special BSL interpreted performance from the fabulous Mark Stickland, The Magical Storybox!

We will also have face painting* and glitter tattoos* with the fantastic Rainbow Arts Dorset CIC, and a festive ‘Sign-a-Long’ with our award winning sign choir, Significance.

We’re aiming to bring hearing and Deaf families and children together to help breakdown some of the barriers to communication and what better way to introduce families to BSL than to learn a festive song and simple signs, and perform 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.

Whilst the Magic Show is free to attend donations are very welcome. Minimum suggested donation: £3 per family.

Thank you to Interpreters Dorset for generously donating their time and resources to support this event.

Please note: BBC South Today will be filming at this event.

WDDA Registered Charity Number: 1103335

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)


*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
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.