Nuclear medicine is now Deaf-Friendly

Last month Wiltshire and Dorset Deaf Association Trustees, George and Donna, along with WDDA Tutor Lynn, had the pleasure of delivering a bespoke deaf awareness and communication tactics training day for the nuclear medicine team at Poole Hospital.  Feedback from the staff who participated in the training course that was tailored to meet the needs of their specific department within the hospital and its patients has been fantastic with staff describing the day as “engaging, interactive and exceedingly interesting”.

The department’s enthusiasm and commitment to making Nuclear Medicine deaf friendly is something to be applauded.  George was invited to visit the department, only a week or so after the training day, to give feedback on the practical changes put in to place within the department to help make it more deaf friendly and was impressed to learn that staff had already had the opportunity to put their newly learnt skills in to practise.


“The trainers managed to make it relevant to our clinical work, so if you need to know sign-language for ‘radioactive injection’ just ask one of our team.  The learning from this day has already helped us communicate not only with our patients, but also with our colleagues and family members who are hard of hearing. We thoroughly recommend that other teams take the time to learn these skills.”  – Kat Dixon, Head of Nuclear Medicine.  


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.  Upon completion of your training, you will be presented with a certificate to display so you can show the Deaf community and the community at large that you care.  Your organisation/business will also be listed as a Deaf Friendly business on our website with a link to your website.

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  With this information we will be able to suggest a course of suitable content, duration and cost.



AFCB Match Day Support Services Assistant (BSL)

AFC Bournemouth are looking to recruit Match Day Support Services Assistants with a BSL Level 2 qualification (or equivalent) to help improve the match day experience for their d/Deaf and hard of hearing football fans.

WDDA is keen to support this initiative and are working closely with AFC Bournemouth to help make the club more inclusive.  On 15th September 2019 WDDA trustees George Raggett and Keith Simmons, along with a small group of football fans from the local d/Deaf and hard of hearing community, were invited to attend the Vitality Stadium to watch the AFC Bournemouth vs Everton match and given the opportunity to provide feedback on the overall experience of accessibility for Deaf people with diverse communication needs.  We are also looking to offer BSL and communication tactics training with an aim of equipping their match day team with simple tips and the confidence to maximise the success of their first encounter with a deaf or deafblind person.

You can download a Job Description here: AFCB Supporter Services Assistant JD (38 downloads)   If you think this role might be for you please contact


No Subtitles in Real Life

Please show your support for this inspirational team of young people, part of the NCS – National Citizen Service​: ‘No Subtitles in Real Life’ based in Weymouth, Dorset and sign their petition to make basic sign language a requirement in customer services.

To help raise awareness for people with hearing difficulties the team will be organising a march through Weymouth Town Centre, Dorset on 30 July 2019 where they will introduce members of the public to some basic British Sign Language.

Do you think sign language should become a basic requirement? If so, sign NOW!
Remember: There are no subtitles in real life.

Play the lottery, support WDDA!

BH Coastal Lottery is an exciting weekly lottery that raises money for good causes in Bournemouth.  All good causes supported by the lottery will benefit Bournemouth and its residents.

Play the lottery, support Bournemouth – it’s that simple!  To date, Wiltshire and Dorset Deaf Association has already received in the region of £100 thanks to the generosity of our supporters.

Tickets for the lottery cost just £1 per week.  Each ticket has a 1 in 50 chance to win a prize each week, with a top prize of £25,000!  That’s a better chance of winning than the National Lottery or the Health Lottery!

Each ticket will consist of 6 numbers and each number will be between 0 and 9.  There will be a draw every Saturday night when a 6 digit winning combination will be picked.  Prizes will be given to players with tickets that match the first or last 2-6 numbers from the winning combination.  Match all 6 and you win the JACKPOT!

To support Wiltshire and Dorset Deaf Association all you have to do is to join the BH Coastal Lottery using the WDDA BH Coastal Lottery page.  WDDA collect 50% of all ticket sales made.


*NEW* BSL Level 1 course for September 2019

In response to demand we will be holding a second BSL Level 1 course again in the 2019/20 academic year.

This course will run on Thursday evenings at Beaufort Community Centre, Beaufort Road, Southbourne, Dorset BH6 5LB with WDDA Tutor Lynn Preston.

Our Tuesday evening BSL Level 1 course will run at Bournemouth Deaf Club with WDDA Tutor Stefy Bella. *ALMOST FULLY BOOKED – 1 SPACE AVAILABLE!*

For more information, or to book, please email Zoe at or download an enrolment form here  BSL Level 1 enrolment form (Beaufort) (131 downloads)   Concessionary rates available for those who are d/Deaf or caring for d/Deaf dependents.  Instalment options available.

Health Information Week 2019

If you want to find out more about Deaf awareness or are interested in learning BSL with us, pop in to Wareham Library this Thursday between 10am and 12pm.

As part of Health Information Week (1-7 July 2019) Wareham Library have invited us to come to the library and provide information about our services.

Wiltshire and Dorset Deaf Association will have an information point set up near the library entrance and WDDA Trustee and Tutor, George Raggett, will be available to speak to customers as they come in. #HIW2019

‘Family Fun Day’ brings BSL to Boscombe Chine Gardens!

Sunday 23 June 2019 saw WDDA tutors, trustees and supporters take our ‘Sign for Change’ campaign out in to the community as we hosted our second 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 and members of our Junior Sign Choir made a real impact with their first ever public performance.  We had face painting, arts and crafts, a bric a brac stall, a Teddy Tombola, a fabulously entertaining magic show performed by local magician Andy Walker and a whole lot of cake (thank you to 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 £184.11  Our target is £5,000 – over the course of the past 12 months we have raised a whopping £2,976.26 with grants from AFCB Cherries Community Fund & South West Foundation,  donations from Asda Green Token Charity Scheme, BH Coastal Lottery and PayPal Giving Fund and through our own fundraising events and the generosity of our supporters.  THANK YOU!

Thank you to: Signature Sign Choir, WDDA Junior Sign Choir, Andy the Magician,  Kate from Rainbow Face Painting and Body Art, 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.


BSL Level 1,2 & 3 – Apply now for September 2019


We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for British Sign Language (BSL) Level 1,2 & 3 courses starting in September/October 2019.

Our BSL Level 1 course will run on Tuesday evenings 7-9pm at Bournemouth Deaf Club starting on
15 October 2019 (32 weeks) BSL Level 1 enrolment form (218 downloads) .

Our BSL Level 2 course will run on Wednesday evenings 6:30-9pm at Bournemouth Deaf Club starting on
25 September 2019 (36 weeks) BSL Level 2 enrolment form (73 downloads) .

Our BSL Level 3 course will run on Thursday evenings 6:30-9pm at Bournemouth Deaf Club starting on
12 September 2019 (38 weeks) BSL Level 3 enrolment form (64 downloads) .

Please contact Zoe at 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.

Junior Sign Choir launching on 9 March!

We are launching our Junior Sign Choir on Saturday 9th March 2019!

Come and join us at Bournemouth Deaf Club in Pokesdown, Bournemouth from 2-3:30pm.  The choir would be open to all young people aged 5-15.

Please share this post with anyone who might be interested and email Zoe at if you would like to register your interest in joining our ‘Sign for Change’ Junior Sign Choir.



Festive Fun and Filming!

A big THANK YOU to Mark from The Magical Storybox, Stef from Interpreters Dorset, Significance Sign Choir and Glen from Rainbow Arts Dorset CIC for so generously donating their time and services for our Family Friendly Festive Fundraiser that took place at Bournemouth Deaf Club on Saturday 15 December 2018.  Our BSL interpreted magic show went down a treat with children and adults alike and the little ones loved the Christmassy glitter  tattoos!

Click on the link below to see the lovely film produced by BBC South Today of our families performing a a beautiful version of Silent Night with our award winning sign choir Significance at the event.  This film has now had over 11k views on Facebook!

BBC South – Silent Night

We’d love to hold more family friendly events for d/Deaf and hearing children and families in 2019 but can only do it with your support.  Thanks again to everyone who joined us, it was so lovely to meet you all.