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.

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BSL for Beginners Workshop – ‘Have a go at learning something new!’

 Today I attended a BSL beginners workshop and it was wonderful.  I was really nervous about going along on my own especially with my limited BSL knowledge but there was nothing to worry about, everyone was so welcoming and helpful and I learnt so much. I’d recommend anyone with an interest in BSL attend one of these workshops and I can’t wait to join the course in September! – Dani

Following on from the success of our last BSL Workshop that ran earlier this month we have added a new date for another BSL Workshop to coincide with the Festival of Learning ‘Have a Go Month’.

This will be our last BSL Workshop before the start of the new academic year so if you’re thinking of starting your BSL learning journey with us don’t miss out on this fab opportunity to meet and sign with other students and tutors in an informal and fun environment and prepare for the start of formal courses or assessments.

The cost to attend this workshop is £15 including refreshments.  For more information, or to book your place please contact Zoe at

Celebrating Deaf Awareness Week 2018

Deaf Awareness Week 2018 
14–20 May 2018

Do you work with children or young people?  Are you thinking of holding an event during Deaf Awareness Week but don’t know where to start?  Check out some of these fun, interactive and easy to organise activities:

  • Learn the alphabet using fingerspelling.  Now see if you can spell your name with the fingerspelling alphabet. Try your friend’s names too!
    fingerspelling alphabet
  • Learn a song in Makaton or British Sign Language.
  • Think about what equipment a deaf person might use in the home.  You might look at special features on things like fire alarms, telephones or TVs.
  • When we speak our lips move to make shapes to form the words.  Some deaf people can watch your lips and understand what you are saying.  This is called lip-reading.  Why not try this with a friend.  Choose a picture and say the word without making a sound.  See if your friend can guess which one it was.
  • Imagine what it would be like if you were deaf.  Think about all the things you would not be able to hear.  Draw 4 things that you would miss hearing most.

Keep it simple and Make it Fun.  We’d love to know how you get on!  You can share your Deaf Awareness Week stories, events and successes on our Facebook page here: WDDA Deaf Awareness Week 2018



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

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