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 (141 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 (3 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 (28 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.

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

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

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 (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 or phone/text 07793284109 for further information or to book.