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.

https://www.change.org/p/uk-parliament-customer-service-workers-have-a-basic-understanding-of-bsl

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 admin@wdda.co.uk or download an enrolment form here  BSL Level 1 enrolment form (Beaufort) (33 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 (73 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 (17 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 (22 downloads) .

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.

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 admin@wdda.co.uk 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 admin@wdda.co.uk

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

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/wdda?utm_term=dJm3g6rwv

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.