Join us in a VE Day 75 ‘Sign a Long’ at 9pm!

To mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day this nation has been invited to take part in a singalong of Dame Vera Lynn’s wartime classic, ‘We’ll meet again’ that will be broadcast on BBC 1 at 9pm on Friday 8th May.

As we face some of the most challenging times since the end of the Second World War, now more than ever it is important to come together and unite.

Thanks to members of our award winning sign choir Significance, St Clement’s Signs in Worship Group and Sign Language students from Skills and Learning (Blandford) we will be giving you the chance to ‘Sign a Long’!  You can join us in your home at 9pm on Friday 8th May.  The signed video performance will also be broadcast on our Facebook page.

Signs in Worship

St Clements Signs In Worship Group (SCSW) was established in 2015 in an attempt to provide a uniform platform for using signs and gestures in worship, particularly for contemporary church music introduced by the musicians of the Worship Band led by Colin Crabb, who lead the family services here twice a month.

Jesus be the Centre performed by St Clements Signs in Worship Group

The group currently has 7 members led by George Raggett, a Trustee of Wiltshire and Dorset Deaf Association (WDDA), who has been teaching British Sign Language for 18 years and was encouraged to introduce signing in worship by Stuart Dimes, a curate at the time and also a BSL student of George’s back in 2002.

However it was only when WDDA established their signing choir, Significance in 2010 with Isobel Heaton, Evelyn Riggs and George from St Clements as founder members, that signing in worship became a regular occurrence for special services at Christmas and Summer Concerts in aid of Romanian Orphanages attending holiday camps at the House of Grace.

Significance have been competing at the annual Jersey Eisteddfod of Performing Arts since 2012 where Sign Choirs from around the UK are invited to perform 2 contrasting pieces.  Inspired by some of the contemporary church music introduced by the worship band at St Clements, the choir always included one in their performance.  In 2015 they performed a firm favourite at St Clements, “10,000 Reasons”, by Matt Readman and were thrilled to be judged overall winners of the Sign Choir section.  They have since gone from strength to strength and were winners again in 2017.

St Clements Signs in Worship group FB Page

The SCSW group has 4 members who are hard of hearing and are joined for practices by supporters who attend other local churches where signing is also used.  Though St Clements is not regularly visited by profoundly deaf people who use BSL as their first language, preferring instead to worship at their own churches, they do come for the special services.  The clergy, Worship Band and congregation at St Clements are very supportive of the extra dimension the group brings to worship and all are encouraged to join in.  We love signing songs together, using everything but our voice to express ourselves and glorify God and our Lord, Jesus Christ.

During the enforced closure of St Clements due to the Social Distancing measures introduced to combat the spread of Coronavirus, the group have been meeting up once a week on Tuesday morning using online video links to sign songs to share via social media, read scripture and pray for the needs of the world.  We would welcome anyone interested, to join us at any time, now or in the future – you do not need to have previous experience of signing.  Founder member Jan Clark and Sally Pierce both joined when they first began learning Sign Language and quickly made huge contributions to both SCSW and Significance choirs, just as our two newest recruits, Michelle Merrell and Roland Newborn are doing since they joined.  So come on…..

‘Raise your hands all you nations, sign to God the whole creation, how awesome is the Lord most high!’   

WDDA launch NEW Baby & Child Signing Sessions!

 

Wiltshire and Dorset Deaf Association is pleased to introduce NEW Baby & Child Signing sessions in Dorchester AND Bournemouth!

The sessions are open to all ages, mums/dads/carers and pre school children particularly welcome.

Have fun learning some basic signs used at home and sign a simple song or two using British Signing Language (BSL) signs.

If you are interested in attending our FREE Taster Session in Dorchester on Monday 24 February please click on the link to register online.  http://www.123formbuilder.com/form-5247990/booking-form

If you are interested in attending our FREE Taster Session in Bournemouth on Thursday 27 February please click on the link to register online. http://www.123formbuilder.com/form-5259693/booking-form-bournemouth

 

If you would prefer to print off a registration form please contact admin@wdda.co.uk

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Join us for some Festive Fun this Saturday at Bournemouth Deaf Club!

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY | SATURDAY | 2-4PM | FREE!

Join us at Bournemouth Deaf Club on Saturday 21 December for an afternoon of festive fun!

This event is open to ALL families and children, d/Deaf and hearing.

We’ll have entertainment in the form of an interactive magic show courtesy of The Magical Storybox, FREE face painting and glitter tattoos with the fabulous Diamond Faces, children’s Christmas craft activities, the chance to join our Junior Sign Choir ‘Signettes’ in a seasonal ‘Sign-a-Long’, refreshments and…. we’ve just had news that the children might even be lucky enough to get a special visit from the Big Man himself… FATHER CHRISTMAS!

The event runs from 2-4pm. Free to attend although any donations will be gratefully received on the day.

Bournemouth Deaf Club is fully accessible.  Toilets available.  There is free on street parking.  The nearest bus stop is just a 5 minute walk away on Christchurch Road (outside The Bell pub).  The nearest train station is Pokesdown, a short walk from the Club.

 

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

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.

 

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.

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

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)

https://www.facebook.com/events/497575640709177/

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