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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (please let Sarah know if you require sign support on the day)
The Alternate Routes – ‘Nothing More’ signed by George Raggett
Fancy joining our award winning Signing Choir ‘Significance’ for a ‘Sign-a-Long’ on Sunday 22 July?
We’re aiming to bring the community together to help breakdown some of the barriers to communication and what better way to introduce families to BSL than to learn a song and simple signs, and perform along with 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.
The song we have chosen is ‘Nothing More’ by The Alternate Routes. To give you a taster, and a chance to have a go at learning to ‘Sign-a-Long’, our very talented Tutor and Trustee George has kindly filmed this video for you. Let us know how you get on, even better – why not post a video clip of you signing to music on our Facebook event page and help encourage others to join us for the big ‘Sign-a-Long’ in Boscombe Chine Gardens on Sunday 22 July! https://www.facebook.com/events/431754227270904/
“we are how we treat each other, and nothing more.”
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.
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