Significance Sign Choir perform ‘My Fair Lady’

Our fabulous Significance Sign Choir will be signing the 2:30pm matinee performance of My Fair Lady.

Ferndown Phoenix Musical Society presents
19th – 22nd September 2018 at 7.30pm (2:30pm sign supported matinee performance)
Tickets £15 Adults £12.50 Children & Seniors
At: Barrington Theatre, Ferndown

Main Cast List:
Eliza, Chelsea Robson,
Col. Pickering, Bernard Gardner,
Henry Higgins, Jeremy Mills,
Mrs Higgins, Sally Ager,
Freddy, Matt Tyler,
Alfred P Doolittle, Mike Hutchings,
Mrs Pearce, Rachel Leggett,
Zoltan Karpathy, Mike Andrews

The object of the society is to promote musical plays, drama, comedies, operettas and other dramatic works, to further the development of public appreciation and taste in the said arts. This year’s autumn production is My Fair Lady, which is bound to be an incredible show. Come along to see for yourself!

Train to become a BSL Tutor

Have you thought about a career in teaching?

We’re looking for positive people who can pass on their knowledge of BSL to the next generation of students.

Could you be a Tutor? Are you already a BSL Tutor?

We have courses at Level 1, 2 and 3 beginning in September and are looking to develop BSL Level 4 courses in the future. We are also looking to offer more courses across Dorset and Wiltshire to help meet growing demand.

To find out how Wiltshire & Dorset Deaf Association can support you to teach BSL please email Zoe at with a copy of your CV.


WDDA family fun day brings hearing and Deaf children and families together

Photo credit: Sian Louise Photography

Sunday 22 July 2018 saw WDDA tutors, trustees and supporters take our ‘Sign for Change’ campaign out in to the community as we hosted a 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.  We had face painting, arts and crafts, baby sing and sign, BSL sign supported storytelling and signing puppets along with live music, cream teas and a whole lot of cake (thank you to Sainsburys Boscombe and Aldi Boscombe for their generous support and to all 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 £92.22

We are how we treat each other, and nothing more…”

Thank you to: Signature Sign Choir, Abi from Arts2Educate, Holly from Little Fingers, Big Feet Baby & Toddler Signing Classes, Glen from Rainbow Arts Dorset CIC, Sian Louise Photography, Sarah Haywood, The Sweet Peas, 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. 


WDDA to take on the ‘Eggheads’!

CONGRATULATIONS and GOOD LUCK to George, Heather, Charis, Louise, Jas and Matt, aka our WDDA ‘Sign for Change’ Team, on making it through the auditions to appear as contestants on the 21st series of BBC2 quiz show Eggheads!

Wiltshire and Dorset Deaf Association will be heading to Glasgow, armed with quizzing knowhow, this July to take on the resident general knowledge geniuses and beat the Eggheads.  It’s no mean feat to have made it through to filming.  We are so proud of our team for putting themselves forward to represent WDDA and the deaf and hard of hearing community on national television.

Stay tuned to BBC2 this Autumn to find out how they get on!