FREE Online Bite-Sized Deaf Communication Skills Training!

Fancy learning something new in lockdown?

Thanks to the National Lottery Community Fund we are able to bring our popular Bite-sized Deaf Communication Skills training sessions to you online for FREE as part of our ‘Make It Clear!’ Campaign.

The session is for anyone that wants to know more about how varying degrees of deafness impacts on the daily lives of Deaf and Hard of Hearing people. It provides some useful skills that can be quickly mastered to begin communicating with any deaf or deaf blind person as your patient or their family member, colleague, or acquaintance.

On completion you will be issued an individual certificate of achievement. In addition, customer facing groups and teams will receive a, “We are Deaf Friendly” certificate for public display.

Various dates available.
Places are limited. Booking essential.

Changes amidst the Covid-19 pandemic

Wiltshire and Dorset Deaf Association is working hard to keep our learners and teaching staff safe from the Coronavirus during these unprecedented times.

We have responded to the Covid-19 crisis by moving all of our BSL (British Sign Language) courses online in order to minimise the disruption to our BSL Conversation Class and our Level 1, 2 and 3 qualification courses.  We’ve launched our BSL classes in a virtual format and will be providing online courses instead of our usual face-to-face courses for the foreseeable future.

We understand that disruption to regular classes and the cancellation of exams will be unsettling for many of our learners.  As with any other language, it is important for learners to practise their BSL skills on a regular basis.  Thanks to our awarding body, Signature Deaf,  we have been able to offer all our Level 1, 2 and 3 learners FREE access to a comprehensive online library of video clips and support materials to help learners understand the assessments, develop vocabulary linguistics skills, and practice receptive BSL skills from wherever they are.  BSLHomework is accessible 24 hours a day on a range of devices.

THANK YOU to our BSL Tutors, Stefy and Lynn, and our current cohort of students for your commitment, resilience and willingness to adapt at this uncertain and worrying time enabling us to keep classes running throughout this health crisis.

We are also looking at the new possibilities open to us at this time.  With schools closed and families forced to stay at home we are launching an online BSL Family Signing Class for parents/carers with children aged 10+ who are interested in learning BSL together.  Sessions will run online on a Monday evening 6-8pm for 10 weeks starting on Monday 6th April 2020.  Thanks to George and Louise for coming together to offer this new class.

Stay at home.  Protect our NHS.  Save lives.


*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 or download an enrolment form here  BSL Level 1 enrolment form (Beaufort) (534 downloads)   Concessionary rates available for those who are d/Deaf or caring for d/Deaf dependents.  Instalment options available.

Tailored BSL training packages for local organisations, businesses and workplaces

Learn BSL in the workplace

Would you like your staff to have a basic knowledge of sign language for meeting and greeting your customers, clients or service users?

WDDA offers bespoke BSL training packages for local organisations, businesses and workplaces. Our Bite Sized Introduction to BSL Communication Skills course can be tailored for your specific needs and delivered at your workplace, ensuring good uptake and minimising pressure on valuable staff time and resources.

Course Outline:
CIS Bite Sized Introduction to BSL Communication Skills

Workplace BSL Training Needs Questionnaire:
WDDA BSL in your workplace training needs assessment

Interested?  Simply complete and return our Workplace BSL Training Needs Questionnaire to With this information we will be able to suggest a course of suitable content, duration and cost.

Our Courses

Our Courses

RefTitle (click for more information)Course DurationUpcoming Courses
BSL Workshop (All Levels - Bournemouth Deaf Club)BSL Workshop BOURNEMOUTH1 day @ 3 hours Saturday 16th March 2024 10am-1pm

BSL Conversation Class (Tuesday morning with Amber - Longfleet Baptist Church, Poole)BSL Conversation Class POOLE6 weeks @ 2 hours a weekNext course starts:
Tuesday 20th February 2024

BSL1 (Tuesday evening with Lynn - Tesco Castle Lane, Community Room)British Sign Language Level 1 BOURNEMOUTH32 weeks @ 2 hours a weekNext course starts: September 2024
BSL2 (Tuesday evening with Louise - Bournemouth Deaf Club)British Sign Language Level 2 BOURNEMOUTH36 weeks @ 2.5 hours a weekNext course starts: September 2024

BSL3 (Thursday evening with Louise and George - Bournemouth Deaf Club)British Sign Language Level 3 BOURNEMOUTH36 weeks @ 2.5 hours a weekNext course starts: September 2024

BSL Access to Level 3 Class (Thursday evening with Louise and George - Bournemouth Deaf Club)BSL Level 3 Access Class BOURNEMOUTH30 weeks @ 2.5 hours a weekNext course starts:
September 2024
DAC1 Deaf and Deaf Blind Awareness and Communication DAC14 days @ 2.5 hours TBC

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