During 2015, Action Deafness Cultural’s Lottery funded HearNow Forward project was able to offer two free British Sign Language Level 1 courses in Derby, for people to improve communication with deaf people for whom BSL is their first language.

One course was specifically aimed at parents/carers of deaf children, to improve communication within the ‘family’ unit, and the second was for professionals working with deaf people, with a mixture of social workers, people working with deaf children, and Police Liaison Officers for Deaf people (PLOD!) The courses finished just before Christmas, and we are pleased to announce that…

ALL the students passed!!!

HUGE congratulations to everyone! What a fantastic belated Christmas present!

Here are a few examples of some of the comments we’ve received from the students:

“Excellent course – Katherine was a great tutor and made the course interesting and informative I feel very proud to have attained BSL Level 1!”

“I thoroughly enjoyed learning BSL Level 1 and enjoyed it so much that I wish to carry on with the same tutor if possible.”

“I really liked the variety of materials used for the course. It made learning much more interesting. Kathy was an excellent tutor and varied the speed of her signing according to the student she was talking to. There was plenty of humour in the session which made the lessons much more memorable.  Ian came to teach a couple of sessions and his sessions were especially fun.”

We’re hoping that some of the students may want to join a Level 2 course now that they’ve caught the BSL bug!

Finally we’d like to say a big thank you to Katherine Hancock and Ian Carpenter who were our fantastic course tutors, and to the Royal School for Deaf Children in Derby, RSDD, who worked with us, providing the room! Thank you all!

Congratulations once again to all our students!

(And if anyone else is interested in joining them on a Level 2 course in the spring time, then please get in touch for further information, on 0116 253 3208 or email knowledge@actiondeafness.org.uk)