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  4. Hiya, I'm from Spain. Last year I started learning Spanish sign language and I've studied as far as B1 level. I'm curious to find out how different Spanish and British sign languages are. And so far there are a few🙃. Good luck and enjoy the course!!
  5. Hi everybody, About to start learning BSL Level 1. Very excited and hopefully I can use this forum as a place to practice with everybody!
  6. Hi, I'm a musician and artist and learning BSL to improve my communication skills and start the process of developing performances/artwork/events that are suitable and interesting for both D/deaf and hearing audiences/artists. Learning BSL online seemed like a good place to start and a way to connect with people. I co-direct an experimental sound festival based in the Midlands and we would like to develop some new work with D/deaf and hearing artists to make multi-media performances/artworks. If you're a sonic/visual artist, or know anyone who is, I'd love to hear from you and know what you do!
  7. Hi AIP27, I think it would just be - Ready Go, Unless anyone else knows different.
  8. My name is Laura and I am completing the BSL course as I am a student nurse and I hope to enhance my communication skills.
  9. I work in a surgery as a care coordinator helping the elderly frail and supporting people with learning disabilities. I thought this would be an additional skill set to have
  10. Hello, please could anyone help me with the sign for Ready, Steady/Set, Go! Thank you in advance
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    Hi everyone 🙂
  12. I'm a student nurse and realise that some may need a nurse who understands BSL. Learning sign also encourages inclusivity and diversity. It's good to chat to people from all walks of life.
  13. I have grown up with my sisters, and one is profoundly deaf so i have always been able to sign from a young age. Signing with my sister and family members has been fine and a good way of communication. However, when at work ( i work as a manager in a restaurant) i have always found it difficult to use sign with other people as i get nervous (it doesn't stop me). I would love to become more confident and one day become an interpreter so i can help people and grow my skills.
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  15. I don’t have a great answer, as many do that I have read here. I am just enjoying learning new things, I want to be able to be inclusive when possible and generally just fascinated when I see people having conversations in sign.
  16. Let’s see…I am original Swiss but living and working in the uk for 17 years. I am learning BSL out of interest. I love watching when people use it in public and always think it would be so much nicer if more people could understand and join.
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    Hi my name is Craig. I am learning sign because I think everybody deserves to be heard. I have been in multiple situations where I have not been able to communicate effectively with somebody who uses sign as their main form of communication and would like to have the ability to be able to communicate if this happens again so that they feel more included. I recently saw some examples of this on television that really struck a cord with me as I have travelled extensively and know how it feels to live in a community where it is difficult to communicate. It is difficult to be able to fully express yourself under these circumstance and show your full personality. I work in social services so being able to sign would be especially beneficial in my line of work.
  18. Hello everyone I am NIamh, I am learning BSL as i think this will help me with my career looking after children with special needs to ensure they are all included even if they are are unable to hear or are non-communicative.
  19. Hi Everyone am very new to signing after being in the army and many years in a steel works I'm now very hard of hearing in my later years it is proving to be easier to learn than French and German as I am learning words far Moree quickly ,I understand sign language will not help me communicate with the majority of the public but hoping it will help going forward , i'm hoping this forum will help and any guidance you can share will be very welcome Thanks
  20. Job Title: Front of House Operations Accountable to: General Secretary Hours: Monday – Friday 40 hours a week (10.30am – 6.30pm) Salary: In excess of London Living Wage Overall Purpose of the Job To provide a smooth running and welcoming reception service, with a positive first experience for all visitors to 18 Leather Lane. This requires a calm, friendly and helpful customer-facing attitude in a busy office, liaising with Remark! staff who work for the company and the charity, as well as numerous visitors and external clients. Key Responsibilities Reporting to the General Secretary, you will undertake a key role to: Reception desk - Provide a friendly and professional welcome to all visitors and clients coming into reception, including the offer of tea/coffee or water whilst they await their appointments - Notify colleagues of visitor or client arrivals, if no immediate response, contact the team or manager - Answer telephone calls and deal with face-to-face enquiries in a warm, friendly and professional manner, direct calls to appropriate colleagues - Take and deliver accurate messages, with names, call back numbers/email address legibly written or emailed promptly to appropriate colleagues to follow up - Record arrival and departure of all visitors for fire safety purposes, and note incomings/departures of staff - Liaise with couriers who deliver goods to the premises - Correctly distribute posts and deliveries to the relevant parties and colleagues, and notify them - Ensure all outgoing office post is safely posted by the end of each working day - Help maintain the booking diary for office facilities, including our meeting rooms which provide part of the training/meeting room diaries - Maintain a tidy reception area that projects a professional image - Report any maintenance issues immediately to the Operations Manager, including furniture, fittings, and equipment - In the event of a fire and/or any other emergency requiring all staff to evacuate the building, ensure that the visitors' book and any staff movement sheets are safely removed - Ensure the stationery cupboard is stocked with essential stationery supplies, and process new orders at appropriate intervals - Undertake any other duties as reasonably requested by your line manager, including tasks deemed necessary to support the smooth, everyday running of the office Fundraising - Organising and helping with fundraising activities such as sponsored or promotional events and street collections. - Develop and update a strategic plan to guide fundraising activities and revenue generation by researching prospective donors, planning donation campaigns and events and using online platforms to raise donations. - Working towards a fundraising target of £10,000 per year. - Raise awareness of the charity, its service, successes and plans within the local community and through both social media and the local press. Deliver presentations and attend events related to fundraising. Generic - Internal events of staff celebrations, Awards including Internal communication updates on Staff Portal. - Organise birthday cards and celebrations for our employees. - Lead Sign Club on Tuesdays from 5-7pm. - Report an issue (ERS). Monitor the system and train staff where appropriate. - Assist the Operations Manager to ensure the building is Health & Safety compliant (e.g. Covid secure) understand Risk Assessments and follow protocols. - Create and post content on Remark! Social Media platforms whilst working closely with the Services Manager. Person specification Skills and knowledge required: Excellent communication skills, both in person and in writing Excellent problem solver Friendly, smart and professional customer-facing attitude and behaviour Ability to prioritise and organise, working in a busy environment Good knowledge or experience of office procedures and policies Good IT skills, especially relating to Microsoft Office, email and calendar online systems aswell as the manual handling of IT equipment A proactive attitude A team player, able to work effectively and collaboratively with other Remark! colleagues Diplomacy and sensitivity, when faced with challenging or awkward situations Knowledge of relevant Health and Safety legislation or policies Flexibility to work weekends and evenings, when required, which will be linked to our TOIL policy Awareness of diversity/equality issues The ability to positively represent Remark!, our ethos and core values Minimum BSL Level 3 or native BSL user If you are interested in applying for this position, please send your CV with a covering email explaining why you are applying for the role to; Annie O’Shea - General Secretary Application Deadline: 8th July 2022 https://www.remark.uk.com/work-for-us/frontofhouse
  21. Job Advertisement Job Title: Living CSW & Administrator Location: London wide Accountable to: Remark! Living Registered Manager Hours: Full Time Monday – Friday (40 hours a week) Some weekend work will be required. Salary: £24,000 – £27,080 (based on experience) Applying: Remark! is an Equal Opportunities Employer (EOE) If you are interested in joining us, please send a CV and covering letter describing how your experience matches the role to Jonny Nelson: Contact: [email protected] Deadline: Friday 15th July 2022 Interviews: Week commencing 18th July 2022 About Remark! Living Remark! Living works with service users who are elderly, disabled, or have additional needs and simply need our support to remain independent at home, and out in the community. We provide experienced Deaf BSL Support Workers who engage with a wide array of clients, of all ages and disabilities. We also provide a range of domiciliary and personal care services tailored to meet our clients' needs and are fully registered with the Care Quality Commission for both under and over 18. In addition, our popular mentoring service works with young deaf people that need extra support in a difficult transition period. We help by providing positive deaf role models who guide these youngsters and support them in making positive life choices. Many deaf teenagers lack confidence and have a low self-esteem. We also work with them to build their confidence and develop healthier relationships with their families through our Family Support Service. Principle accountabilities: • Provide a timely and accurate communication support role to the Care Coordinator and other Deaf staff at Remark! • Interpret for Deaf colleagues in the office • Interpret for Deaf colleagues out at meetings • Interpreting telephone calls • Provide written English support to Deaf colleagues • Provide voiceovers during appropriate meetings • Taking notes at meetings when required • Ensure effective administration of services within your remit • Be a member of front-line staff, greeting clients and answering the phones • Deal with general enquiries or re-direct enquiries as necessary, ensuring that phones are answered within 3 rings and all email enquiries are acknowledged or resolved within 24 days / hours • Responding to clients’ needs in order to minimise complaint(s) or settle these promptly • Contribute to the effective running of Remark! Living • Plan ahead and shape Remark! Living's offer to attract, recruit and retain clients, and grow our client base • Produce written documents to a high standard • Maintain professional standards of practice and abide by Remark’s internal policies and procedures as well as external practices laid out by CQC • Liaise with clients, social workers and other organisations related to the delivery of our work • Use management information and research to feed into plans and promotional activity • Support colleagues in other teams to deliver their projects e.g. translating, transcription, interpreting and support with language, and any other duties appropriate to the grade and nature of the post • Undertake any other duties as reasonably requested by the Care Coordinator Person specification: Essential • Be highly efficient and able to problem solve • Level 3 Certificate in BSL or working towards • Be numerically literate and have an excellent grasp of written English • Possess excellent verbal and signed communication skills • Possess excellent administration and computer skills • Have experience in working with Deaf people and in-depth knowledge of Deaf issues • Have experience in working in an office environment • Have the ability to work on own initiative as a member of a team • Have excellent telephone manner • Have excellent listening skills – efficiently manage information relevant to various clients and their needs • Have excellent interpersonal skills – build a rapport with clients and professionals from a wide range of different backgrounds • Possesses a “can-do” attitude and able to grasp a wide variety of tasks independently Desirable • Experience in providing Communication Support • Level 6 in BSL • Knowledge and skills of the care sector • Experience in working with vulnerable adults www.remark.uk.com/work-for-us/living-communication-support-worker-administrator
  22. I am coming out of university and as an inclusive dance artist/ teacher, I am trying to be as diverse as possible. I am also going into teaching in the next academic year in a school that is for children with hearing impairments and I think I will be able to have better communication, understanding and connections with the children if I can speak to them using sign language. Is there anyone on here that is a dance teacher for those with hearing impairments? I would love to connect and discuss how you teach/ what sort of exercises work best etc? as I am very new to teaching in this way and would appreciate any knowledge from those more experienced. (Not all of the children know a lot of sign language but a few do).
  23. I'm Simon and I'm deaf on my right side since I was 8. Its always worried me that I could lose my hearing completely and thought it was about time I learnt BSL
  24. Our popular 'Summer Intensive' is back. Our intensive courses are run three days per week for four weeks. They are starting on Monday 1st August and finishing on Wednesday 24th August. Contact us to enquire or book your places. Please express your preference if you would like it to be remote learning via ZOOM or a Face to Face at our Training Centre in London. www.remark.uk.com/bsl-level-1 #BritishSignLanguage #BSL #IntensiveCourse #SignLanguage #SummerClass
  25. I’m not quite sure if I’m doing this right but…. I’ve been running a BSL Signing Club at the Primary School I work at since Lockdown, I’ve got an average of 25-30 Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 children at each session. I’m hearing, well losing my hearing as I age, and don’t wear my hearing aids all the time. My daughter teaches at a school which has a Deaf Centre so she’s really the one who’s got me interested in BSL also the fact that I’ve just applied for a new job and BSL would help.
  26. I'm a hearing person who is learning BSL as a part of my DofE. I think it is such an important language to be able to speak and I've wanted to learn for a while, I've just been looking for the time and motivation I've had an interest since primary school where a picked up a small amount of mackaton, although that has made it slightly difficult to differenciate between bsl and mackaton for me sometimes.
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    • Hiya, I'm from Spain. Last year I started learning Spanish sign language and I've studied as far as B1 level.  I'm curious to find out how different Spanish and British sign languages are.  And so far there are a few🙃. Good luck and enjoy the course!!
    • Hi everybody, About to start learning BSL Level 1. Very excited and hopefully I can use this forum as a place to practice with everybody!
    • Hi, I'm a musician and artist and learning BSL to improve my communication skills and start the process of developing performances/artwork/events that are suitable and interesting for both D/deaf and hearing audiences/artists. Learning BSL online seemed like a good place to start and a way to connect with people. I co-direct an experimental sound festival based in the Midlands and we would like to develop some new work with D/deaf and hearing artists to make multi-media performances/artworks.  I
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