Baby Sign Language, Signalong, and Makaton are communication systems that incorporate signs but are not the same as British Sign Language. Signalong and Makaton are systems often used by people with communication difficulties. Use this topic to discuss these.
Hi I’ve just started to learn BSL. I am finding it quite enjoyable at the moment. I sometimes have trouble hearing people in conversations if they talk rather quietly but other than that I’m fine. I heard about this course at work and they were going to run a group session so I signed up for it but sadly it didn’t happen so decided to go it alone. Just hope I can do it justice 🙂
Hi, we have a perfect opportunity for you to develop your BSL and practice in real life situations!
We have a number of jobs available to support young people with BSL needs in various locations in Hertfordshire and London - These hours are very small and ideal for people who already work or would like a little bit of experience. There is opportunity to work with several people for more hours.
Each service varies and people do different activities, some love to be adventurous and go rock climbing, ice skating, swimming etc. Others just prefer to go for a cup of tea, others remain in the house and do communication and development activities.
A little bit about Sense - We work with people with multi-sensory impairments and support them to connect with the world around then whether that is through speech, BSL, Makaton, Touch etc. we support people to live active, independent lives! People use our service for a variety of reasons which include, developing their communication and becoming independent when out of the home, this may include practicing shopping and paying for items.
Contact myself - [email protected] for more information and support with applications. Pay starts at £10.11 per hour + OLWA
Hello everyone, I’m new to BSL but have a grasp of finger spelling from when I was at school. I’m not deaf and none of my family or friends are but I find BSL a beautiful language and was inspired by watching two girls at a festival - friends, sisters, partners; who knows. They were dancing together but the hearing girl had her back to the stage and was signing the words of the songs to her friend, which I thought was a beautiful thing. Looking to learn the basics and hopefully more.
I’ve decided to do the BSL online course as I’m really interested in developing a new skill. Being a music teacher I naturally pick things up quickly and I’m enjoying the link between facial expressions and how that links in with singing.
Hi all, I just started learning BSL last week. Really enjoying it so far. I am a private music tutor and have had an interest in sign language from a young age. Probably since my aunt taught me the alphabet when I was very small! Glad to be doing something about it! I don’t know anyone who uses BSL but feel it’ll be a great skill to have.
My name is Charlotte and this is my second time of trying an online course. I am training to become a nurse and would really like to help communicate with everyone, especially as i have not the best track record with my hearing either.
does anyone have any tips on how to learn BSL so it will actually stick in my head?
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Sense provide holidaymakers with the opportunity to have fun, try new activities and make friends all whilst enjoying a week away from home. As a Sense Holiday volunteer, you'll be part of a team making sure each break is the very best experience it can be for everyone involved. You'll need to be enthusiastic, positive, open-minded and willing to be flexile. In return you'll have a one-of-a-kind experience. We welcome volunteers each year from a huge range of backgrounds. The unique contribution each volunteer makes, no matter your skills and experience, enables each and every holidaymaker to try new things and make new connections in a safe and supported environment.
We still have lots of holiday opportunities available specifically on the holidays detailed below. If you are interested in volunteering on one of our holidays please do email [email protected]
What’s going on
Who are we looking for
27th July – 3rd August
Frank Chapman, Worcestershire
Join 6 teenagers who use BSL as they enjoy an action-packed week of climbing, mountain biking, archery, high ropes courses, and orienteering.
A volunteer with at least BSL level 2 who’s up for an adventure
2nd – 9th August
Beamsley, North Yorkshire
Support 2 holidaymakers on a relaxing countryside retreat, enjoying nature and maybe taking in the surroundings on a steam train!
A female volunteer with at least BSL level 2
2nd – 9th August
Beamsley, North Yorkshire
Enjoy a countryside break with 4 young people who will be visiting sensory rooms and animal parks, and enjoying an ice cream on the beach
A volunteer willing to drive a minibus so we can get out and about
If you have any questions please do get in touch.