Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
Julia French

Hi from Julia in Bedfordshire

Recommended Posts

Hi,

I’m Julia and I live just on the outskirts of N. Bedfordshire.<br /><br />I’m a volunteer trainer for St. John Ambulance and I help to run a Cadet group (aged between 10-17), and we do all sorts of activities etc., not only First Aid. Currently we are doing a “Communication with the Deaf and/or Blind” course with them, and we had someone who was profoundly deaf come in, with an interpreter, and taught us a little bit about BSL, and it has re-sparked my interest in learning it again.<br /><br />I learnt a little about BSL when I was a Cadet myself about the age of 12 (hitting my 30’s this year…eek!), and also learnt some Makaton (although I know that it’s not used as much as BSL now), but watching the person who came in, really has made my interest in learning BSL come right back up again, and not only to be able to use it within my St. John Ambulance role, but also in my everyday work role as well.

For my everyday paid role, I am a Passenger Assistant and help take children and adults with special needs to and from school, home, day centres etc. in a car. Most of the clients I deal with have special needs and I have come across a couple of them who use BSL as a normal everyday thing…which when you don’t know much about it, can make the journey a little awkward. So learning BSL is definitely going to help my own communication skills as well.

I already know the BSL alphabet, and I am getting the hang of fingerspelling quickly, so that is definitely a help. But I am also interested in learning about signing normally as well. I am hoping to be able to start the online course (via here) hopefully this week, but I thought it would be a good start for me to sign up to the forum as well, so I can pick up other tips etc.<br /><br />Thank you for reading about me<br /><br />Julia x

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

HI Julia, Welcome! It sounds like you have done some interesting stuff so far with signing. I think that no matter what job you do learning BSL would be helpful, even if it was just helping one person.

I’ve just started level 2. Quite a jump from level 1 but enjoying it. I have to describe people and faces etc. it is quite hard to do!

Enjoy learning! ? Bec x

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi Julia 

l live in Bedfordshire too, Houghton Regis, where are you? I am just coming to the end of level 2 and planning to complete level 3 by Easter. 

Pam

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

  • Latest Posts

    • Hi everyone. This is Delia. question ? Does anybody use the video chat room?  if so please link me as i would love to practice BSL using this.Thank you.
    • Hiya, my name's Phoebe and I've only just joined! I work in healthcare and have been hard of hearing since birth, being profoundly deaf in my left ear. I see a lot of patients and staff (including myself) struggle with communication barriers in healthcare, especially lately with masks making this even harder. It's taken me a long time to realise that despite not being completely deaf I can still be a part of the deaf community, and so I've been educating myself and trying to learn BSL for the la
    • HI Flic.  Its great to read this. I wish you all the best with your BSL adventure.  I am  so confused as to why when i am in hospital , The Royal National Nose Ears and Throat Hospital, for procedures on my ear, that  it is impossible to communicate with the doctor or any of the nurses because i am deaf with out my hearing aids,  and not one of them can use BSL  and i have been going there for many years!  Its great to see the younger generation taking part in correcting this.  Thank you.  Take
    • Hi Nataliebee.  Its great to read this as i am very hard of hearing myself and always have a lot of trouble at the dentist.  I have been going to my appointments there for years, and always tell her,  but unfortunately she just keeps talking to me from behind with a mask on! we get by somehow but it would be so much easier if her or the dental nurse, who is usually in front of me, could sign.  With people like yourself around we have hope for the future.  Yes i totally agree that BSL should be t
    • Hey guys I'm Flic and I am 18 years old. I am hoping to study medicine at university soon and think it is so important to integrate more BSL into healthcare to insure it is entirely accesible to everyone and inclusive! I have only been learning for a couple weeks so am new to it all! but loving every moment so far. I would love to find someone to practice with who has alot of patience! 
    • My grandaughter had delayed speech as a toddler and is currently under investigation for Autism/ADHD and has a severe stutter so I am hoping that if I can sign (and teach her to sign as well) it will help her to communicate better and aid her speech as well as give us both an extra skill.
    • Hi all  I'm Kate (aka Roz) from Kent and a grandmother of a child who had delayed speech and possible Autism or ADHD.
    • Hi everyone My name is Ruth and I am a special needs teaching assistant and I have wanted to learn sign language for a while. Lockdown has given me the ideal opportunity to practice and learn a new a skill. I love people and connecting with them and i would love to be able to communicate with the deaf community. It is such an expressive and beautiful language to learn I hope I get to put it into practice one day. This also adds to my skill set and cv for the future. I look forward to learning an
  • Fingerspelling Scoreboard

    (top 10 - past 24hrs)

  • Fingerspelling Animation Maker

×
×
  • Create New...