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Meet Dianne

I have been studying BSL myself for 7 years. It was always something I wanted to learn, but never quite got around to. But one day everything changed for me. (I didn’t know then what a huge impact learning BSL would have on me). I was working in a local mobility shop when a Deaf couple came in to order something. They had written down on a piece of paper what it was that they wanted. They probably do this all the time, knowing that, as British Sign Language users, they would not be able to have a full conversation and be able to explain what it was they needed. This had a profound impact on me and I vowed to learn BSL so that I could be able to communicate with deaf people in their own language. I have never regretted it and never looked back.

I have completed my Level 6 in BSL and am currently training to be an interpreter.

I have completed my TQUK Level 3 Award in Teaching and Education.

I hold a current DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) certificate and public liability and indemnity insurance. I am a qualified Emergency First aider.

Now I am also teaching accredited courses for BSL Courses (www.bslcourses.co.uk) which is an online learning service with 1:1 Skype/Facetime tutorials with qualified teachers. If you are not able to get to regular centre based classes, but are keen to learn, this could be perfect for you.

So, my chance encounter has led me to the place I am at now. I have been fortunate to volunteer at Deaf club and with Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, and I have been supported and championed along the way by people from my local Deaf community.

British Sign Language is beautiful, and being able to communicate with Deaf people is an honour. I am very passionate about other people learning to sign, so that communication barriers can be broken down, friendships can be fostered and that in the future it will be commonplace to be bilingual in English and BSL in our own communities.

When I am not providing communication support, preparing lesson plans, teaching or accompanying the children to their various performances, I enjoy running along the cliffs and around our beautiful countryside, reading or kayaking with my family.

I look forward to meeting you.

Meet Sarah

I am very pleased to introduce Sarah Clapcott, who now teaches the Hammond beginners and Adult beginners groups for BSL Go!

Hello, my name is Sarah and I have been learning BSL for three years now. It very quickly became a passion for me.

Since starting signing, I have become a volunteer at Stubbington Deaf Club and been active in supporting Dianne at events, even stepping in for her on occasions. Being actively involved at Deaf club has meant that I have met lots of lovely people and am constantly learning more about the Deaf world.

It is my aim, in the future, to train to become a BSL interpreter so that I can play a part in reducing communication barriers. I am currently studying for my IBSL level 3 qualification.

When I am not signing, I can be found working as a manager of a local tea room or singing with my band at local pubs and other venues.

I very much look forward to meeting new students and bringing the joy of BSL to them.

Meet Sarah Ford

Hi! My name is Sarah and I am Dianne’s new Communication Support Assistant. This means that I am able to provide extra support for learners during classes, especially those who have significant hearing loss. I also support students with physical disabilities in class, taking notes etc.

I have been learning BSL for eighteen months and have thoroughly enjoyed every minute. I also volunteer at the local deaf club which has allowed me to practice my signing as well as getting an insight into the deaf community and the lovely people within it.

Prior to learning BSL I was a nurse for 25 years, but unfortunately, I had to retire due to prolonged ill health. It has been amazing to have BSL to focus on and feel that I am able to work with people again.

As well as my passion for signing, I am also a mum to 4 daughters, I love to sew as well as trying my hand at all things crafty! I hope that by being part of Dianne’s team I am able to help make a difference by making learning BSL more accessible to everyone.