Welcome to Sign for Thoughts!

BSL Courses Interpreting Courses
Deafblind Courses Lipspeaking Course Deaf Awareness Courses

Welcome from the Director of Training

A very warm welcome to Sign for Thoughts!

I'm so pleased that you are thinking of joining us and giving us the chance to be part of your communication journey, whether that's for deaf, Deaf or Deafblind. No matter whether you want to learn with us as a hobby, to chat more easily with your friends, or as a stepping-stone for your future career as a Sign Language Communicator, Support Worker, Lipspeaker, Interpreter or Deafblind Communicator, we pride ourselves on having something for everyone.

I set up Sign for Thoughts in 2007 in response to a sudden and dramatic decline in the availability of BSL courses nationwide. I wanted to fill the gap and make sure that learning BSL was available to anyone who wanted to do so. Over the last 12 years, we have expanded the learning that is available so now we can take you through all levels of BSL as well as Interpreting, Lipspeaking and Deafblind qualifications. We are fully accredited with both awarding bodies - Signature AND iBSL.

I am excited to announce the introduction of our newest course which offers the Level 3 Award Deafblind Communication Award. This is being introduced after the Summer, in response to the roaring success of our Level 1 and Level 2 Deafblind courses.

Our expanse of courses mean we can take you from whatever level you are at and introduce you to a variety of new learnings and ideas.

The greatest pleasure and excitement I have is seeing students develop and make progress with their confidence and language skills. It is marvellous to keep in touch with what they go on to achieve when they leave us. Once a Sign for Thoughts friend - always a Sign for Thoughts friend!

November 13, 2019
Last night we visited Rushmoor Fire Station for a Deaf Awareness & BSL course, and what an evening we had! πŸ”₯ Massive thank you @c.s.s.e.f for this opportunity. We are SO looking forward to seeing you again in 2 weeks for more signing πŸ™Œ #deafawareness #bsl
November 8, 2019
Our NEW Level 3 in #DeafBlind Communication Course. Students practicing Deafblind Manual Conversation ahead of exam tomorrow! Good luck! πŸ€πŸ‘πŸ»
October 14, 2019
As some of you know we work closely with CSSEF who do really important work to brighten the lives of Deaf children. This could include funding parents to learn BSL. Their annual Black Tie Ball is coming up and they are looking for people to donate some awesome prizes. Could your company help? #charity #fundraising
October 1, 2019
Bella (the sft dog)takes an opportunity in between showers to enjoy the sun ( trying to) peek between the clouds #dogslife #bsl #britishsignlanguage #autumn
September 21, 2019
Today is the first day of our NEW @signaturedeaf BSL Level 6 course!! Happy signing πŸ€— #bsl
September 13, 2019
Thrilled to recieve these in the post. Thank you @signaturedeaf for 10 years of working together. Here’s to another 10! πŸ₯‚ Looking forward to welcoming all our lovely teachers back for another great year. #SignatureDeaf
September 6, 2019
WOW! Looks like we are going to be very busy this next year! πŸ˜±πŸ€“πŸ‘©β€πŸ« #signlanguage #backtoschool #achieveyourgoals
July 24, 2019
We had a great time at @eds_bsl Deaf Street party! We bumped into our friends @hotcoalstheatre who are bringing their show Knock Knock to the #edinburghfringe festival! If you are heading up this summer make sure you catch it as it’s accessible to deaf audiences! #accessibletheatre

"With Sign Language we can open up the world with wondeful communication, where Deaf, Deaf Blind and Hearing communities warmly welcome each other, and lifelong friendships can be made."

I believe very strongly that access to language should be available to EVERYONE in our community, whether you use BSL, English, Lipreading, Deafblind Manual. With access to the right communication we can open up the world with wonderful conversations, rich interactions and where Deaf, Deafblind, deafened and hearing communities warmly welcome each other. A world where the barriers to effective communication are removed, and lifelong friendships can be made.

The whole community has something to gain from sharing a common language; which is why we work very closely with partner organisations. These include local authorities, schools and charities. We have an ongoing close relationship with local charity, CSSEF (Chloe and Sophie's Special Ears Fund) who aim to brighten the lives of Deaf children through granting wishes and funding parents of Deaf children to learn Sign Language.

Now I don't do this by myself! I have the most talented team of Deaf and hearing professionals working alongside me, many of whom have been here since the beginning, bringing passion and nurturing care to your learning environment. They all bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to every aspect of Sign for Thoughts.

I do hope you choose us to be part of your learning, but whatever you do and wherever you go I wish you every success and happiness with your future. Keep those fingers moving!

Penny Gunn