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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.

This year, for the first time ever, we are running FOUR Level 1 BSL classes! It's amazing to see so many people beginning their Sign language journey. With thanks to CSSEF, we have welcomed in lots of new parents to learn BSL, and another first time.... TEACHERS! Across Hampshire and Surrey, teachers are being funded to learn BSL to help raise awareness and make schools more inclusive.

We have also delivered deaf awareness and basic BSL courses to Rushmoor Fire Station, and Surrey & Hampshire Community First Responders. I'm looking forward to delivering more community courses throughout the year, with another one coming very soon...

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!

January 14, 2020
Still hunting for a #NewYearsResolution ? We have a few spaces left on our @signaturedeaf #BritishSignLanguage Level 1 Course starting on Thursday. Some spaces still left on our @_ibsl_ Level 1 #Deafblind Awareness course. Please share to those who may be interested!
January 7, 2020
Yesterday evening we met with @communityresponders to provide deaf awareness training and some BSL too. Looking forward to seeing you all next month for some more signing! 👏 #bsl #firstresponder #nhs #deafawareness
January 6, 2020
Guess who! Fingerspelling receptive practice in our Level 6 class became fashionable! #bsl #learning #makeitfun
December 18, 2019
Merry Christmas from the Sign for Thoughts team 🎄🎅🥂
November 29, 2019
Amazing news from @c.s.s.e.f
November 25, 2019
Today we had our second deaf awareness session with Rushmoor Fire Station, focussing on lots of signing and fingerspelling. Wishing you all the best for your school visit tomorrow! It will be inclusive for deaf school children.🔥🤟 Thanks to @c.s.s.e.f for funding this opportunity in the community. #deafawareness #bsl
November 13, 2019
Last night we visited Rushmoor Fire Station for a Deaf Awareness & BSL course, and what an evening we had! 🔥 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 🙌 #deafawareness #bsl
November 8, 2019
Our NEW Level 3 in #DeafBlind Communication Course. Students practicing Deafblind Manual Conversation ahead of exam tomorrow! Good luck! 🍀👏🏻
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

"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