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Services

Hands On is a friendly tailor-made service offering basic British Sign Language (BSL) and Deaf Awareness courses throughout the Northumberland area. Offering a professional and informal service our courses are delivered in BSL by an experienced qualified Deaf tutor, Debbie Jervis.

Hands On offer a range of courses tailored to meet your needs which can be delivered at corporate/community level. Whether this is to train your frontline staff on the basics of communication with the D/deaf community or if simply wanting to enhance your skills in communicating with a family member or friend we have a course to suit you.

BSL is the preferred method of communication of approximately 70,000 Deaf people in the UK. Deaf people are often left feeling frustrated in community, medical settings or within the workplace due to lack of basic awareness regarding their language/cultural needs.

Hands On BSL Taster sessions are a useful introduction to BSL and ideal for those wanting to find out a bit more about BSL covering key language features. These will include useful everyday topics such as fingerspelling, numbers, colours, emotions and greetings. Courses are ideal for those who are interested in learning sign without committing to a full Level 1 course. However, those wanting to pursue BSL further on completion of this course can progress to Level’s 1 and 2.

The Hands On Deaf Awareness course is a more comprehensive study of current issues affecting the wider D/deaf communities covering national statistics, diversity, understanding cultural norms and strategies for effective communication in everyday situations. This course also covers current legalities and accessibility criteria with regards to making provisions for D/deaf people.

  • Taster British Sign Language Courses using powerpoint and projector
  • Associate Lecturer in BSL Durham and Northumbria Universities
  • Level 1 British Sign Language
  • Level 2 British Sign Language
  • Individual One to One BSL Tuition
  • Pre Level 1 & 2 British Sign Language support
  • Tailor made courses/workshops
  • Deaf Awareness
  • Specialist support work (i.e. people with learning difficulties)
  • British Sign Language Assessments
  • Brownies/Girl Guides Communications Badge tuition
  • Cubs/Scouts Communications Badge tuition
  • Family Sign Language Curriculum

All of the courses ran by Hands On can be offered on a full/half day basis.

All courses offer the assistance of a fully qualified BSL/English Interpreter to aid communication.