About Hands On
Hands On is a British Sign Language Training organisation based in Northumberland, England. Our courses are run by the only qualified British Sign Language tutor in Northumberland, Debbie Jervis.
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.
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.