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A survey by the NDCS has revealed that more people are interested in learning British Sign Language than any other foreign language.

British Sign language is a language in its own right and uses handshapes, facial expressions, gestures and body language to convey meaning. It is the first language of some Deaf people and is used in addition to spoken English by others.

We have 3 levels of British Sign Language (BSL) courses available.

Taster Course (February Course FULL) new class 18th April 2016 (now FULL) New date to be arranged

A 10-week evening class on Monday evenings, 6.30-7.30pm at Sensing Change, Ipswich. This fun and interactive class is perfect for someone interested in learning a new skills but who doesn’t commitment.  £65 per person.  

BSL level 1 – a professionally recognised course suitable for beginners or those that have completed the taster course and want to learn more. The course is for 32 weeks (term-time), 6.30-8.30pm in Ipswich on Thursday evenings starting from 22nd September 2016. £275 per person which includes fees; there is an instalment plan if required.

BSL level 2 – suitable for those that have completed BSL level 1 and who want to take their signing to a higher level. We are taking bookings now for the new class starting on 13th April 2016, 6.30-8.30pm on Wednesday evening’s term-time. £650 which includes assessments fees, we are now offering a monthly direct debit option of £50 per month.

Our tutors are very experienced and will help you and support you through the sessions for you to achieve your qualification.


Please note that places are allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis once the completed booking form is completed. If you would like to join in the fun contact info@sensingchange.org.uk for a booking form or ask for Alex 01473 260030

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Sensing Change is now able to take referrals direct from you. If you have a significant sight, hearing or dual sensory loss and need support and advice please contact us by calling 01473 260030 or contact sensingchangeinfo@suffolk.gcsx.gov.uk  You can download our direct referral form here Direct Referral Form  You can read more about the different services that we provide by clicking on the links at the top of this page.

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"This is a really good, interactive and informative training session, thank you" Lizzie from Suffolk Family Carer's.  For organisations to deliver best practice and an improved standard of support and care Sensing Change can provide Sensory Awareness Training.  All training will be tailored to your needs and is delivered by qualified professionals that are actively working with people that have a sight and or hearing loss.   

At the end of the training session you and your staff will have a better understanding about the impact that sensory loss can have and will have learnt new skills and practical techniques that will improve communication and mobility. 

"I feel everyone should go on this training it is very important information for every individual" Team Leader, Outlook Care

If you would like to find out more please contact Alex Catling on 01473 260030 or email: alex.catling@sensingchange.org.uk  


Have you thought about volunteering?

Do you have a couple of hours a week to help a person who is blind or partially sighted? Debbie Playford is always happy to meet people that are interested in becoming a volunteer for My Guide. 

Vincent has Diabetic Retinopathy and over time his vision has deteriorated considerably. He was left struggling to manage at home and had become totally isolated due to a recent move to a new area. As a result Vincent did not go out unless his partner was around to accompany him, but this soon became difficult as his partner works shifts. With the help of a My Guide Sensing Change, Vincent’s world has now opened up. He is now involved in new opportunities such as fishing and joining the local library.  To find out more contact Debbie Playford on 01473 260030 or email Debbie.playford@sensingchange.org.uk


Customer Charter - The Sensing Change values are reflected in our new Customer Charter.  Our Customer Charter can be provided in assessible format of your choice on request.

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We are able to translate written English into British Sign Language.  Some people who are born Deaf, use British Sign Language.  Others wear hearing aids/cochlear implant, use speech and are able to lip read. For many Deaf, English is their 2nd language. This means that some people will have a different understanding of written English.

For some Deaf people, information can only be accessed through British Sign Language.

Our Translation Service is able to translate through your written information into British Sign Language. This could include long documents i.e. HR, legal, medical and social services. It is also useful to translate the following:-


  • Hospital consent forms,
  • Benefit questionnaires
  • Mortgage documents                                            
  • Driving theory test
  • Exams                                                              
  • Citizens Advice Bureau information
  • Local authority housing information                 


How does this service work?

Anyone can request this service and there will be a charge depending on who provides the information.  The translator will then meet with the customer and work through the information, translating into British Sign Language.  For more information contact Alex.catling@sensingchange.org.uk 




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