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British Sign Language – Taster Course

Whether you are looking to develop your skills, learn something different and fun or perhaps looking for a new and exciting career; learning British Sign Language could be for you.

BSL Taster  - New Class

Starting Monday 12th September

10 weeks, 6.30-7.30pm, £65 per person

At Sensing Change, Sidegate Lane, Ipswich.



New Course Launched - Pre Level BSL 3 Course

Have you thought about completing BSL level 3, but unsure of the commitment and level of signing skills needed? Sensing Change is starting a new pre-BSL level 3 course on Tuesday 20th September. Sessions are held on Tuesday mornings, 9.30-12.30 at the Sensing Change office in Sidegate Lane, Ipswich. Parking and refreshments available. This course runs for 3 hours each week for 4 sessions. Eileen is a very experienced tutor in BSL who will help and support you through the sessions that include:

Grammar syntax

Receptive and communication skills

Vocabulary and conversation skills

Signworld Resources

At the end of the course, Eileen will complete a 121 assessment with you and give you written feedback. You are strongly advised to complete this pre-course before going on to do BSL level 3. £180 (inc Vat)

Book early to avoid disappointment - contact Alex.catling@sensingchange.org.uk or ring  01473 260030



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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Direct Referrals

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.

You can download our information leaflet by clicking on this link Our Services

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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.

 Customer Charter



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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