|Author: Sign it!||Published: 28th April 2009 11:17|
Prior to Sign it! I was in the Royal Marines. I am also the Managing Director of Cam Panelworks (Poole) Ltd.
Hobbies/Interests: Gym, Taekwondo, Sport Diving, Fishing, Sports in general.Skills/Qualifications: BSL Level 3, currently on BSL Level 4 In addition to Sign Language qualifications, I am an Advanced Diving Instructor, a Boat Handling Instructor, I have an Advanced Stress Trauma Management qualification and a Black Belt in Taekwondo along with numerous other qualifications built up over a lifetime. Pieces of paper, in reality its what you do that counts!
Age: Over 21
Qualifications: BSL Levels 1 & 2. Deaf/Blind Awareness. Also, in 2009 I passed my BSL Level 3.
Hobbies/Interests: Walking, swimming, badminton, classic Mini enthusiast.
Work History: I worked for a short while as a Communication Support Worker at Bournemouth & Poole College of Further Education where I met Louise Charlton. I have worked for Sign it! since January 2006.
Job Description: I am a Communication Support Worker for visitors to the Outreach Centre. I also communicate for deaf people in their work placements and also accompany them when requested to any appointments that they may have.
I enjoy the fact that no two days are the same and everybody is friendly. I am the Agony Aunt of the office!!
I became interested in Sign Language because my mother- in-law and her husband are both profoundly deaf. I became frustrated at the lack of communication. There are only so many times you can talk about the weather!
So I took myself off and enrolled in an evening class and passed my British Sign Language Level 1. I then went onto complete my BSL Level 2.
To develop my signing skills even further, I worked at Bournemouth and Poole College for a couple of years as a Communication Support Worker.I have worked part time for Sign it! since it was founded in 2003 and assist in the day-to-day running of the Outreach Centre.
Work History: 10 Years at Nationwide Building Society
Level/Qualifications: Passed my BSL Level One Qualification in August 2009Job Description: I am the Office Administrator for Sign it! and ensure that everything runs smoothly, hopefully!!!!
I became interested in sign language as my partners sister is profoundly deaf. I wanted to use my sign language skills, so started by volunteering at Sign it! I now work full time here and haven't looked back!
In my spare time I head up the Poole Town Deaf Football Team, and have recently passed Football Coaching Course. It's great fun and good exercise!!
Emma Seymour-KeithI grew up around signing with my profoundly deaf sister. I have recently passed BSL Level 3 Certificate. I was introduced to Sign it! whilst they were assisting my sister with a house move. I thought the work they were doing to take the pressure from families was great! It allowed me to be a sister and a friend, rather than just her admin helper. I decided to become a volunteer to help others in the same situation. I work for Nationwide Building Society part time, and am now getting more involved with Sign it!
Name what? - Maggie Latham Live Where? - West Moors. Work where? - Poole HospitalWhy have I introduced myself in this way? It's how a deaf person would ask you these questions in Sign Language. So Volunteer why? Having moved into the area in 2005, I was looking for somewhere I could continue to improve my signing skills and I came into contact with Sign it! If you know Rob the rest is history. His enthusiasm should be notifiable as a contagious disease and a visit to the Outreach Centre quickly resulted in my becoming a volunteer. Do what? Whatever is requested - Each session at the Outreach Centre provides an interesting challenge and I can be doing anything from filing, looking for jobs/accommodation, writing letters, internet research, visits with the team members and so on. The team are great to work with (but don't let them know I said that!) Maybe I will see you there sometime.