Who we are

Deaf First has been a part of the Deaf Community since 1995. Maintaining strong links with Oak Lodge School providing support to colleges for their deaf and hard of hearing students. During this time we have amassed years of experience and knowledge to be able to offer a range of services to support and facilitate British Sign Language within the London area.

At Deaf First we believe that learning is a lifelong process and we have an excellent reputation for enabling Deaf students of all ages and abilities to access education. We have built up excellent relationships with our partner colleges and we work closely with them to assist students with choosing the right course for them, enrolment and throughout the term of their course. Many of our students go on to university and others gain employment. Many return to us at various stages in their lives: some wish to improve Employability by gaining additional skills and qualifications, whilst others take community courses.

We offer support to Deaf individuals within a variety of industry settings including education, health, schools and nurseries. We provide Communication Support Workers, Note Takers or Lip-Speakers for Deaf and hard of hearing students. Our Communication Support Workers are qualified in British Sign Language and our staff are trained in deaf awareness, to be able to give the students the right support throughout their educational journey. Our team has a wealth of knowledge to support British Sign Language.

Deaf First has a team of qualified and experienced Teachers of the Deaf who assess students, recommend appropriate support in college, provide tutorials and liaise with Learning Support and college tutors on behalf of students.

We offer a range of courses for organisations and individuals who are interested in expanding their knowledge of the deaf world. Whether you are simply interested in taking the first steps of learning BSL or wish to advance your career Deaf First runs BSL courses from Level 1 to Level 6. Our experienced team are able to deliver Deaf Awareness courses on site for your organisation.

We offer a range of courses for deaf people by tutors who use British Sign Language to teach a variety of subjects. We support deaf individuals to improve their skills in English, Maths and many more.
When you choose Deaf First, for your BSL needs you can be assured of our attention to detail and you are guaranteed of our support across all of the services we provide.