Who we are

,Our History & Vision

Deaf First has been a part of the Deaf Community since 1995, maintaining strong links with Oak Lodge School and providing support to colleges for their deaf and hard of hearing students.  During this time we have refined the support we offer to Deaf people. We offer a range of services to support and facilitate British Sign Language within London as a result.

We believe that learning is a lifelong process. Because of this, we have developed a reputation for enabling Deaf students of all ages and abilities to access education. We have built up excellent relationships with our partner colleges and work closely with them to assist students.  We help our students to choose the right course for them, enrol on that course and achieve throughout the term. Many of our students go on to university, with others gaining employment. Likewise, 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 believe in offering quality support to our students above all.


Our Services

We offer support to Deaf individuals within a variety of industry settings. These include education, health, public services, leisure and more. We provide Communication Support Workers, Note Takers and Lip-Speakers to Deaf and hard of hearing students. Our Communication Support Workers are qualified in British Sign Language and all of our staff are trained in deaf awareness – allowing us to give the students the right support throughout their educational journey. Our team has a wealth of knowledge to support Deaf and hard of hearing students. We stand ready to support our learners.

Deaf First has a team of qualified and experienced Teachers of the Deaf who assess students and recommend appropriate support in college, thereby ensuring they have what they need to achieve. They also 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 towards learning BSL or wish to expand your career prospects, Deaf First runs BSL courses from Level 1 to Level 6. Our experienced team are also 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. These courses cover a wide range of subjects. We support deaf individuals to improve their skills in English, Maths and much more. Choose Deaf First for your BSL and Deaf support needs; you will not be disappointed.