Lindsay Foster: Welcome Back to our Centres!

Hello to all of our centres, learners and supporters.  

We hope you have all had a wonderful summer, and to those of us who have had some time away from learning over the past months we hope you have had a great holiday, and are returning refreshed and excited. 

I would like to take the time to welcome you all back to our centres across the UK, and to assure you that Signature is still here for you just as you left it. Our office is open as usual, and is still full of the same friendly staff ready to help you with anything you need us to. This coming academic year, the same as we always have, we will continue to support you, our centres and students, as much as we possibly can. 

At Signature, we have been busy as usual over the past few months. We continue to develop and grow as an organisation, as well as refining our qualifications and support materials, such as our new BSLHomework course for BSL Level 4, and our revamped course to aid with the new BSL Level 3 qualification. We’ll be relaunching these later this year. 

We have also been preparing for our Signature Hall of Fame event, which is now only a couple of months away! We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on the 18th of November for what should be a fantastic celebration of the past 40 years. 

However, we want to use our 40th anniversary as an opportunity to celebrate not just ourselves, but the community as a whole. We will be celebrating people who have made a difference in that time, recognising the efforts of those who have gone above and beyond to improve deaf communication since Signature became an independent organisation, then called CACDP, in 1982. 

The Hall of Fame is a chance for us to give thanks to all of those who have helped us get to the point we are at as an organisation, and who continue to support us in our mission of improving the nation’s deaf communication. These are thanks which we wish to extend now, to everyone reading this: thank you for your continued support. We are excited for the coming academic year and the many positive developments which are on the horizon for both us and for the wider Deaf and hard of hearing communities. 

We look forward to seeing many of you at the event, and we hope that your return to centres is as positive as possible. We also hope that the coming academic year will be a year of further growth, development, and celebration, for both Signature as an organisation and for you: our students, centres, and supporters. 

Thank you, and good luck for the coming academic year! We hope that you are looking forward to it as much as we are. 

Lindsay Foster, 

Executive Director of Signature 

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