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From hobby to career; a handy guide to starting work with Deaf people

Are you a passionate learner of British Sign Language (BSL), eager to explore into the vibrant world of the Deaf community but not sure where to begin?

Imagine this: you've been captivated by the beauty of British Sign Language, inspired by the stories and experiences of the Deaf community, and now you're ready to take the next step. That's where we come in! At Deaf Umbrella, we're here to guide you through your journey of becoming a Communication Support Worker (CSW) with confidence and purpose.

Founded with a vision of empowering Communication Support Workers and bridging the gap between learners and the Deaf community, we understand the challenges and aspirations you may face along the way.

Here's how we can help you kickstart your career:

Expert guidance: Our team, led by Rachel Hubbard, is dedicated to providing you with the support and resources you need to thrive in your journey.

Comprehensive training: Explore our "How to be a CSW" training programme, set to launch in Spring 2024. This program is meticulously crafted to provide you with the essential skills and knowledge needed for success. CPD points accredited. Subscribe to stay tuned!

Community connection: Join our network of passionate learners and professionals, where you can engage with like-minded individuals and exchange valuable insights.

Access to resources: From practical tips to industry insights, our platform offers a wealth of resources to support your growth and development.

Personalised support: Whether you are a seasoned learner or just beginning your BSL journey, we are here to tailor our support to your unique needs and aspirations.

Ready to take the plunge? Reach out to us today and embark on a journey of learning, growth, and meaningful connection within the Deaf community. Together, let's turn your passion for sign language into a rewarding career with Deaf Umbrella!

For more information and to join our community, visit our website Your journey starts now!


Here are our top 10 links to get you started:

1. Safe Guarding; get a DBS Certificate: Disclosure & Barring Service:

2. Get your professions Code of Conduct internalised:

3. Confidentiality and Ethical Principles understood:

b. Deaf History:

5. Join support groups: Subscribe

f. Limping Chicken:

6. Get on an Apprenticeship:

7. Seek out a supportive employer:

a. Your local College

b. Your local University

c. Your local Charity

d. Your local Interpreter agency or employment business

b. HMRC – What records to keep:

c. HMRC – Expenses if you are self-employed:

9. Deaf Awareness – You will encounter staff and students who may have no idea of the needs of a deaf student, are you ready?

10. Self-Awareness – Who are you?


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