Christine DeBlase is the leader of the group and teaches the translation of the songs from English to British Sign Language in a fun and engaging way.
She has completed her Level 6 NVQ in British Sign Language and Part 1 of the Level 6 NVQ in Sign Language Interpreting. Although Christine is the leader, both Handy Voices and Youth Handy Voices members have a equal voice on the direction of the group and the songs that they sign/perform.
Youth Handy Voices is open to all youths aged 12- 25 years old. We strive to make this a safe, open space for all. We welcome anyone who may be D/deaf, hearing, disabled, not disabled, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. For members that need extra support, their carers or guardians are also welcome.
Handy Voices is open to all adults who want to use their voice and express/experience music in a different way, through the beauty of British Sign Language.
No BSL experience is necessary for either group.
An interest in learning something different and have fun is essential!
Members feel that we are not just a group that meets weekly– we are family and support each other through life’s journey. Hope to see you there.