Making Police work accessible

In partnership with Police Link Officers for Deaf people (PLOD), ALAS members attended an informative CPD day at Southampton Police station on Saturday 7th April 2108.

Members were given a comprehensive tour of the police station followed by a Q&A session with PLOD officers. This included the process for those being arrested, victims and witnesses. Lipspeaker Jay even managed to have his height checked in the custody suite.

In the afternoon members were given the opportunity to role-play the interview process with a PLOD officer, solicitor and deaf person. Feedback from the day was very positive and we look forward to working with PLOD again in 2019.

Photo of ALAS members sat in Police conference room





“Well presented programme with very useful handbook.”

“Small group and very interactive comments with police team.”


Police Workshop & AGM

We are looking forward to welcoming ALAS members to our second CPD workshop. In conjunction with the police link officers for deaf people (PLOD) Chair Lesley Weatherson is hosting this informative day with colleague and fellow BSL Interpreter Glen Barham MBE.

“Many lipspeakers and BSL interpreters do not feel confident or competent to work in the police setting. We hope that by having a tour of the busy station, an insight into policies and procedures as well as an in-depth Q &A session with PLOD, Language service professionals will feel able to accept bookings and provide communication support for deaf people”.

In addition to the information sharing, the station are facilitating a role play exercise for attendees to have a go at lipspeaking an interview.

“It’s often the fear of the unknown. By lipspeaking for a deaf detainee whilst being filmed, looking back on the clip and self evaluating, ones skills and conduct will be enhanced and improved”.

The day will conclude with the inaugural AGM for ALAS.

See you there.


We’ve turned one!

ALAS is celebrating a successful first year! After establishing in January 2017 the association has 18 members and over 800 followers on Twitter.

With growing demand for lipspeaking with additional sign and with more lipspeakers now being trained, there was a need for a register that identifies lipspeakers who can sign from those who can’t.

Until ALAS established, opportunities for continuous professional development (CPD) had been limited for lipspeakers and therefore additional training days are needed. ALAS now offers additional opportunities to gain valuable CPD points. Their first two-day legal training workshop was sold out in a week!

We have had fantastic feedback to say our website is easy to use and clearly demonstrates the differences between lipspeaking, lipspeaking with additional signed support and British Sign Language.

We are excited to see what exciting things are yet to come in 2018!

Competition time!

It’s Lipreading Awareness Week 2017!

It has happened to us all, that moment when we have misheard a word, missed what someone has said, or just completely lipread them wrong. We want to know when has lipreading gone wrong for you? What words have caused confusion?!

Communication professionals, perhaps someone has misheard you, or been mistaken when you have given instruction.

Tweet us your funny stories for a chance to win one free place at our Signs in Context workshop taking place Friday 15th September 2017.

Competition closes 14/09/17 at 18:00 and the winner will be notified on Twitter at 19:00.

Good luck!

DeafATW’s Survey (in BSL and English)

Hi everyone,

Please find below a link to DeafATW’s survey (in BSL and English) to get feedback from Deaf people with ATW who are or will be affected by the cap.

If you are capped, or will be capped in April 2018, please take the survey, and if you know people who are or will be capped, please send them the link.

The survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ATW_CAP

The survey mainly looks at what their budget is, why they need it to be that, what the impact of the cap is on their work, and what impact it has had on their thoughts about future work / career.

It builds on the work done with the ten Deaf people meeting with the DWP to discuss the cap in June. The results will be used to help DeafATW and the UKCoD Employment group, to campaign on the issue.

If you want to see more about the survey, the ATW cap, or about the meeting with DWP, in BSL and English, then goto: http://www.deafatw.com/updates

A reminder, the survey is for people who:
Have an ATW award AND
Are capped already, or will be capped in April 2018 AND
Live in England, Wales or Scotland (not Northern Ireland).
The survey is in BSL and English. People can answer in BSL, just need to contact me darrenth@gmail.com.

The survey closes Friday 22nd September.

Any questions,

please let me know.

Cheers Darren Townsend-Handscomb (RSLI, DeafATW)

The funeral of Diana Barimore

Diana Barimore’s funeral will be held at 12:00 midday on Friday 22nd September at Mortlake Crematorium, Richmond, TW9 4EN.

Due to number restrictions, if you wish to attend please contact Lynne Dubin at lynnedubin16@gmail.com. If communication support is required please contact lesley@lipspeaker.co.uk.

Please see below for a map and directions from Mortlake Station. There is adequate parking on site if you wish to travel by car.


In lieu of flowers for her funeral, Diana’s family have requested donations to be made in her memory to the National Association of Deafened People and MIND.


Tragic News

Dear Friends

With great sadness I am writing to tell you that Di died yesterday evening at 8pm after a great effort to stay connected in the face of huge odds for this past month.

We expect to hear more when her brother Stewart has had time to speak to the consultant and hospital staff.

The beautiful book of messages from you will give comfort to Di’s family.

Thank you for letting her know you were thinking of her and for providing such comfort to all those who loved and respected her.

with many thanks

Lynne and Lesley



Get Well Soon Di

Dear Members,

Our friend and colleague, Diana Barimore met with a dreadful accident last Sunday morning, 30th July, when taking her dog Bertie to her local park for his usual walk. Di was somehow in collision with a cyclist participating in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 2017 event. This crash has left Di with critical head injuries and in hospital, unconscious in the neuro ITU unit, where she remains. Her family have come down from Glasgow to be with her.

We all want to make sure Di knows we are thinking of her right now, wishing her a good recovery and sending her our love and support. However, we also know that is not possible for a while yet and so we are setting up ways for all who want to send something to write her a message and post it via ALS and ALAS. She will be surprised and delighted to read what we are writing to her today, once she is back with us and on the mend.

We will certainly send updates when we receive further news, but meantime do leave Di a message via the links below.


The page will require you to enter a password. This is for privacy of comments; this password is: GetWellDi

This password is one word and it is important that you use lower case and upper case letters.

Linzi Weatherson
ALAS Membership Secretary & Social Media Officer

NADP Conference 2017

Saturday 6th May saw NADP (National Association of Deafened People) and EFHOH (European Federation of Hard of Hearing) join forces to host the 2017 conference.

ALAS and ALS (Association of Lipspeakers) were both present to represent lipspeaking. Just like Deaf Day 2017, both organisations worked together to promote the communication preference.

Fiona Walker from ALAS, and Lynne Dubin from ALS were answering lots of questions and using their handy lipspeaking information cards made by Linzi Weatherson.

ALAS Information Cards



Deaf Day 2017

Saturday 22nd April saw City Lit host its annual Deaf Day! Our very own Fiona Walker was promoting lipspeaking with additional sign.

Jay weatherson was present to display lipspeaking, and even make a new ALAS recruit!

ALAS Launches!

More and more deaf people are requesting lipspeakers to use some sign language vocabulary to support the meaning of the speaker, when lipspeaking. There are only a handful of lipspeakers who are able to offer this service and they aren’t always easy to find. In a response to the growing demand, ALAS was established.

On Monday 13th March ALAS launched! Keep your eyes peeled for introductory offers and exclusives!



ALAS is almost ready to be launched

Lesley Weatherson, founder of ALAS, presented the new association to NRCPD board in London 01/03/17. The board had the opportunity to ask questions, clarify aims and objectives as well as listen to Lesley’s pitch!

Lesley was part of a talented group of lipspeakers and deaf service users who created the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for the Level 3 Certificate in Lipspeaking and would like to see a NOS created to set a standard for lipspeaking with sign.

“Deaf people are relying on a service that on paper, doesn’t exist”

Lesley would like to see a qualification created to set a standard; a qualification based on signs borrowed from BSL, vocabulary competence.