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Yasmena Waris
British Sign Language Communication Support Assistant

Background Information

Predominately working in an educational settings and charity organisation with 20+ years  teaching and supporting deaf learners. Fluent in BSL and English; skilled at communicating, advocating and developing relationships with students their families/carers and staff. Proficient with use of British Sign Language. Excellent written and oral communication skills.

 

How did you come to choose to work alongside the Deaf/Deafblind?

I had left my full time teaching post and was enjoying lazy days when a colleague who worked with me suggested that I have a go at working for CommuniKate Limited.

 

Hobbies and Interests

I have a keen interest in art therapy, mindfulness and enjoy craft activities. I like to keep up to date with world events and current affairs. I also love cultural and religious music and visiting places of interest.

What relevant qualifications do you possess?

Diploma in education of deaf children

BSL level 6 and plenty of real life experiences of working with deaf children/adults.

Preferred method(s) of communication

Signed Supported English/ BSL.

Training

Signature accredited course Level 6 BSL 
Post graduate diploma in the Education of the Deaf

 

What’s your favourite colour?


Blue ( I love blue skies and blue seas )

Tell me an interesting story:

Workmen were doing some water work outside my parents home when my curious brother decided to take a peek down the hole. Being the risk taker he is, he jumped in whilst the water is flowing and I had thought he had disappeared forever in the yellow pipes. He was saved by the workmen- his 4 year old son is just as mischievous.

My favourite thing is:

Rainbows….colours….. I love the quote by Maya Angelou ‘’ Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud’ 

I don't like: 

Wiggly worms as they make me shudder!

What frightens you?

Driving through single track roads on a dark night! ​

Do you like Marmite?

I do enjoy marmite from time to time.. but not on a daily basis like some people.

Do you keep ketchup in the fridge or cupboard?

I used to keep it in the fridge but now it’s in the cupboard!

Services Yasmena Provides: 

I qualified as a teacher in 2000. Since then I have worked with deaf children in schools and local communities. I have worked with families in Tower Hamlets/Bucks and delivered the family sign language curriculum. I work as a Home Tutor and have always enjoyed meeting new people.

 I like to work around the individual needs of those I support and have worked with a number of clients mainly within the educational settings but also in work based environments.

I love my job as no two days are ever the same. I also like coming home knowing that I have done my best to support those who need it.