Asylum seekers are excluded from being able to work and contribute in many ways. We assist them to use their existing language skills to help others. In doing so they gain experience and understanding of British society and work.
Interpreters are trained as part of the VOICE project. It is funded by the Big Lottery from April 2015 until March 2019. The project aims to encourage and train members to become interpreters within the Welcome Centre.
Our latest interpreting course finished in June and included 17 participants speaking Arabic, Farsi, Somali, Mandarin, Albanian, Kurdish Sorani and Tigrinya. The Community Interpreters will not only be an asset to the Bristol Refugee Rights Welcome Centre but also to the wider Bristol Community.