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Interpreters

People in the asylum process in the UK are excluded from being able to work and in many ways they are also excluded from contributing to the local community. We encourage our members to use their existing language skills to help other people who are also going through the asylum process.

Bristol Refugee Rights provide training to enable members to become Community Interpreters as part of the VOICE project. VOICE, which also trains people to speak in public about their lives and their experience of the UK asylum process, is funded by the Big Lottery until March 2019. The Community Interpreters provide an invaluable service to the Bristol Refugee Rights Welcome CentreAdvocacy and Information Desk and Asylum Support Project.

Our interpreter training course that finished in June 2017 included 17 participants speaking Arabic, Farsi, Somali, Mandarin, Albanian, Kurdish Sorani and Tigrinya.

We train our members in basic interpretation so that they can support our staff, volunteers and other members. However, we can not provide interpreters for other organisations. If you require an interpreter please refer to the Bristol City Council translation and interpreting service.