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Arabic speaking interpreters needed

Translation volunteers needed for British Red Cross – Thames Valley Area in RG1

We are seeking arabic speaking volunteers to act as interpreters as part of our refugee support service.

The Red Cross has a long tradition of providing practical and emotional support to vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers in the UK. Our Refugee Support work with thousands of beneficiaries every year in around fifty different towns and cities enabling people to draw upon their own strengths to withstand crisis and rebuild their lives.

We support refugees and asylum-seekers in a range of ways, from providing emergency provisions for those facing severe hardship to giving advice on how people can access services to which they are entitled. These services are provided in a safe and welcoming environment. None of this important work would be possible without the skill and enthusiasm of volunteers helping in a variety of ways.

More details of our work with refugees can be found on the Red Cross website: www.redcross.org.uk/refugees

Typical tasks include:

  • Facilitating communication between caseworker and service user by providing interpretation and/or translation services, either by telephone or in person.
  • Interpreting/translating according to the British Red Cross Interpreting Guidelines.
  • Assisting clients in completing forms in their own language if required.
  • Identify and respond appropriately to safeguarding and protection issues with vulnerable clients, including children and vulnerable adults.

What we are looking for

You need to have good interpersonal, diplomacy, communication and teamwork skills although full training will be given for any technical requirements. Also someone who is:

  • Interested in interpreting and/or translation and able to verbally communicate fluently and/or write in the language required (as well as in English).
  • Willing to use their proven listening skills to support others.
  • Interested in and has an understanding of issues around working with refugees and asylum seekers.
  • Personally resilient as you may need to deal with difficult or challenging situations.
  • Able to use emotional support skills in a calm and responsible manner.
  • Able to keep the service user at the heart of what you do, supporting the Red Cross to understand service user needs and the difference our role makes.
  • Available to work at short notice if necessary.
  • This role requires a criminal record check to the appropriate level.
  • Willing to uphold the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, adhere to the Society’s Equal Opportunities and Confidentiality Policy.
Contact person firstname
Jacqui Halpin,
Lastname
Their phone number?
01235 552 669
Location address line 1
John Nike House
Line 2
90 Eastern Avenue
Town
Reading
County
Berkshire
Postcode
RG1 5SF

Map
Location description
Across Reading
Wheelchair accessible?
Not specified
Car parking for the volunteer?
Not specified
Secure bicycle parking?
Not specified
Near public transport?
Not specified
How much time?
A few hours a week
What times and days of the week?
Mon AMMon PMMon EVETue AMTue PMTue EVEWed AMWed PMWed EVEThu AMThu PMThu EVEFri AMFri PMFri EVESat AMSat PMSat EVESun AMSun PMSun EVE
Availability required
Any of these times
Task type?
Translation
Will suit someone like this:
Enjoys variety and changePatientSupportiveCommunicatorEmotionally robust
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
Not specified
Is training given?
Yes
Training description
Approximate training hours 31.
Is support given?
Yes
Description of support
Full support given from service coordinator and/or lead volunteers
Are expenses paid?
Yes
Description of expenses
Reasonable travel expenses reimbursed
Will I need my own transportation?
No
Will the volunteer be CRB or DBS checked?
Yes
Are references required?
Yes
Will there be an interview?
Yes
Are they properly insured?
Yes
Minimum age
18
Do they need a specific gender?
No
How many volunteers needed?
9
Opportunity added on
19 July 2017