Do you speak a language other than English? Is English your second language? Would you like to help other people who may need an interpreter and could use your language skills? The Navigation programme in Ellesmere Port would like volunteers with language skills to help them in their work.
The programme aims to help recent arrivals who may have no or few language skills speaking English and you can help them by interpreting for them. They are usually recent arrivals, some of them may be isolated or need our help to sort out problems or to find advice on all sorts of matters, such as Citizenship, local services, employment or benefit rights etc. Language can be a huge barrier to obtaining help, but with someone to interpret we give them the help they need. Interpreters don't need any knowledge of local services or benefits, we have experts who can help with these, but language skills and clear communications are crucial to being able to help people and sort out their problems.
If you would like to put your language skills to good use, if you speak an Eastern European language or any other language you can help us to provide a bank of volunteers ready to intervene when someone needs an interpreter. Skills in Eastern European languages are most useful, but any language skills we can use will contribute to a bank of volunteers we can call on if we need them because everyone is welcome. Language or teaching skills will be useful in this role. Volunteers are also invited to join the informal "conversational Class" held each week to help people with their language skills. All the activities are face to face and take place in Ellesmere Port Cheshire.