Here’s a handful of images of us working at SGinterpreting

 

This year is off to a great start – we have a number of interesting projects lined up and will keep you posted. Signing and Interpreting in the UK.

Photography by Sandra Dalton

Welcome to 2015 everyone!

The past 12 months have flown by and we have seen cuts in Access to Work (AtW), a new framework, the set up of a union specifically for Sign Language Interpreters (NUBSLI) and the ASLI conference to name but a few.
The ASLI conference was hosted at The Lowry in Salford and was well attended with speakers from all over the globe.  Huge thanks go to the organising committee and all the people who worked behind the team.  Newcastle have now been passed the baton so here’s to the next conference in 2016.
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I’ve decided this year to try and get back into interpreting in sports, which is an area I love working in. I have been lucky enough to have met Lorri Wilson the founder of Sign4Sport.  She has worked for many years communicating for the Manchester Utd Deaf team and now her company facilitates communication between young deaf people and their coaches.  I think the vision behind her company is amazing and it was a great privilege to watch her work last week when I attended the training grounds for Man Utd, (I did keep it to myself whilst there that actually I’m a blue (Man City)).  If anyone out there would like to know any football signs, Lorri and Cath Smith from Deafbooks have created a pack of flashcards and they are on sale on Sign4Sport’s website, www.sign4sport.co.uk.  Have a look and see what you think!
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It’s been a long time since I’ve been excited by something…

It’s been a long time since I’ve been excited by something but I attended today a regional meeting of ASLI (Association of Sign Language Interpreters).  The North West region have been given the ‘honour’ (?!) of hosting the conference in 2014, a hard act to follow after our colleagues in Bristol did so well previously.

However, being a hardy lot up in t’north, we have risen to the challenge just like a harrier jumpjet (I can’t give the game away but there is a real reason for mentioning jump jets) and we have an excellent panel of people, all whom are volunteers to make this an event to remember.  Planning is in the initial stages but I am sure it is going to be a conference to remember!

Please keep your eye on the ASLI website for more information!

NHS Trafford – A New Health Deal – With British Sign Language…

Working hard on this project

Credit to Captive North Ltd  - www.captivenorth.co.uk

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Had a lovely day yesterday…

Had a lovely day yesterday co-presenting at the University of Chester to a group of Foundation Art Therapists.  I was presenting alongside a qualified Psychotherapist and explaining about how to work with deaf clients going through therapy.  The group were amazing and the time went so quickly.  Hopefully we will be asked back again!

Working on a green screen…

Working on a green screen shoot with Captive North for the NHS

Special thanks to http://www.captivenorth.co.uk/

The true value of interpreters

http://deafcapital.blog.com/2012/07/02/the-true-value-of-interpreters/

Unqualified ‘signer’ used as Court interpreter

http://interpreteranon.wordpress.com/2012/05/09/unqualified-signer-used-as-court-interpreter/

Give Deaf patients access to appropriately qualified sign language interpreters

Deaf people are routinely being put in danger by healthcare providers due to a lack of regard for standards in communication. We the undersigned are calling on those commissioning healthcare services to ensure that robust procedures are in place for providing appropriately qualified sign language interpreters for Deaf patients.

New research shows that 41% of surveyed people who use British Sign Language (BSL) as their first language have left a health appointment feeling confused about their medical condition, because the interpretation was not of an adequate standard. 68% of respondents said they have asked for an interpreter to be booked for a GP appointment but did not get one.

Clear communication of information between patients and healthcare professionals can be a matter of life or death – it’s essential that both parties can leave healthcare appointments or consultations 100% confident that important medical information has been communicated clearly.

Please sign the petition to make sure Deaf people are given access to appropriately qualified interpreters.  It really is a matter of life or death.

http://www.petitionbuzz.com/petitions/deafaccess

Thanks to Whitegateend Primary School…

A huge thanks to Whitegateend Primary School for inviting me in to speak to years 1 and 3 about my job as a Sign Language Interpreter.  I had an amazing time and thoroughly enjoyed myself.  Hopefully I will be asked back again next year!!

Well done to the year 5′s who have currently taken over the school and are today working as headteacher, receptionists and every other job needed to make a school run.  All the children are a real credit to the school.  Thanks especially to Mrs Maslen!!

http://www.whitegateend.oldham.sch.uk/