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.
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!