One thing I really enjoy about being a freelance interpreter is being able to meet and work with new clients in different areas.

One thing I really enjoy about being a freelance interpreter is being able to meet and work with new clients in different areas.
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I’ve recently started working with the Lifeline Project in Manchester alongside Helga McGilp. The Lifeline Project Volunteer Xchange is a community based project that delivers alcohol awareness sessions in Bradford, Rotherham, Calderdale, Manchester, Greater Manchester and Preston.  Lifeline have been up and running for around 40 years but they have taken the initiative to expand their services into the Deaf community.
In 2013/14 Volunteer Xchange in collaboration with Deaf Health Champions ran an inequalities workshop, the idea being to allow deaf people to share their experiences and stories about their knowledge or lack of knowledge around alcohol issues which hearing people learn about on a daily basis.
From this workshop Helga’s post was born and she has now been working with Volunteer Xchange for the past 3 months.  Helga’s role as Volunteer Xchange co-ordinator will see her recruiting people from the Deaf community (deaf or hearing) to deliver alcohol awareness workshops and brief interventions.
This is an amazing step forward and will be so beneficial for the Deaf community.  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer and would like to access training, meet new people and want something to put on your CV then get in touch with Helga athelgamcgilp.lifeline@gmail.com  or 07712 355964 (text messages only).
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If you want to know more about the Lifeline Project head over to www.lifeline.org.uk

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