Refugee Support - Tigrinya Interpreter Volunteer (Ashton)

British Red Cross volunteers help thousands of refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants every year enabling people to draw upon their own strengths to withstand crisis and rebuild their lives. Our Interpreter volunteers provide an essential communication link between people who use our service and the volunteers and staff supporting them. Many do not speak English as their first language and rely on high quality and confidential interpretation and translation to relay their personal information. For many people, this can be a difficult and distressing process. We help them to find a way forward and help them start their lives in a new country
Duration: Ongoing
When can volunteers volunteer? Weekly

This grid shows when you can volunteer for this organisation. E.G Monday morning.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Tasks the volunteer will be required to do:

What you will be doing
Interpreting and translating verbatim in one to one or group situations to help people using our service communicate with others. This could be face to face locally, or remotely locally or nationally.
Translation of forms or guidance
Written translation to complete required forms/paperwork
Use your Red Cross training to give emotional support to adults and children

Requirements: Relevant qualification or training
Skill and Qualifications Required:

We'd like you to be able to:

Live within 30 minutes of Ashton-under-Lyne
Volunteer on Thursdays 9:30am-2:30pm
Volunteer for 12 months
Speak Tigrinya and accurately translate Tigrinya into English
You’ll have access to a phone and emails
We would be particularly interested to hear from you if you have experience of being a refugee or asylum seeker.
We are looking for empathetic and professional interpreters who can inspire confidence that people’s messages are translated correctly and that their information will be kept secure. Our Interpreter volunteers are friendly and welcoming and enjoy being part of our supportive and diverse team.

Due to the intensity and complexity of parts of our services, it is essential that our Interpreter volunteers work to the highest standards so that we can provide a safe, high quality and effective service.

The skills you need
Strong communication skills and empathetic about the situation and needs of refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants
Able to volunteer in a multicultural environment
Able to verbally interpret and translate fluently in the specified language
Able to write in the language (as well as in English) would be helpful
Emotionally resilient as you may need to deal with challenging or difficult situations
Keep the people we support at the heart of what you do

Areas of Interest: Community, Immigrants, Older people, Race and Ethnicity, Refugees, Social Welfare, Women, Young people
Opportunity suitable for: Indoor, Long term commitment, Older people, People seeking work, People with a visual impairment, People with restricted mobility, University students, Other, 18 and over
What activities will the volunteer do? Befriending, Interpretation, Providing advice, Support Work, Translation
Skills gained in this role: Listening, Organising, Talking to others, Teamwork
Home based opportunity? No
DBS Check Required: Yes
Opportunity Accessibility: Accessible toilets

About the host organisation

Hosted by: British Red Cross