Tell us about your project
Sussex Interpreting Services work with 170+ Community Interpreters, Bilingual Advocates, Translators, Volunteer Linguists and Community Researchers so that people have a voice and can access health and social care services.
“I feel less fear, more confident, able to develop myself professionally, to work hard and build a life here with my family”
What are you trying to do?
We want an inclusive and diverse society where people of all cultural and linguistic backgrounds are able to live in harmony, play a full and valued role and enjoy the same rights.
What makes it different to other projects?
We help, whether people are part of an established community, an isolated individual or a member of a newly arrived group with little knowledge of UK systems and few resources.
Why do you see yourself as punks in the community?
We swim against many mainstream ideas that forget migrants are people.
What’s your top tip for ‘keeping it punk’ and making a difference to people’s lives?
Stick to your values!
Could you give us a quote or two from some of the people who benefit from your project?
“I am very happy with the support SIS has given me…The staff have been extremely caring, supportive and empathetic.
I feel much less isolated and alone…the support I received from SIS has made me open up socially – I feel much more able to trust people here…
SIS helped to give me the motivation I had lacked for a long time; renewing my purpose and drive for life.
I feel less fear, more confident, able to develop myself professionally, to work hard and build a life here with my family”.
What other groups inspire you?
If you’re an organisation who also see yourselves as ‘Punks In The Community’ get in touch and tell us your story.