Herefordshire Council is looking for new interpreters who can help Syrian refugees arriving in the county later this year with their language needs.
The council has agreed with the Home Office that it can support up to 60 Syrian refugees (approximately 18 families) from September onwards.
In order to help and support refugees to settle into Herefordshire communities, find employment, enrol children in schools, register with GPs and meet their religious needs, the council’s Herefordshire Language Network is looking for new linguists to join the team in either paid or voluntary positions.
Councillor Patricia Morgan, Cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “The council’s Herefordshire Language Network is the main provider of interpreters and translators in the county and is always keen to hear from residents who speak English alongside other languages fluently, none more so than now with the imminent arrival of Syrian refugees into the county.
“We won’t know which languages the refugees speak until approximately six weeks before they arrive but we believe we’ll need interpreters who can speak Arabic and Kurdish. We would love to hear from anyone with the appropriate language skills who would like to volunteer their time to support refugees or work as an interpreter.”
There will be training provided on 25 to 26 June for volunteer interpreters and 9 to 10 July for paid interpreters.
To find out more and to download an application form, please visit: www.herefordshire.gov.uk/language. The closing date for applications is Monday 13 and 27 June respectively.