News Archive
Multicultural Events during Spring 2019 6th February, 2019There are a number of multi-cultural events coming up during the Spring of 2019 that SIS is involved with and promoting to our Service Users in core community languages Arabic, Bengali, Farsi, Hungarian, Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Turkish.  Everyone is welcome at these events. 28th February SIS 16th Annual General...

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Dry January Health Campaign 14th January, 2019Dry January is the campaign through which millions of people reset their relationship with alcohol through stopping drinking for one month. SIS will be running the campaign through our Facebook pages in English  and in target community languages Arabic, Polish, Hungarian, Portuguese, Turkish, Russian, Farsi and Spanish The month-long alcohol-free challenge is the perfect start...

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Lunchtime information event about Bilingual Community Navigation – 12th December 6th December, 2018SIS is a partner in an exciting new three year project “Community Navigation Plus”.   We are co-hosting an event along with TDC (Trust for Developing Communities) for services and organisations to find out about this work. It will be held on the 12th of December from 11am to 2pm at...

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SCFT consultation 5th July, 2018Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust are consulting on the current 5 options being considered for redevelopment of the Brighton General site adjacent to Brighton Racecourse. The current consultation is focussed on how the site will be developed, the options range from very light touch to full redevelopment.  There will be...

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Brighton Pride parade 5th June, 2018We recently submitted an application to join the this year’s Brighton & Hove Community Pride Parade and I am pleased to announce it has been accepted! The Parade takes place on Saturday 4th August 2018 setting off from Hove Lawns, making its way through Brighton to Preston Park. Click here...

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SIS Ascentis Community Interpreting Level 3 cohort 2018 30th January, 2018Congratulations to all SIS interpreters who have started the Ascentis Level 3 Community Interpreting course, delivered in partnership with the WEA.

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SIS Winter Party 18th December, 2017A good number of SIS linguists and staff members attended our Winter Party last week. Many thanks to all attendees, and everyone who brought delicious food!

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SIS presentation at Stanford Medical Centre 6th December, 2017David Slade, Learning & Development Officer, delivered a presentation introducing SIS’s services, Community Interpreting and how SIS can support GP surgeries at the Stanford Medical Centre. If you surgery is interested in organising event like this, please contact David by clicking here.

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SIS Annual Review 2016/17 3rd November, 2017The latest SIS Annual Review is now available online. The review provides a summary of the organisation’s activity over a 12+ months time period as well as other information about SIS. We hope you enjoy reading about our services and welcome any feedback you would like to give. DOWNLOAD ANNUAL...

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Annual General Meeting 2017 24th October, 2017Come to our Annual General Meeting! 23rd November 2017 2pm – 4:30pm Talk to SIS and local health & wellbeing services Connect with local people speaking 48 languages Celebrate with SIS our achievements Brighthelm Community Centre, North Road, Brighton BN1 1YD Crèche (booking essential) and light refreshments available.

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Substance Misuse information session with Pavilions 4th October, 201711 SIS Community Interpreters attended a Drug & Alcohol Basic Awareness course delivered by Chris Smith and Ben Pickersgill from the Pavilions Drug and Alcohol Service hosted at the BMECP on the 03/10/2017. In this all day event the delegates covered topics such as “Why people use substances?”, the “Misuse...

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Service User Day 2017 26th September, 2017We organised a Service User Day on 25th September. It was an opportunity to meet people and get to know them better. We encouraged people to share their opinions of SIS. People also gave us information about the needs of their communities. There was a focus on how to overcome...

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Trustee Lucy Bryson – Community Champion 12th April, 2017Congratulations to SIS Trustee Lucy Bryson who has been acknowledged as a `Community Hero` by the University of Sussex. Lucy has been a SIS Trustee since September 2012. We benefit from her community connections and long standing support for refugees and asylum seekers in Brighton & Hove. You can read...

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International Migrants Needs Assessment 12th April, 2017Brighton & Hove City Council (BHCC) are conducting a needs assessment of international migrants. SIS is the largest provider of services to migrants in the city. We are part of the Steering Group. We have already provided 50 pages of comparative data and helped with a Literature Review. 10 of...

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Customer Service Excellence – Lucky 7! 12th April, 2017For the 7th year we have again secured the prestigious Customer Service Excellence (CSE) Quality Mark. For the first time we secured Compliance Plus in 3 areas: We use customer insight to inform policy and strategy and to prioritise service improvement activity. We empower and encourage all employees to actively...

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Reflections of a community researcher. 12th April, 2017I am participating in a Needs Assessment for International Migrants in the city of Brighton and Hove as a community researcher. This is a very exciting project being carried out by partnership formed by the council, the NHS, the University of Brighton and other organisations, like SIS, which means that...

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SIS “Family Values” and the EU referendum 6th July, 2016At SIS we are proud of our values and our work. We look to each other for support and encouragement to deliver our vision. Our vision is of an inclusive and diverse society where people of all cultural and linguistic backgrounds are able to live in harmony, play a full...

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Annual General Meeting 2015 2nd June, 2016On 19th November 2015, we held another well attended AGM with a quiz and an interactive consultation run by SIS Director Shahreen Shebli, and presentations by SIS Director Arran Evans and SIS Quality Assurance Manager Vikki Gimson, who reported on the activity of the organisation over the last year and...

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Refugees welcome in Brighton & Hove 2nd June, 2016SIS is trying to play an active role in supporting the co-ordination of local efforts to welcome refugees and to positively promote the idea that there is more that can be achieved to help.  SIS is encouraging and supporting City of Sanctuary, Migrant Solidarity Network, Brighton & Hove City Council,...

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The Healing Village – 23 March 2015 2nd June, 2016Over 120 people attended the Healing Village event on 23rd March – ‘A place to feel welcome and warm and to refresh your knowledge of health opportunities’. Most people said that they had learned a new skill and liked the workshops. There was a real sense of fun. People appreciated...

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Simple Quality Protects Award 2nd June, 2016As part of our commitment to safeguarding children SIS recently completed a submission of evidence towards a Quality Assurance Programme in this area – The Simple Quality Protects scheme. We were therefore delighted to be presented with both a Bronze and Silver Award for our safeguarding practices, policies and procedures...

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SIS Wins Award for Excellence in Furthering Equality and Diversity 2nd June, 2016The Sector Star Awards, now in their third year, recognise the amazing community and voluntary activity that happens in Brighton and Hove every day. They were judged by a panel drawn from local public agencies, businesses and the local community and awarded at a ceremony attended by over 200 people....

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CCG service user focus group 2nd June, 2016In October 2014, SIS facilitated a 3 hour Focus (Reference) Group in support of Brighton and Hove CCG Intentions around NHS Record Sharing’ and in response to their need to consolidate and strengthen the NHS Public Information Programme locally. A group of 10 experienced community interpreters, covering the top 10...

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Bilingual Advocacy Pilot – Brighton & Hove – Launched! 2nd June, 2016Seventeen Bilingual Advocates enthusiastically participated in two days of refresher training at the end of November. The Pilot is now launched and will run to the end of April 2015. We are looking to support 20-25 vulnerable adults. We want to see change and improvement for people in their quality...

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Annual General Meeting 2014 2nd January, 2016The SIS AGM on the 25th September was an opportunity to begin the celebrations of our 20th year! All of our partners greatly appreciated the opportunity to present to and meet with service users. People mentioned feeling inspired by the buzz of interpreting. It was incredible to be in a...

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Exceptional Quality Recognised by National Awards 18th August, 2014SIS is thrilled to announce that our exceptional quality and high standards have been recognised by the award of two national externally accredited quality standards. Thanks to staff, linguists and SIS partners who gave their time to contribute to the assessments. Investors in People (IiP) Investors in People concentrates on...

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SIS wins back Mental Health contract 18th August, 2014Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SPT) is pleased to announce a commitment to working with Sussex Interpreting Services (SIS) as the main provider of spoken language interpreting and translation. The contract was recently terminated by Pearl Linguistics Limited at short notice placing SPT in the difficult position of needing to...

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New SIS online booking portal 18th August, 2014SIS introduced a new online booking portal in September 2013. This allows customers to request interpreters using a secure, interactive form, to look up booking history for their organisation and to check the status of any existing booking. It makes the task of booking interpreters for your appointment quicker, easier...

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Independent Complaints Advocacy Service (ICAS) – Introductory Leaflet 18th August, 2014We have now translated and printed an ICAS introductory leaflet in: Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Farsi, French, Mandarin, Portuguese and Turkish Read the English version here.

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SIS trustee honoured at Brighton and Hove Older People’s Awards ceremony 18th August, 2014Congratulations to our trustee, Farangiz Mohebati, who was nominated for this award by a city Mayor, an MP and many local people for her work as an activist and Trustee.  Faragiz said, “I’m very proud of the people behind me.  All my life I’ve done a lot, but it’s really...

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SIS shortlisted for Guardian Charity Awards 2013 18th August, 2014Sussex Interpreting Services is one of 30 charities shortlisted for the Guardian Charity Awards 2013. The Guardian Charity Awards 2013 showcases excellence among small and medium-sized charities and gives a much-needed boost to organisations struggling to get the profile and funding they need to move forward. 1300 charities applied for...

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SIS service users meet the Clinical Commissioning Group 18th August, 2014In March 2013, Sussex Interpreting Services (SIS), in partnership with Black and Minority Ethnic Community Partnership (BMECP), successfully hosted an information and consultation event for their Service Users (SUs) to meet with Brighton and Hove NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).  46 SUs speaking 9 different languages attended with the support...

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Partnership successes: Healthwatch and ICAS 18th August, 2014Healthwatch Brighton & Hove Brighton & Hove City Council has named the Community & Voluntary Sector Forum (CVSF) as the approved provider for Healthwatch, an independent health and social care watchdog.  The aim is to ensure that the voices of those who use health and social services reach the ears...

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SIS wins back Mental Health contract 18th March, 2014Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SPT) is pleased to announce a commitment to working with Sussex Interpreting Services (SIS) as the main provider of spoken language interpreting and translation. The contract was recently terminated by Pearl Linguistics Limited at short notice placing SPT in the difficult position of needing to...

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Exceptional Quality Recognised by National Awards 18th February, 2014SIS is thrilled to announce that our exceptional quality and high standards have been recognised by the award of two national externally accredited quality standards. Thanks to staff, linguists and SIS partners who gave their time to contribute to the assessments. Investors in People (IiP) Investors in People concentrates on...

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Joint Statement on sign language interpreting in Sussex 21st November, 2012We write to express our shared concern at the news that Neal Communication Agency (NCA) will cease to provide its services as of 21st December 2012. It is essential that immediate arrangements are made to secure continuity of quality assured services for the deaf communities of Sussex. With this purpose,...

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Service User Day 2012 18th July, 2012On 31st May 2012 SIS held a SIS multi-lingual Service User Day attended by approximately 30 Service Users speaking 7 different languages. The purpose of the event was for SIS to gather information to ensure we understand what Service Users need and want from SIS, make any necessary improvements or...

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