News Archive
Annual General Meeting 2015On 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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The Healing Village – 23 March 2015Over 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 AwardAs 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 DiversityThe 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 groupIn 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!Seventeen 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 2014The 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 AwardsSIS 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, sessional workers and SIS partners who gave their time to contribute to the assessments. Investors in People (IiP) Investors in People concentrates...

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SIS wins back Mental Health contractSussex 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 portalSIS 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 LeafletWe have now translated and printed an ICAS introductory leaflet in: Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Farsi, French, Mandarin, Portuguese, Sorani and Turkish Read the English version here.

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SIS trustee honoured at Brighton and Hove Older People’s Awards ceremonyCongratulations 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 2013Sussex 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 GroupIn 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 ICASHealthwatch 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 contractSussex 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 AwardsSIS 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, sessional workers and SIS partners who gave their time to contribute to the assessments. Investors in People (IiP) Investors in People concentrates...

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Joint Statement on sign language interpreting in SussexWe 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 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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