News Archive
Dry January Health CampaignDry 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 DecemberSIS 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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What do you think about “On-line” GP consultations?NHS Brighton and Hove CCG are consulting on a new initiative to introduce “on-line” GP consultations as a complimentary service to traditional face to face appointments. Although the CCG has done a vast amount of engagement across the area, they have noticed a lack of responses and input from BME communities....

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SCFT consultationSussex 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 paradeWe 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 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 PartyA 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 CentreDavid 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 2016/17The 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 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 Pavilions11 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 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 ChampionCongratulations 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 AssessmentBrighton & 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!For 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.I 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 referendumAt 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 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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Refugees welcome in Brighton & HoveSIS 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 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, 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 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 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, 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 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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