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Brighton International Feast on 1st AugustThe “Brighton International Feast”  will take place at the Brighthelm Centre on 1st August.  There is additional information on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/2248272755190601/ It is organised by a AMBIGO who are working to improve community cohesion whilst helping individuals to realise their personal goals, dreams and ambitions. Attendees are asked to bring...

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Chocoholly Team Building!Working in a busy service it is important for us to take time out of the office together to do something unrelated. It helps us bond with newer colleagues and refresh our relationships. We were all excited to have the opportunity to be with trustees and to make chocolates! People...

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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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Universal Credit Training for Volunteer LinguistsOn Monday 25th June, 11 of our team of Volunteer Linguists attended a training session on Universal Credit. The session was led by an excellent trainer and benefits specialist, Jayne Knights. The aim of the training was for Volunteer Linguists to be able to help Service Users to prepare for...

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Survey: LGBTQ+ identity and race at workThe Trust for Developing Communities and Brighton & Hove LGBT Switchboard are keen to hear from people who identify both as BME and LGBTQ to complete their survey into race, identity and employment. Everyone deserves to feel safe and be treated with respect at work.  The anonymous survey is asking questions to find out...

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2018 Ascentis Level 3 in Community Interpreting qualification cohortMany congratulations to the SIS cohort of 11 interpreters who have successfully completed the 14 week Ascentis ‘Level 3  Certificate in Community Interpreting’ qualification, delivered in partnership with the Brighton & Hove Workers Education Association (WEA). The Ascentis qualification is the benchmark qualification in Community Interpreting, and will allow our interpreters to...

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Volunteering Week “Thank you”SIS is very proud of the contribution volunteers make to our organisation and would like to offer them a very big THANK YOU for all their hardwork. SIS now works with 32 formal volunteers in the Health Promotion Project, plus a further 12 volunteer linguists over the 3 years of...

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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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Advocacy VoicesLast Wednesday service users speaking Farsi, Portuguese, Spanish and Arabic meet with Commissioners to discuss their advocacy needs. The conversation was part of planning for advocacy services from April 2019. Following the Advocacy Needs Assessment Commissioners were keen to better understand the advocacy needs of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME)...

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Punks In The Community!We see ourselves as Punks in the Community because we swim against many mainstream ideas that forget migrants are people. 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....

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VIVA SIS!“Being an interpreter is much more than being bilingual; you have to understand people`s emotions too”. Short piece on SIS in the fab Viva Magazine / Charity Box #24 page 21. Pick up your copy around town or read it online http://ow.ly/iDBs50h3kVg There is also an interesting feature on British Sign...

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A Way A DayThere was a fabulous turn out and atmosphere for A Way A Day – a multicultural health and well-being event – we were happy to support many of our service users to participate with Community Interpreters attending speaking Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Russian, Portuguese and Turkish.

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Customer Service Excellence Award 2018SIS was one of the first charities to apply for the Customer Service Excellence (CSE) Award.  We use the criteria to keep a focus on improvement and innovation.  We have done this every year since 2009.  This year we have achieved an unprecedented Compliance + in 4 areas: We use...

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SIS achieves Investing in Volunteers standardSIS have recently achieved the Investing in Volunteers Quality Standard, recognising the excellent work we do with volunteers. Arran Evans, SIS Director said “We are delighted to have achieved this important award and will use it to continue to improve our support for Volunteer Linguists and others.” Investing in Volunteers...

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Launch of Brighton & Hove International Migrant Needs AssessmentBrighton & Hove International Migrant Needs Assessment (IMNA) launched last night at Brighton Museum. We are pleased to be involved and attended with our Community Researchers. The language barrier and need for interpreting was central to the IMNA. We remain particularly concerned at barriers to accessing BHCC Housing Services for...

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Help to quit smoking campaignSIS is working with Brighton and Hove City Council Public Health Department on their “Help to quit smoking” campaign. Our website contains translated “Go Smokefree” leaflets on our language pages along with information supplied by BHCC about what local help is available. Translated Go Smokefree booklets العربية (Arabic) বাংলা (Bengali)...

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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 sessional workers 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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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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