Urgent help with Housing

Service User K came to us for help with accessing emergency accommodation as he was facing imminent eviction and was at risk of homelessness. This was causing him high levels of stress and anxiety. Our Community Navigator provided extensive support, liaising with the Homelessness Prevention Officer at the council and helping to fill in forms…

A Helping Hand

Some refugees and asylum seekers may have less than conversational English. This can be distressing and disempowering.  Supporting them to get their most pressing practical needs met can be critical to improving their mental and psychological wellbeing. This can also create the necessary space to help them focus on learning a new language. We were…

Trauma arising from COVID-19

  I am currently working as an Interpreter in Sussex with a migrant woman, who we will refer to as individual (A) to protect her anonymity.   I have also not included all of the sensitive medical details which make this woman vulnerable.   (A) contracted COVID-19 and as a result had to be admitted…

Trying our best to help

Everyone at SIS tries their best to help. We appreciate that we are working with some of the most vulnerable and isolated people. At this terrible time this is even more the case. In the last 9 months of the pandemic emergency interpreting has almost doubled as a proportion of our work.  We can be…

Building confidence

“The parents had been feeling too anxious and overwhelmed to attend Child In Need Meetings (CIN) due to the language barrier, and the high number of professionals involved with supporting their children.  We were pleased when this changed and the parents felt confident enough to begin attending.  A large part of this is that parents…

Opening up Primary Care

We were contacted recently by a Migrant Support Worker from the fantastic Voice in Exile organisation.  For over a week she had been trying to set up a GP appointment for a Service User.  We offered to help. We called the GP Surgery and after a long and complicated outgoing message and a 20 minute…