The Refugee Council works in the UK with asylum seekers and refugees. Our operational teams based in various locations in England provide advice and assistance across a wide range of issues, including helping asylum seekers through the complexities of the asylum system, addressing issues of destitution and assisting refugees and asylum seekers to access key services including housing, welfare benefits, health, education and employment.
Context and purpose of the job
Interpreters will work mainly with our Resettlement team in Lewisham. Our Resettlement team supports newly resettled Ukrainian families to settle into the UK by supporting with access to housing, welfare benefit and health services. The project will require interpreters to support resettlement advisors in helping these families settle into the UK by meeting them at the airport and facilitating for them in appointments at our Lewisham office. Ideally, Ukrainian/Russian interpreters will have some experience of working with refugees or vulnerable people.
Interpreters support our project by interpreting for our clients during their appointments with our advisers and volunteers, making sure that there is good communication and that we are able to best support the needs of our clients, while making sure they are aware of the work that is being done for them. Issues that clients within the advice services face include issues relating to housing, benefits and health. It is therefore vital that Interpreters have both a high level of the spoken language in order to be able to communicate complex issues clearly, and a strong understanding of confidentiality.
- Native proficiency of Ukrainian and/or Russian
- Previous experience of interpreting
- Previous experience of interpreting in an advice setting (desirable)
For more information about this role please see the job description and person specification found HERE