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ASSIST Sheffield

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We are a local charity that helps destitute asylum seekers by providing accommodation, information and practical support.

Interpreter 2022

This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date. Closing date for applications is 21 Jun.

To support clear communication in interviews with ASSIST clients who have limited spoken English. You should have a community language (especially Kurdish, Farsi, Arabic, Tingrinyan and Amharic) for this role.


  • Help the client to feel comfortable and to trust the volunteer.

  • Achieve understanding between the client and the volunteer, by translating between English and another language, including specialist jargon e.g. legal and medical terms. 

  • Provide the client with opportunities to ask questions about the nature and role of ASSIST.

  • Explain the nature and role of ASSIST to the client.

  • Work collaboratively with other interpreters and other ASSIST volunteers 

  • Attend training sessions and team meetings.

For more information and to apply, please click "Register My Interest" and email 

What skills do I need?

Understanding of, and willingness to work with, diversity and cultural difference. Respect for clients’ confidentiality. A courteous, friendly and empathetic manner. Ability to speak fluently in English and in a community language (especially Kurdish, Farsi, Arabic, Tingrinyan and Amharic) Good communication skills - listening skills, and ability to speak clearly. Ability to recognise possible confusion and gaps in communication. Willing to be an active team member.

What will I gain?

The basics about the UK asylum system, and the issues faced by asylum seekers. The role of ASSIST and its limitations. The role of a community interpreter, including the boundaries of the role. Interpersonal and team work skills. Listening skills. Self confidence.

Training and support

Accredited training leading to qualifications in Community Interpreting Relevant experience for professional interpreting work Training on a range of topics. On-going support from team leaders. Opportunities to interpret for other organisations such as South Yorkshire Refugee Law and Justice, Citizens Advice or Red Cross.

Time commitment

Flexible: any Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday daytimes, depending on availability.







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ASSIST office c/o Victoria Hall Methodist Church Norfolk St S1 2JB

Travel information

ASSIST is located at Victoria Hall Methodist Church on Chapel Walk, off Fargate. To reach the offices from the Sheffield Students' Union travel down West Street, on foot or by bus / tram, or Division Street on foot. Carry on onto Fargate, and before you reach High Street go left down Chapel Walk
  • CausesHomelessness, Poverty and social justice, Refugees and asylum seekers
  • FrequencyFlexible
  • WhenTuesday morning, Tuesday afternoon, Wednesday morning, Wednesday afternoon, Thursday morning, Thursday afternoon
  • Skills and InterestsCommunication skills
  • Careers and AspirationsThird sector and charity work

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