The launch of new support sessions in Bradford for Enable2 interpreters called ‘EnableU – Open Door’ is next week. They will help Enable2 interpreters to stay in  touch and have the opportunity to seek advice or ask questions.

The first support session is Wednesday 2 March, at 5pm, at Douglas Mill. It is aimed at a specific group on interpreters and more will be planned for the future.

Kokila Patel, recruitment and trainer with Enable2, said: “You can feel a bit isolated as an interpreter as you are self-employed and often go to sessions on your own. We wanted to provide a forum for Enable2 interpreters to talk about any difficult circumstances or worries. We care about the welfare of our interpreters and always encourage them to continue with their professional development.”

Recruitment and induction in Sheffield

Kokila comes from Bolton and used to work for Scais, based in Sheffield, an organisation which used to provide interpreters.

She joined Alex Bean recently interviewing and inducting new interpreters for our team in Sheffield.

They met  25 new recruits within just a day bringing the total up to 60 Enable2 interpreters based in the city to work with health – including mental health and learning disabilities – and social care organisations.

Kokila added: “We are really happy with how the session went in Sheffield last week. We recruited a good cross section of both men and women, which is essential as the needs of our customers vary. The candidates appreciated being interviewed and invited back for induction within just a few hours. ”

The inductions covered working practices with Enable2 including the code of conduct, good practice, ethics, how interpreters get paid and an introduction to the electronic portal used for bookings. They also explained how Enable2 is a social enterprise which means its profits are ploughed back into the community.

Enable2 needs interpreters who speak many languages including  Arabic, Slovak, Albanian alongside Mandarin and Cantonese and Urdu Punjabi and Bengali.   We also need Oromo which is spoken in parts of Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Egypt by about 32 million people.

If you are interested in becoming an interpreter contact and complete an application form or  tel:  01274 237614