We’re big fans of our interpreters here at Vandu; they are often the face of the company and we’re incredibly proud of the job they’re doing. We wanted to give a little back in celebrating some of the things they do outside of Vandu.
Many of our interpreters carry out extra social work in their communities. One of our Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi interpreters Sabah Kaiser, volunteers at a charity for female survivors of sexual abuse, run by women called Survivors Network. The charity aims to reduce the impact that sexual violence has on a woman’s life, by providing counselling and hosting events for survivors. She’s also in the midst of setting up a multilingual service for the charity.
Amel Mikhail, an Arabic interpreter, is a bilingual caseworker for a charity called Voices in Exile, who provide support for asylum seekers and refugees in Sussex and Surrey. They do this in providing access to toiletries, food and financial support, as well as giving integration support, and free immigration and legal advice, such as applications for family reunions and work permits.
Finally, Spanish speaker Karin Brauner provides counselling for both young people and adults for an array of different subjects, such as anxiety and stress, academic concerns, abuse, grief loss and bereavement, shame, addictions and compulsions and many more. Karin also provides tutoring in academic subjects, and has qualifications in Adult and Child Residential Social Care, working part-time with people with learning and physical disabilities and Autism, and the elderly in respite and recovery services.
We’re so happy to have such hardworking interpreters as part of our Vandu team, and it reflects in their interpreting skills too. Please see below the relevant websites for the interpreters mentioned above. Over the next few weeks we’ll do another post on our associates that are creatively inclined – stay tuned!
Sabah Kaiser and Survivors Network - www.survivorsnetwork.org.uk
Amel Mikhail and V.I.E – www.brightonvoicesinexile.co.uk
Karin Brauner - www.k-brauner-counselling.co.uk