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Happy to Translate celebrates Community Champions

Community Champions presented with certificates at Happy to Translate’s first open event for members.

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Happy to Translate held its first open event for members in Glasgow on 26 October 2018.

Newly appointed ethnic minority Community Champions were presented with certificates to acknowledge their commitment to help raise awareness of Happy to Translate in their respective communities.

Round table discussions with Happy to Translate member organisations and community members were held offering a unique, first-hand insight into the challenges faced by those who speak little or no English when trying to access information and services.

Invited guests included Stewart McDonald, MP for Glasgow South, James Dornan, MSP for Glasgow Cathcart, and Rhona McLeod, Chief Executive of Trust Housing Association.

Stewart McDonald said: “Everyone has the right to access services and information. If there are any communication barriers procedures should be in place to deal with them.

“Happy to Translate is a good scheme for organisations to use to deliver services for those who face a language barrier.’

James Dornan followed by saying: “Communication is vital. If we can understand each other, we can help each other. That is why Happy to Translate is such a vital organisation.”

Rhona McLeod  said: “The Happy to Translate team has been looking at ways of establishing a platform where member organisations can have direct contact and dialogue with communities. Appointing Community Champions is an important step in that direction.”

Other invited speakers included Mukami McCrum MBE, Chair, Scottish Older People Ethnic Minority Forum and Jo Zawadzka from Polish Cultural Festival Association.

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