Hereford & Worcester

Herefordshire Council appeals for more interpreters

Sign language
Image caption Users of sign language are being sought by the council

An increase in the number of languages being spoken in Herefordshire has led to an appeal for more interpreters.

Herefordshire Council wants people who know languages including Hungarian, Urdu, Tamil, Japanese and sign language.

Harriet Yellin from the council said: "It is important that we are able to help families whose first language isn't English."

There is free training for anyone interested in the work.

Over the past two years, the council has trained about 70 people to interpret for the Herefordshire Language Network.

The training is run by a tutor from the Workers' Educational Association.

The training is free of charge to learners as it is funded through the Migration and Integration in Rural Areas (MIRA) project.

The council is also looking for people fluent in Arabic, Bengali, Korean, and Pashto.

The closing date for applying for the course is Friday.

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