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Coronavirus Update

To ensure the safety of our service users, staff teams and volunteers, we are following the guidance issued by the Government and have now closed our office until further notice.

However, we would like to reassure you that whilst we have to make changes to the way we deliver our services, our communications service is still open and our highly experienced skilled team of communication professionals are here to provide British Sign Language and other communication support for people who are deaf, deafened, have hearing loss or require deaf blind communication support.

We are working hard to meet the ongoing challenges of providing interpreting and communication support through our team of in-house and freelance interpreters whether this be face to face (when safe and appropriate to do so) or via our secure high quality video remote interpreting and can assure you we are available to support you in any way possible.

Our coordination team are working remotely at home and can continue to support with interpreter bookings so please do get in touch with us as we are here to help.

Getting in touch

Telephone/Text/Whatsapp: 07984 683182
Email: interpreting@bid.org.uk
Skype: interpreting.bid
Glide: interpretingbid@gmail.com
Facetime: interpreting@bid.org.uk


Interpreting

Welcome to BID’s British Sign Language Interpreting services.

We provide a range of specialist translation services to meet the communications needs of deaf and hard of hearing people across the UK.

The interpreting service was established in 1994 and over the past 20 years, we have built our reputation on providing communications support that is professional, reliable, high quality and personalised.

Our large in-house team of interpreters are skilled professionals who are employed by us.  They can cover a diverse range of appointments and are all NRCPD registered and qualified to NVQ Level 4/6 in British Sign Language/English Interpreting. This ensures you receive interpreting services from staff that are committed to maintaining excellent standards of quality.

For organisations and individuals wishing to learn more about deaf culture and to communicate with deaf people, we offer training in British Sign Language, and Deaf Awareness Training. We can also provide tailored programmes to meet your specific needs.

To make a booking, or to discuss your needs, please contact our friendly team.


What to do if you have an emergency during out of hours and you need communication support

If you have an emergency during out of hours and you need communication support for deaf mental health, please contact our out of hours telephone number on 07920044777. 

If you require communication support for an out of hours medical or hospital appointment then please check your contracted provider for support.

If you are deaf and need a BSL interpreter in a medical emergency please inform the hospital or GP practice staff so they can contact the service provider and book an interpreter for you.