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Interpretation Support Project

What is the Interpretation Support Project?

In the context of Interculturalism and Integration and with a focus on the principles of equity and accessibility the partners involved in developing the County Donegal Peace III Action Plan identified that action was required around the development of a standardised system of providing Interpretation services. This need has been identified by the changing demographics on inward migration to the county and as a result of inter-agency county level research into increasingly diverse communities. Under the Donegal Peace III Action Plan 2008 – 2010, a project supported by the PEACE III Programme managed for the Special EU Programmes Body by Donegal County Council was funded.

Inishowen Development Partnership delivered this interagency collaborative action that focused on the building capacity and resources for a locally based interagency service to support service providers in terms of accessing interpretation services.

The main focus of the IISP project was:

  • Working with public service organisations in the county to ensure that there is an effective interpretation policy in place and that staff are adequately trained within this area.
  • Establishing and maintaining a database of trained community interpreters for Donegal. This included developing a code of conduct and practice for interpreters.
  • Building capacity of interpreters and increase the interpretation resource base available for Co Donegal
  • Developing an inventory of specialist services and other language resources available in the county and promoting the availability of these services to public service providers so that they are aware that this resource is available to assist them when working with ethnic minorities and other minority communities.

If you or your organisation or service requires an interpreter we have now a pool of registered trained interpreters in the County as a result of this project. To access this database an access code is required. Please contact our office at 074 9362218 or email shauna@inishowen.ie for access.

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