International Translation Day is a chance to recognise and acknowledge the work of language professionals. These individuals play a hugely important role in unifying communities, encouraging dialogue and strengthening cross-cultural ties, understanding and empathy.
At MRC Tas, both our bicultural workers and the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) are essential when it comes to supporting people from culturally and linguistically (CALD) diverse backgrounds.
As individuals who identify with more than one culture and are skilled in multiple languages, bicultural workers are uniquely positioned to facilitate cross-cultural communication to ensure the needs of MRC Tas clients can be met within service delivery.
In addition to bicultural workers, translators and interpreters are also important when it comes to providing people from CALD backgrounds with equitable access to key services. MRC Tas is pleased to provide ‘Working with Interpreters’ training to Tasmanian service providers to support their understanding and confidence in working with interpreters and CALD community members. This training explores how to access TIS services, the role of interpreters and the best strategies for successful communication.
If you are interested in taking part in this important training, you can find more information here: https://mrctas.org.au/working-with-interpreters/
Did you know that it is possible to speak with MRC Tas with an interpreter? Callers can phone TIS on 131 450, indicate their language and tell the operator that they would like to call Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania: 03 6221 0999.