Access Bedford has moved their drop-in Deaf Space services online to accommodate social distancing following the government’s lockdown guidelines.
The charity has received a grant from the Harpur Trust and the Bedfordshire Coronavirus Emergency Response fund to support its volunteers to work from home and provide an English to BSL Translation service.
The service is still completely free and details of how to access the service can be found at in this video.
Helene Bolton of Access Bedford said, “We can support the D/deaf and Hard of Hearing community to make phone calls, modify English, translate English to BSL, contact other services and offer general support.
“We’d ask everyone to share this information with anyone you are aware of who is at risk, vulnerable, self isolating or whom you think would benefit from this service.”
Access Bedford can also offer your business, service or organisation support, if you have a message or information that needs be translated into BSL. They can be contacted by email email@example.com or call 07949022396
Access Bedfords service user, Sadika Shahjahan said, “Deaf Space’s online service is fantastic and made me feel welcome.
“They can help fill in a form, or any letters or making phone calls or anything I need…they are confidential, trustworthy, helpful.
“When I feel like I have no one I can talk to their services are available.”
The online service can be accessed in the following way:
Click on the link below and fill in the form. The Access Bedford team will then email back and confirm a date and time for an online meeting with an NRCPD registered Interpreter via Zoom Link: https://bit.ly/2vGgmrz
You can also email: firstname.lastname@example.org