Interpreter support drop-in sessions during Edinburgh Deaf Festival



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Interpreter support drop-in sessions during Edinburgh Deaf Festival

We are pleased to announce there will be daily interpreter drop-in sessions available to all interpreters working throughout Edinburgh Deaf Festival. Marion Fletcher and/or Tessa Slaughter will be available from 12 to 1pm everyday (12th – 19th August) to offer support, debrief or mentoring for any interpreters working at the festival. These informal sessions will take place at Deaf Action’s premises in Albany Street, either in the café, or if required, access to a private space is also available.

As well as those interpreting throughout the festival, students/trainees and interpreters using the festival to gain shadowing opportunities are also welcome. This is a safe space for all, and we would encourage all involved to make use of this provision if possible.

Marion and Tessa are both RSLI’s living in Edinburgh and both work for Heriot-Watt University as staff interpreters. Marion has recently qualified as a Mentor with the ASLI mentoring training, and Tessa has undertaken the 360 Diploma in Supervision course, and is just finishing off her practice hours to complete this.

They bring a wealth of experience as interpreters, team leaders and managers, and wider experience of working in the deaf sector. Both are also ASLI Board Members, and have been involved in supporting the profession for many years with mentoring new interpreters in Scotland for Heriot-Watt and ASLI.

We would like to express our gratitude to Marion and Tessa for providing this invaluable service in partnership with Deaf Action and Edinburgh Deaf Festival..