New course for bilingual people to help minorities

An organisation is inviting applications from bilingual people in East Sussex its Bilingual Advocacy Level 3 course.

The 10-week course, delivered in Bexhill by Diversity Resource International, runs every Friday from January 16 from 10am to 4pm.

The course is designed to provide students with the necessary skills to work as bilingual advocates with black and minority ethnic communities across East Sussex.

Distinct from interpreting, bilingual advocates work on behalf of those who have little or no English language ability to ensure that they can access the services they need and to empower people in the long term in making decisions about their own health care.

Advocates also guide the people they work with toward English language classes, voluntary or paid work and support community integration.

Mebrak Ghebreweldi, director of Diversity Resource International, said: “The courses we offer train those who have come from a non-English language background but possess a good knowledge of English language, systems and customs to help others within local communities that struggle to make themselves understood.

“Over the years we have trained many people to capitalise on their linguistic and cultural knowledge to create rewarding careers in helping others.”

The cost of the course is £375 with interest free instalment options available. Application forms can be obtained by calling Diversity Resource International on 01273 473986 or emailing training@dricic.org.

For more information about Diversity Resource International log onto www.dricic.org.