Train to become an interpreter

Herefordshire Council’s language service, the Herefordshire Language Network, is offering more training for interpreters in April, and the application process is now open.

On Sunday 22 and Sunday 29 April 2018, a two-day unaccredited “foundation training” course will take place in Hereford city.

The training event is an excellent starting point for anyone who has ever considered trying out interpreting, and could lead to paid work.  A very high level of fluency in English and one other language is required.  While all languages are welcome, the Network is looking particularly for languages less commonly found in the county, such as Kurdish, Arabic, Filipino, Cantonese, and African and Indian languages.  BSL is also welcome.  Since 2009, the council has trained over 200 people in interpreting and translation skills, which allows them to work for the Herefordshire Language Network.  The Network currently manages around 400 assignments every month for public services and voluntary organisations.

The deadline for applications is 26 March.  To find out more about the criteria for applying, and to download an application form, please visit www.herefordshire.gov.uk/language, or call Harriet Yellin on 01432 260216.

Have your say on the Hereford Bypass

Hereford Transport Package consultation begins on 6 February

Plans for the Hereford Transport Package – the Hereford Bypass and associated walking, cycling, bus and public realm improvements will be exhibited on the 6, 7 and 8 of February 2018.

The exhibition will be available for public view between 11am and 8pm in the pod next to The Coffee Corner at Old Market.

There will also be an evening session on Tuesday 13 February 2018 from 6pm to 9pm at Whitecross High School.

The exhibition will move to Hereford Library on Friday 16 February where it will remain for the duration of the consultation period, until Tuesday 20 March.

The exhibition can be viewed during normal library opening hours and staff will be available to answer questions on Saturday 24 February and Saturday 10 March between 11am and 2pm.

The exhibition and film showing the route corridors will be available to view at Herefordshire.gov.uk/HTP from Tuesday 6 February.

National Lottery grant to digitise 150 years of Ross Gazette

The award of £70,600 has been made by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to the Ross Gazette Archive Project in Ross-on-Wye to fund the digitisation of the entire newspaper archive and accompanying photographs, making it available for the public to access.

The digital archive will be available on Herefordshire library service’s Herefordshire History project website (www.herefordshirehistory.org.uk), making it accessible to a much wider audience and preserving it for future generations.

Full press release HERE

Vote for your Community Champion

Last year Pam Guiver was named 2017 ‘Volunteer of the Year’ in recognition of 40 years volunteering with the Girl Guides, and setting up Bromyard Guides in 2010.

There are 5 categories to choose from to nominate YOUR champion.  Community, or Caring, or Environment, or Youth Champion or Volunuteer of the Year.  But remember to make your nomination(s) before Friday 16th February 2018

Find out more at:  https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/champions