One of our key areas of activity is offering our members a strong peer support network so that they can share their experiences with fellow interpreters of colour. We work in a profession and a society that is predominately White and still dealing with the legacy of slavery and colonialism; this is often reflected in the work we do with the deaf community. Our peer support events offer a safe and confidential space to talk about these issues.
Shadowing and buddying
The informal and voluntary buddying scheme is designed to match trainee, newly qualified or less experienced interpreters with a more experienced interpreter in a particular domain so that our members can develop the confidence to work in new domains. This is particularly the case for high profile work (e.g. TV and conferences) where there is currently very little representation of interpreters of colour.
Members can access professional mentoring services from mentors aware of the issues faced by people of colour.
Members can access professional supervision services to explore the challenges of being a person of colour in a White profession and society.