Volunteer Social Prescriber at Sussex Interpreting Services (sis)

Our vision is of an inclusive and diverse society where people of all cultural and linguistic backgrounds are able to live in harmony, play a full and valued role and enjoy the same rights.

SIS exists to enable full access, for people with language needs, to publicly funded services in order to improve health, education and overall quality of life.

What does the opportunity involve doing?

Do you speak English and another language fluently? (we are particularly interested in speakers of Arabic, Bengali, Dari, Farsi, Italian, Lithuanian, Mandarin, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Turkish at the moment)
Would you like to use your language skills to benefit others in your community?
Do you have good communication skills and a friendly, helpful manner?
Would you enjoy working as part of a team?
Are you able to give approximately 3 hours each week?
Social Prescribing is a way of supporting people to find help for social, emotional or practical issues that are affecting their health and wellbeing. This could include health, housing, immigration, benefits, finances, education etc

Volunteer Social Prescribers will:

talk to people about the help and support they need
link people to specialist health and social support services
help with making appointments, reading letters, filling in forms, booking interpreters
Volunteer Social Prescribers will receive:

Free training in Social Prescribing and Community Outreach
Additional skills development opportunities
Support from a Projects Co-ordinator and from their peers
Out of pocket expenses

What induction, training and support is offered?

Full induction and training provided
Ongoing support from Social Prescribing Coordinator
Additional further training opportunities
Peer support

What skills or qualities are needed?

• able to work independently and use initiative

• friendly, diplomatic and courteous

• flexible and resourceful

• good communication skills, particularly verbally

• appropriate assertiveness skills

• accurate record keeping

• research skills

• organisational skills

• willingness to attend training and support sessions

More info
Date added

19th September 2023


Can be done at home
City wide

Deadline for applications

13 Oct 2023


Black and minority ethnic groups Non-English speakers/refugees People with health problems People with mental health problems


Other activities Translating/interpreting/language teaching

Disabled access?


Expenses paid?


Childcare available?


Contact name

Ben Williams

Phone number

01273 234016