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Leeds Shielding Diversity Group: New spoken material in community languages (inc. BSL) available to support people who are shielding

Working with community interpreters, Leeds City Council’s Health Partnerships Team is making sure that people who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (people who are ‘shielding’) are able to stay happy and healthy at home, making the decisions about their own health and wellbeing that ‘are right for me’, because they have received relevant and tailored messaging and information.

Each week, the Shielding Diversity Group interpreters and volunteers (several of whom with experience of shielding) shape key messages to support people who are shielding. They then interpret the messages into community languages such as Arabic, French and BSL, producing video clips and audio files to go with slides. So far, we have the following material available with more topics and languages to come:

Languages available

‘How to Shield’ guide: key information about what it means to be shielding, advice to stay safe and well at home and where to go for support
Arabic, , BSL, Czech, French, Punjabi, Urdu

More people have been asked to shield – what you should do about this
French, Czech, Punjabi, Urdu

Encouraging people who are shielding to go for their Covid-19 vaccination 
Arabic, French, Czech, Urdu

If you or anyone you know would like to access this information, please email [email protected] or text 07480 632 471 with the number of the topic and the language you would like it in.

If you would like to join the group of community interpreters, please also contact [email protected] and we can send you more information about joining the project.

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