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Last Updated: Sunday, 10 October, 2004, 07:13 GMT 08:13 UK
New translation service launched
A new interpretation and translation service designed to break down language barriers is being launched in Plymouth.

Translate Plymouth will act as a one-stop shop for public and voluntary organisations wanting to use approved interpreters and translators.

More than 50 languages are spoken in the city.

The service is jointly paid for by a number of agencies including Devon and Cornwall Police and Plymouth City council.

'Not-for-profit'

Plymouth NHS Hospitals Trust and Plymouth Teaching Primary Care Trust are also sponsoring the project.

Manager Elisabete Dudley said: "We are not-for-profit and act as a go-between for organisations who need these services.

"Many people in Plymouth need to use health or council services, but do not necessarily know what is on offer because English is not their main language.

"We are helping staff within these services get in touch with the people with the right skills."

Ms Dudley is now building up a database of people who have the relevant skills who live in or near the city.

She said the interpreters and translators will be approved to ensure they are reliable and are aware of confidentiality issues.




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