Many detainees need an interpreter to accompany the doctor or health professional. We also sometimes need interpreters to help caseworkers or doctors speak to detainees on the phone.
The role of our volunteer interpreters is therefore crucial in ensuring that we can reach the detainees who most need our help.
The most common languages that we need interpreters for are: Arabic, Amharic, Farsi, French, Hindi, Lingala, Lugana, Mandarin, Pashtu, Tamil, Tigrinya, Urdu and Vietnamese.
However, we also need other languages – so contact us if you could interpret for another language.
Location of IRCs
The 10 immigration removal centres that our volunteers visit are located at: Gatwick, Gosport, Heathrow, Milton Ernest (near Bedford), Kidlington (near Oxford), Dover, Swinderby (in Lincolnshire), Weymouth and Strathaven (near Glasgow) and the Verne (near Weymouth).