English/Bengali Interpreter

The Linc Centre offers a broad range of activities and services for local people including exercise, creative, green and social initiatives.

The Linc Centre has partnered with Morgan & Wiseman Solicitors to provide free legal advice on immigration and family issues to our local residents. We have had lots of interest in the service from families who would benefit from an interpreter present at the meetings, we are looking for volunteers whose mother-tongue is Bengali and who have fluent English to provide translation in the meetings.

This is great experience for someone interested in translation, the legal world and community work.


Description of tasks

  • Set up the room ready for the session, making sure there are enough chairs etc
  • Greet users and make people feel welcome
  • Primarily offering verbal translation (from English to Bengali, and back) between solicitor and the service users
  • Some translation from written sources, for example, explaining the sections in a form to be completed
  • Ensure that a record is kept of all attendees to the session
  • Report any problems to Centre staff as soon as possible so they can be dealt with swiftly
  • Adhere to all Poplar HARCA policies and procedures.



Essential requirements of the role are for volunteers to have Bengali as their mother-tongue and be fluent in spoken and written English.

The second Monday of every month commencing Monday 7th January from 1.30pm – 4pm. This role is for a maximum of 2.5 hours but will be fewer if service users do not require translation.



Ideally we would like you to volunteer for at least 3 months but we believe that if you are available to volunteer for 6 months you will have a much richer volunteering experience.


What can we offer?

  • You will have a full induction followed by ongoing support
  • You will have a named PH Contact and regular opportunities for volunteering review sessions
  • You will be offered opportunities to attend training relevant to your role and to centre activity
  • You will receive agreed travel expenses, and can claim lunch expenses if you volunteer for more than five hours a day
  • We will provide you with an honest reference regardless of how long you are with us
  • We are committed to provide a safe and supportive environment.


All volunteers are required to complete an application form, attend an informal interview and give two referee’s details. If successful your volunteer role will begin with a 1 month trial period.


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If you are under the age of 18 we require permission from your parent or guardian prior to you volunteering

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Unfortunately we cannot accept references from family or friends. If possible, at least one referee should know you from work, education or volunteering. There are lots of people suitable to provide references, if you are struggling to think of anyone suitable please get in touch and we can discuss your options.

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Becs Marshall


0207 538 5748

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