New spoken material in community languages (including BSL) is 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.

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, the following materials are available with more topics and languages to come. Here is a BSL example:

#TopicLanguages available
1‘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 supportArabic, , BSL, Czech, French, Punjabi, Urdu
2More people have been asked to shield – what you should do about thisFrench, Czech, Punjabi, Urdu
3Encouraging people who are shielding to go for their Covid-19 vaccination  Arabic, French, Czech, Urdu

Anyone who would like to access this information can email [email protected] or text 07480 632 471 with the number of the topic and the desired language. Those who would like to join the group of community interpreters, please also contact [email protected] who will provide more information about joining the project.