Overview

British Sign Language (BSL) is one of the official languages in the UK. According to Gov.uk, there are 11 million people who are deaf or hard of hearing and the number is growing each year. This makes the demand for qualified British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters exceptionally high.

Access Ambassadors is not an interpreting agency. Yet, as an organisation closely linked to Milton Keynes Deaf Community, we regularly receive requests for sign language interpreting.

We believe that consumers of interpreting services are entitled to value for money. The best way to achieve this is by booking interpreters directly. Booking through agencies adds costs that make BSL interpreting unnecessarily expensive.

Local BSL Interpreter list:

This page lists local, reliable and competent fully qualified sign language interpreters who work in Milton Keynes and across the East Midlands. They are all registered with the National Register of Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Deafblind People (NRCPD). All the interpreters featured on this page adhere to high professional standards and complete regular professional training to maintain interpreting standards.

You will see that each interpreter can provide communication support in a variety of domains including deaf employees.

You can contact the interpreters directly to obtain details of their fees. As an indication of the type of fees that may be charged please refer to the Nubsli website. Please bear in mind that the nature and complexity of an interpreting booking determine the fee charged by an individual interpreter.

Remote interpreting:

In response to the current pandemic, interpreters have adapted their services to include remote interpreting (via video call). BSL Interpreters on this page have indicated if they are able to provide this service.

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Specialist agencies:

Be aware that demand can often outstrip the supply of interpreters. If you are having difficulty booking a local Sign Language interpreter, you are welcome to contact us in the first instance. We will endeavour to find an available interpreter for you. Please be aware that we charge an administration fee of £10 per booking for this service.

Alternatively, you can contact MK Community Language Service run by Milton Keynes Council. The contact number for the service is 01908 253253. You can also contact specialist BSL interpreting agencies such as Clarion, Remark or RAD.

Other interpreting services include video relay interpreting agencies such as Signlive and Signvideo.

You can also read our helpful hints guide for tips on how to work with interpreters.

You can find out more about BSL Interpreter professional standards, codes of conduct and the importance of access for the Deaf Community:

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