Can you help share translated Covid-19 advice to non-English speakers?

Posted on: 18 December 2020

Community influencers and leaders who speak languages other than English are being encouraged to use social media to share the latest Covid-19 advice within their communities.

Devon County Council (DCC) has produced information about how to stop the spread of Covid-19 in a range of community languages.

The translations are aimed at residents who may not speak English fluently and struggle to access the latest guidance

The languages available include Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese (simplified), Farsi (Persian), Hungarian, Kurdish (Sorani), Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Tamil, Thai, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese and Tagalog.

The guidance includes social distancing, hygiene, face coverings what to do if you have Covid-19, how to book a test and support for self-isolating.

And now DCC is asking community leaders with a Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube account, and lots of followers, to use their influence to help bring this to the attention of their communities.

In addition to the written information, DCC has also produced some animated videos. Part one of ‘How to Stop the Spread of Covid-19 (coronavirus)- keeping everyone safe’ is available now, and part two – testing and support will be available in the new year. The videos are currently available in Arabic, Bulgarian, English, Polish and Romanian.

Councillor Barry Parsons, DCC’s Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Cllr Barry ParsonsEqualities, said: “This winter, it is vital that we continue in our efforts to stop the spread of Covid-19.
“Flu will add additional pressures on health services and increase risks for the vulnerable and we need your help.
“We are concerned that those who do not speak English fluently may find it difficult to understand the guidelines or know how to get support.
“We ask you to use your contacts, social media skills and influence to help protect those in your community, your family and your friends.
“We have provided written translations which you can use as a script to produce your own content, for example, a video of you speaking.
“We are particularly keen to involve young people so if you are a teacher or lecturer, please encourage your students to take part and we would particularly welcome people who can speak Vietnamese or Kurdish (Sorani) to help.”

You can find the resources on the Devon County Council website.

For further information please email: equality@devon.gov.uk.

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