At Prestige Network, we understand the crucial role that a sign language interpreter plays in bridging the communication barrier between Deaf* and hearing people. Our sign language interpreters, trained in British Sign Language (BSL) / English Interpreting, have the essential skills and expertise to provide sign language translation that conveys the words, the meaning and feelings behind the words, which are so often vital when interacting. The friendly and efficient service provided by our experienced and bilingual staff and having access to a database of over 5000 language and BSL/English Interpreters will ensure that you get an experienced interpreter who can address your specific needs whether you are an individual or an organisation in the commercial, public or private sector.
Clients may commonly refer to a BSL linguist as a sign language interpreter, but the more accurate term is a British Sign Language (BSL) / English Interpreter, i.e. an interpreter who works in both BSL and English who can assist in communication between Deaf and hearing people.
* The use of the word ‘Deaf’ (with a capital ‘D’) refers to a person whose preferred language is BSL whereas ‘deaf’ (with a lowercase ‘d’) refers to any person with a significant hearing loss.
British Sign Language is the first or preferred language of around 70,000 people in the UK and was recognised by the UK government as a minority language in March 2003. With the services of a sign language interpreter, proficient in both BSL and English, Deaf and hearing people can communicate with each other.
British Sign Language, like any other language, has its own vocabulary, grammar and expressions as well as regional dialects. It is a language that uses hand and body movements as well as facial expressions. Prestige Network offers the services of sign language interpreters across-the-board, enabling hearing people to communicate freely with BSL users and vice versa. Our interpreters can communicate exact emotions, feelings, expressions and nuances via this highly developed language, as well as directly interpret the literal exchanges.
We have sign language interpreters, or more correctly BSL / English Interpreters, that provide interpreting and communication services for a wide range of sectors, conferences, training courses, business needs and community interpreting including criminal, civil and family courts, solicitors, police and tribunals. With access to a large database of interpreters, Prestige Network can provide in a short time span a BSL / English Interpreter that has relevant experience to the client's needs. Our friendly staff are just a phone call away!
All our interpreters, including our sign language interpreters, adhere to a strict code of conduct and are very sensitive to their role, especially in legal issues. An interpreter's role is simply to provide an impartial interpretation of all communication and not to offer advice or opinions - even when asked. Although it is tempting to ask the interpreter questions about deafness or interpreting issues, to do so places the interpreter in an uncomfortable situation and may lead to a breach of their strict codes of ethics.
Prestige Network's sign language interpreters are highly trained in both British Sign Language and English and we work only with qualified and/or registered BSL / English Interpreters. Our interpreters are required to meet certain standards in both English and British Sign Language, in addition to having undertaken (or be in the process of undertaking) interpreting qualifications. All our interpreters ensure they are up-to-date with the latest communication techniques by regular refresher courses.
The services of our sign language interpreters, skilled in both BSL and English, offers our clients the opportunity for hearing and Deaf people to interact more easily, as well as making their services more accessible to the Deaf community, thus avoiding any difficulties arising from the communication barrier that can exist between English speakers and BSL users.
In cases where the role of an interpreter is critical to a Deaf person’s access to justice, counsel can be greatly assisted by the use of ‘expert interpreters’ whose services are specifically booked on the understanding that they form part of the prosecution or defence team. Such interpreters then work with counsel and can offer specific advice on issues relating to their Deaf client. They can assist in numerous ways, i.e. determining the best way of taking instructions, identifying cultural nuances, and comment on other interpreter's interpretations and monitoring the court interpretation for accuracy.
Prestige Network has access to qualified sign language interpreters who provide a friendly and helpful service and take pride in their work. Apart from BSL / English Interpreting, we provide a range of services from language interpreting and translation to web publishing in over 300 languages including Polish, Swahili, Kurdish and Persian. We provide professional interpretation and translations services, not only in a face-to-face capacity, but also via email and telephone.
Prestige Network can provide a BSL/English Interpreter in almost every town in the UK. A partial list of the towns and cities we cover is given below:
Bath - New Quay - Cawdor - Auldearn - Ayrshire - Irvine - Kilmarnock - Troon - Kilwinning - Saltcoats - Ayr - Largs - Cumnock - Portsmouth - Cwmbran - Staffordshire - Stoke-on-Trent - Cannock Walsall - Wolverhampton - Lancaster - Barrow-in-Furness - Liverpool - Preston - Warrington - Leicestershire - Hinckley - Hertford - Milnathort - Kinross - Dereham - Midlothian/Edinburghshire - Kent- Margate - Newcastle-upon-Tyne - Dover - Bromley - Folkestone - Greenwich - Thames Valley - Maidstone - Yeovil -Campbeltown - Tobermory - ENGLAND - Essex - Coldstream - Buteshire - Millport - Wisbech - Cambridge - Baltasound - Stroud - Corby - Castletown - Gretna - Dumfries -Alnwick - Ambleside - Bridgwater - Yorkshire - Wells - Talgarth - Llanwrtwd - Wells - Merioneth/Meirionnydd - Linton - Chatteris - Cornwall - Newport - Blackwood - Monmouth - Cardigan - Kircudbright - Renfrewshire - Paisley - Burntisland - Dunfermline - Kirkcaldy - Cupar - Glenrothes - St. Andrews - Cowdenbeath - Ross-shire - Broxburn - Linlithgow - Bathgate - Livingston - Whitburn - Armadale - Bo'ness - Tregaron - Thames Valley -Montgomeryshire/Sir - Anglesey/Sir - Fon - Amlwch - Llangefni - Holyhead - Beaumaris - Menai Bridge - Pembrokeshire/Sir Benfro - St. Neots - St. Ives - Huntingdon - Ramsey - Conwy - Bognor Regis - Eastbourne - Worthing - Crawley - Horsham - Rotherham - Evesham - Minster - Dorchester - Weymouth - Canterbury - Rochester - Thatcham - Wokingham - Windsor - Winchester - Lancashire - Fochabers - Forres - Chesterfield - Matlock - Ilkeston - Swadlincote - Buxton - Ashbourne - Devon - Hamilton - Oxfordshire - Carterton - Thame - Falkirk - Haverfordwest - Fishguard - Milford - Bicester - Harlech - SCOTLAND - Rothesay - Brodick - Reading - Abingdon - Tavistock - Basingstoke - Hereford - Aberystwyth - Hexham - Cumbernauld - Wigtownshire - Newton - Stewart - Stranraer - Hunstanton - Cardiganshire/Ceredigion - Truro - Watford - St. Albans - Hemel Hempstead - Hatfield - Stockton-on-Tees - Melton - Rotherham - Worcestershire - Kidderminster - Dudley - Peterborough - Derby - Marlborough - Chippenham - Trowbridge - Swindon - Warminster - Surrey - Berwick-upon-Tweed - Kincardineshire - Laurencekirk - Banchory - Stonehaven - Inverbervie - Market Drayton - Somerset - Durham - Hartlepool - Washington - Tongue - Orkney - Sromness - Kirkwall -Potters Bar - Norfolk - Scunthorpe - Lincoln - Newtonmore - Skegness - Louth - Grantham - Grimsby - Boston - Sherborne - Hull - Maidenhead -Newbury - Cheshire - Stockport - Birkenhead - Wallasey - Chester - Morpeth - Perthshire - Kincardine - Blairgowrie - Lerwick - Scalloway - Argyllshire - Dunoon - Lochgilphead - Inveraray - Coalville - Leicester - Machynlleth - Newtown - Northampton - Uppingham - Oakham - Shropshire - Ludlow - Shrewsbury - Bridgnorth - Whitchurch - Telford - Oswestry - Bridge of Allan - Alva - Sutherland - Renfrew - Greenock - Johnstone - Poole - Montgomery - West Ham - St. Austell - Gloucestershire - Innerleithen - Peebles - Nairn - Ferness Middlesex - Staines - Ealing - Westminster - Doncaster - Linton - Shaftesbury - Golspie - Cirencester - UK - Bristol - Kilsyth - Stirling - Denny - Peeblesshire - Lampeter - Port Barrhead - Kilmalcolm - Lanarkshire - Coatbridge - East Carmarthenshire/Sir Llanidloes - Kilbride - Connah's Quay - Prestatyn - Dumbarton - Clydebank - Motherwell - Glasgow - Lanark - Carluke - Berwickshire - Greenlaw - Eyemouth - Lauder Duns - Selkirk - Galashiels - Huntingdonshire - Yaxley - Bolton - Wandsworth - Croydon - Wimbledon - Guildford - Woking - Cromer - King's Lynn - Great Yarmouth - Norwich - Rutland - Penzance - March - Cottesmore - Whittlesey - Roxburghshire - Melrose - Roxburgh - Kelso - Jedburgh - Hawick - Brechin - Kirriemuir -Kinross-shire - Dumfriesshire - Falmouth - Ely - Cumberland - Whitehaven - Penrith - Tenby - Sign Language Interpreter - Devizes - Cambridgeshire - Edinburgh - York - Barnsley - Hornsea - Sanquhar - Annan - Lockerbie - Moffat - Langholm - Rugby - City of London - Enfield - Dunbartonshire/Dumbartonshire - Wakefield - Slough - Aylesbury - Thames Valley - High - Weston-super-Mare - Newport - Southampton - Redruth - Coupar - Angus - Clackmannan - Macduff - Dufftown - Selkirkshire - Clovenfords - Kettering - Wellingborough - Newquay - Bodmin - Invergorden - Monmouthshire/Sir Fynwy - Exeter - Paignton - Barnstaple - Clackmannanshire - Birmingham - Harrow - Beverley - Middlesbrough - Bradford - Scarborough - Oxford - Kirkintilloch - Bournemouth - Herefordshire - East Lothian/Haddingtonshire - Brampton -Carlisle - Keswick - Workington - Bridlington - Northallerton - Filey - Wakefield - Leeds - Sheffield - Harrogate - East Linton - Fife - Musselburgh - Kington - Porthmadog - Sussex - Brecknockshire/Sir Frycheiniog - Hay-on-Wye - Brecon - Builth - Barmouth - Blaenau - Ffestiniog - Dolgellau - Bala - Tywyn - Driffield - Hull - Milton Keynes - Buckingham - Cromarty - Llandudno - Pwllheli - Dalkeith - WALES - Glasgow - Denbighshire/Sir Ddinbych -Wrexham - Denbigh - Ruthin - Abergele - Llangollen - Flintshire/Sir Fflint -Camborne - Rothes - Nairnshire - Thames Valley - Tain - Alness - Angus/Forfarshire - Arbroath - Brixton - Chichester - Hastings - Brighton -Sutton - Kingston-on-Thames - Stafford - Lichfield - Kendal - Kirkby - Lonsdale - Lochranza - Cromartyshire - West Mowbray - Loughborough - Westmorland - Windermere - Appleby - Macclesfield - Crewe - Runcorn - Derbyshire - Cheltenham - Tewkesbury - Hampshire - Cardiff - Barry - Caerphilly - Bridgend - Merthyr - Tydfil - Pontypridd - Caernarfonshire/Sir - Durham -Gateshead - Shetland - Whitby - Taunton - Balfour - Solihull - Coventry - Warwick - Lutterworth - Wiltshire - Worksop - Newark - Nottingham - Retford - Mansfield - Southwell - Stratford-upon-Avon - Lowestoft - Ipswich - Bungay - Berkshire - Worcester - Suffolk - Bury - St. Edmunds - Felixstowe - Haverhill - Sudbury - Lincolnshire - Dundee - Montrose - Forfar - Buckley - Flint - Rhyl - Mold - St. Asaph - Dingwall - Stornaway - Ullapool - Salisbury - Dornoch - Gaernarfon - Aberdeen - Ellon - Inverness-shire - Fort William - Portree - Inverness - Kingussie - West Lothian/Linlithgowshire - Hertfordshire - Stevenage - Fraserburgh - Haven - Pembroke - St. David's - Glamorgan/Morgannwg - Neath - Swansea - Wycombe - Warwickshire - Dalbeattie - New Galloway - Castle Douglas - Bromyard - Ross-on-Wye - Ledbury - Leominster - Bedfordshire - Biggleswade - Luton - Dunstable - Bedford - Leighton - Buzzard - Sandy - Northamptonshire - Stamford - Halifax - Tiverton - Holywell - Doncaster -Plymouth - Buckinghamshire - Penicuik - Bonnyrigg - Newton Abbot - Romford - Thames Valley - Chelmsford - Colchester - Harlow - Basildon - Southend - Brentwood - Gaerfyrddin - St. Clears - Nottinghamshire - Carmarthen - Ammanford - Llandovery - Llanelli - Kidwelly - Radnorshire/Sir Faesyfed - Knighton - Wells - New Radnor - Llandrindod - Welshpool - Nuneaton - Rattray - Pitlochry - Callander - Perth - Crieff - Bracknell - Oban - Gloucester - Darlington - Sunderland - Helmsdale - Lairg - Durness - Brora - Wells - Kirkcudbrightshire - Alloa - Tullibody - Glastonbury - Northumberland - Halesowen - Malvern - Stourbridge - Stirlingshire - Grangemouth - Caernarfon - Thames Valley - Bangor - Inverurie - Presteigne - Rhayader - Liverpool - Wigtown - Whithorn - Aberdeenshire - Turriff - Manchester - Dunbar - North Berwick - Tranent - Morayshire - Elgin - Lossiemouth - Caithness - Halkirk - Wick - Thurso - Alexandria - Helensburgh - Carnoustie - Drefaldwyn - Huntley - Peterhead - Chepstow - Abergavenny - Tredegar -Banbury - Witney - Henley-on-Thames - Tillicoultry - Banffshire - Keith - Banff - Portsoy - Buckie - Torquay - Thames Valley - Haddington - Dorset - Wimborne