British Sign Language (BSL) Volunteer

Sirona care & health

Name: British Sign Language (BSL) Volunteer
Organisation: Sirona care & health
Type: Part Time
Some availability between office hours would be useful, but not essential. This is a flexible role which will vary according to demand and the capacity of the volunteer.


- Translating service user literature/materials (videos, leaflets, website content, social media content etc) into British Sign Language across Sirona care & health services, including those for adults and children.
- Supporting and advising the Communications team on best practice for communicating with D/deaf communities.

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Organisation Description

Sirona care & health is a not-for-profit social enterprise providing high quality specialist health and social care services.

We are funded by the NHS and local authorities; NHS care is free at the point of delivery. We are committed to serving our communities as a Community Interest Company and our activities provide benefit to all members of the communities we serve.

Our aim is to be there when you or your family or carer need us most and help you stay as independent as possible.

Our services reflect our values and make a real social impact.

We look after adults and children at home and at school. Our thousands of staff work across Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset, and Bath and North East Somerset.

Our volunteering service is run by Voluntary Action North Somerset (VANS) on behalf of Sirona care & health.


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Cause / Interests

  • Children
  • Disability
  • Health and Hospital and Hospices

Types of Activity

  • Advice, Information and Support
  • Languages

Skills and Qualifications


Broad Minded / Accepting of Others
Good Listener
Dependable / Reliable
Empathetic / Understanding
Friendly / Approachable
Responsible / Trustworthy
Good Team Member

Marketing / Publicity
Public speaking / presenting to groups

An awareness of the role of communications and marketing is useful but not essential.
The volunteer would need to be comfortable with being filmed.

Communication Skills:
Non-Verbal - British Sign Language (BSL)
The ability to translate spoken English into BSL
Digital Social Media / Websites

An awareness of the role of these channels and a potential understanding of the barriers D/deaf users may face.

Ability to operate video equipment/smartphone camera would be useful but training can be given if not.


Experience of translating written and video/audio communications into British Sign Language to support and inform the D/deaf communities of Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, with a view to improving health outcomes and supporting self-care.

Experience of advising a busy communications team on accessibility best practice.

An understanding of the role of communications and marketing – including digital media – in healthcare/the NHS

An understanding of community healthcare.

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: 18
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: Yes
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Expenses: Sirona will reimburse expenses, includes travel costs and any other reasonable expenses agreed by the team/service.
Restrictions: NA
Induction: Standard
Insurance Cover: NA
Special Needs: NA
Offer: NA
Training: Use of video equipment if necessary.
Other: NA

Recruitment Method

Application form, DBS Check, Informal discussion, References