Voices without Words Campaign

Today CISVic, FCRC and South East Community Links launched "Voices without Words", a campaign seeking funds for access to interpreter services for already financially strained community organisations.

Access to interpreters should not be a barrier to service or place a financial burden on community organisations.

Recent changes to funding have put this essential service at risk as federally-funded Emergency Relief and Financial Counselling services are now required to fund access to interpreters themselves.

There have already been cuts to these services, and further requiring community agencies to pay for interpreting services from reduced funds places extreme financial burden on the services, and ultimately the communities they help.

Lend your voice to our call for the Federal Government to provide funds for access to interpreter services in the next budget!

How you can help

 

1. Support our postcard campaign.

Postcards carry the message to Minister Porter to re-instate interpreting service to emergency relief and financial counselling programs. The message is repeated in 3 community languages; Arabic, Karen (Burmese) and Vietnamese. We have also produced an instruction sheets for filling out a postcard in these 3 languages.

Order postcards here

2. Write to the Minister

Write to the Minister for Social Services, The Hon. Christian Porter MP, to restore free interpreting services for emergency relief and financial counselling programs.

Email directly to the Minister for Social Services here.

3. Email your local MP

Use the text below. For a list of your local representative, click here

Dear Local Member,

I am very concerned about the removal of free interpreting services from the Emergency Relief and Financial Counselling Program.

Access to interpreters should not be a barrier to service or place a financial burden on community organisations.

Recent changes to funding have put this essential service at risk as federally-funded Emergency Relief and Financial Counselling services are now required to fund access to interpreters themselves.

There have already been cuts to these services, and further requiring community agencies to pay for interpreting services from reduced funds places extreme financial burden on the services, and ultimately the communities they help.

As a concerned member of the community affected, I am asking you talk to the Minister for Social Services, The Hon. Christian Porter MP to ensure that the Federal Government provide funds for free access to interpreters in the May 2016 Budget.

Yours Sincerely