Offering an interpreting service allows you to treat each individual equally by giving him/her the right to speak in his/her language of choice, thus leading to a greater understanding between all.

When organising a meeting it is important to ensure that everyone present may freely use their language of choice. This means ensuring that those who cannot understand Welsh are able to follow what is said by Welsh speakers.

The success of a bilingual meeting depends largely on the skill of the interpreter. Please bear in mind that interpreting is a specialist skill and that you should employ a professional interpreter with an excellent grasp of both English and Welsh.

When arranging a meeting:

  • - Secure the services of a competent interpreter in good time
  • - If a face to face meeting, hire appropriate interpreting systems - your interpreter will be able to advise you
  • - Agree terms with the interpreter before the meeting
  • - Give full details of practical arrangements
  • - Send the relevant papers to the interpreter beforehand as soon as possible
  • - Ensure that users receive guidance on how to use the interpreting service.

An interpreter will also be able to advise you on other issues key to the success of a meeting e.g. arrangements that need to be made beforehand and the instructions to be given by the chairman.

Finding an interpreter

Use the search engine to find a competent interpreter in your area.

Becoming an Interpreting Member

Information on the association's next Interpreting Test is available on our How to Join section.

Cymdeithas Cyfieithwyr Cymru is part funded by the Welsh Government.