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Covid-19 and flu advice available in community languages

By 13th November 2020 November 19th, 2020 No Comments

Browsealoud assistive software is available on this page and will provide written and spoken translations in multiple languages to make it accessible for all (click the orange button in the top right-hand corner).

As England has gone into a second lockdown, a wealth of online resources have been created in different languages about Covid-19, lockdown and flu vaccinations.

These were made to address the need for information for non-English-speaking people in the community who do not have access to reliable information about the outbreak in their own languages.

Our Health Links Team who provide an interpreting, language support and advocacy service across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, has produced flu advice videos in Somali, Bengali (Sylheti), Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, Mandarin and Cantonese.

You can view their videos below, just use the skip ahead button to find your language. For the English translation please download this document.

The Community Access Support Service (CASS) has also been working closely with Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (BNSSG CCG) and local volunteers to produce a number of resources.

The booklets and videos give general information on Protecting Yourself and Others, and Looking After Your Mental Health.

The languages included are English, Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Farsi, Mandarin, Pashto, Punjabi, Somali, Sorani, Turkish and Urdu, with the booklets also including Albanian and Tigrinya.

You can view the videos below, again just use the skip ahead button, and view and download electronic copies of the booklets here.

If you would like to request hard copies of the booklets for those who would not be able to access them online please complete this form.

Multilingual flu animation

Healthier Together have produced a series of short animations explaining the benefits of the flu vaccination in a range of community languages.

Local volunteers have been able to record the animation in 12 languages: Farsi; Kurdish ; Arabic; Bengali; Urdu; Somali; Punjabi; Turkish; Pashto; Mandarin; French and Vietnamese.

You can view the videos on the Healthier Together website here and also on their YouTube channel here.

Public Health England have also produced a number of posters on face coverings and social distancing in community languages, which can be downloaded here, and resources in British Sign Language and Easy Read, which can be downloaded here.

For the latest updates and our service changes during lockdown please visit our coronavirus resources and information page.