Welcome to the July issue of The Monthly View.

This month sees the celebration of Hailie Selassie’s birthday, an important date in Rastafarianism, and the Buddhist festival of Asalha Puja. We look at World Hepatitis Day 2019, part of the fight to eliminate the disease.

Did you know that The Language Shop has training opportunities available to our customers? Read about these below. We offer you a best practice guide to the most recent addition to our service menu: video interpreting. We are also proud to announce our sponsorship of English classes for BAME women in our borough.

If you would like to share news on upcoming religious or cultural celebrations or health campaigns with us, please get in touch with Amy Soutter at amy.soutter@newham.gov.uk or 020 3373 8771. We also welcome any feedback on this newsletter. 
Get best value from your booking: how to book and use Video Remote Interpreting
The Language Shop Video Remote Interpreting is transformative technology, providing you with cost effective interpreting while maintaining our outstanding quality standards. It can replace face to face interpreting in some circumstances, however it is not appropriate for all bookings. As always, it is important that customers are aware of best practice:

• Firstly, please ensure that video interpreting is suited to the appointment. We recommend that it is used only for short, straightforward appointments

• Ensure that your service user has no visual impairments

• Check that there is internet connectivity, and that webcams, microphones and speakers are enabled

• Check that all participants can see and hear each other before beginning the appointment

• Speak loudly and clearly throughout the appointment

• Check at the end of the appointment that the service user is happy to continue using TLS video interpreting.
If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Amy Soutter on 020 3373 8771 or amy.soutter@newham.gov.uk
16 July: Asalha Puja/Dharma Day
Asalha Puja – sometimes called Dharma Day – is one of the most important Theravada Buddhist festivals and is celebrated all over the world. It falls on the full moon of the eighth lunar month, usually July, and celebrates the birth of the religion, marking the moment when Buddha gave his first sermon. This is often described as the first turning of the wheel of Dharma.

For Buddhists (as well as Hindus and Jains) the wheel of Dharma is an important religious symbol. It represents the endless cycle of rebirth that Buddhists believe can only be escaped by following Buddha’s teachings. The motion of a spinning wheel also symbolises the rapid spiritual change that followers say they achieve. Finally, each part of the wheel represents a key part of Buddhists’ faith: the hub is moral discipline, the spokes are wisdom and the rim is training and concentration.

In his first sermon, Buddha handed down teachings and established the first order of Buddhist monks.

Asalha Puja now marks the beginning of a three-month period of meditation for monks, as well as the rainy season. It is known as the Rainy Season Retreat, or Vassa. Other Buddhists mark the festival by visiting temples, donating offerings and listening to sermons. Some abstain from meat, alcohol and smoking over this period, which means that it is sometimes referred to as Buddhist Lent.
Interested in learning more? Find out about Asalha Puja here.

Asalha Puja is celebrated in Cambodia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Laos, Myanmar and in countries with Theravada Buddhist populations.

Don’t forget: The Language Shop offers support in all the languages of these countries. Please speak to your account manager for more details.
Beginners ESOL classes
At The Language Shop we are very proud of our values of community cohesion and social responsibility, and are therefore delighted to announce that we will be sponsoring a beginners ESOL class.

The class, which is running in partnership with the Newham Community Renewal Centre, will run for 36 weeks from September. The course will teach 14 BAME women aged over 18, and aims to improve literacy, independence and self-confidence. It will teach reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.

We are very excited for the course to start and hope it will be the beginning of a long partnership with the Renewal Programme. Find out more about the programme here https://www.renewalprogramme.org.uk
Training opportunities for you
As a valued customer of The Language Shop, did you know that there are various training opportunities available to you? We hold a wealth of expertise that can help you to get the most from your work with us and your service users.

Courses available include:

Working with Interpreters: This offers mental health or social care professionals an understanding of best practice when working with interpreters and how to get the most out of these appointments.

Makaton: This offers staff a basic understanding of Makaton, a sign language used by those with a learning disability or complex communication needs. This basic training allows staff to communicate with these service users and enables services to become ‘Learning Disability Friendly’.

CIL3: This is a community interpreting qualification held by all our interpreters, teaching best practice and training bilingual attendees to work as interpreters in their community. Language assessments take place beforehand and throughout the course. If you are bilingual and interested in becoming an interpreter, this may be the course for you.
If you are interested in any of the above courses, please get in touch with Amy Soutter by emailing amy.soutter@newham.gov.uk
23 July: Birthday of Haile Selassie
Rastafarians celebrate the birth of Haile Selassie every year on 23 July.

In the 1930s, when the transatlantic slave trade had long since been outlawed but stark racial inequalities persisted in the US, a black nationalist leader named Marcus Garvey preached the coming of a black messiah, saying “Look to Africa where a black king shall be crowned, he shall be your Redeemer”.

When the news reached Jamaica that Haile Selassie had been crowned Emperor of Ethiopia in 1930, many believed that he was this messiah. Others saw him not as divine but as a human prophet. A number of Jamaican Christian preachers started to spread the message around Kingston that Selassie was a new prophet, promoting allegiance to him over the British King George. These were the early days of Rastafarianism, also known as Rastafari.

Part religion, part social movement, Rastafarianism was at its height in Jamaica in the 1950s and 1960s, though its followers constantly found themselves in conflict with the island’s colonial authorities. Selassie visited Jamaica in 1966, marking a high point for Rastafarianism, which spread throughout the world during the following decade.

Selassie was killed in a coup d’état in 1975 and the popularity of Rastafarianism began to decline. However, the religion continues, with an estimated 1 million believers worldwide in 2012.

Believers celebrate Selassie’s birthday every year with lively festivities, including nyabingi (the traditional music of Rastafarianism) drumming sessions. Some Rastas have used Selassie’s birthday as inspiration to start up new Rastafarian churches in African countries, including Zambia, Mozambique and Burundi.
Did you know?

There are an estimated 1500-2000 languages spoken across the African continent. Do you need language support in any of these? Please get in touch with your account manager.
Learn more about the history of Rastafarianism here.

Are you a Rastafarian? We would love to hear how you have celebrated the birthday of Haile Selassie.

Get in touch by emailing amy.soutter@newham.gov.uk
Rare language fact file: Miriwoong
In the UN Year of Indigenous Languages, we continue our look at the minority languages that are threatened by an increasingly globalised world and the growth of ‘super’ languages such as English and Spanish.

The third rare language profile in our series looks at Miriwoong.


Native to: Kununurra, Western Australia

Number of native speakers: approx. 20

Spoken by: The Miriwoong people

Learn some Miriwoong: ask how someone is by saying “garni woora-ngoong?"

Interesting facts: 

•   In common with many Australian aboriginal languages, Miriwoong’s spoken language is accompanied by a physically signed language

•    As part of the fight back against Miriwoong dying out, the community has launched The Miriwoong Language Nest. This immerses young children in the Miriwoong language in settings such as playgroups, libraries and childcare services. Read more about this here
 
•     You can hear Miriwoong (with English) being spoken on this dedicated radio station.
The Language Shop provides support in any language you may need, including many of the rarer ones.

Please speak to your account manager about your requirements.
28 July: World Hepatitis Day
Viral hepatitis kills 4,000 people every day. This is more than HIV/AIDS or malaria, even though effective medical treatment for the disease exists. An estimated 290 million people worldwide are unaware that they have the disease.

World Hepatitis Day, endorsed by the World Health Organisation, aims to raise awareness of the disease, so that those with it can get earlier diagnosis and improve their health outcomes.

Viral hepatitis causes liver inflammation and damage. It takes various forms, which are classified using letters A-E and X.

Hepatitis A and E are typically contracted by eating or drinking food or water that has been contaminated by an infected person’s stool. The effects of these types of the disease are usually acute, i.e. short term.

Hepatitis B, C and D are spread through contact with an infected person’s body fluids. They can be acute or chronic, i.e. long lasting, and can lead to cirrhosis, liver failure and liver cancer (two in every three deaths from liver cancer are attributed to hepatitis). However, if infected people are diagnosed early, it can help them to avoid these complications.

Hepatitis X is sometimes given as a diagnosis when doctors cannot identify which type a person has.

Since 2016, a global elimination strategy has been adopted, with the aim of eradicating hepatitis by 2030.
Want to find out more, download free resources for World Hepatitis Day or take the quiz to find out if you are at risk?

Visit the World Hepatitis Day 2019 site here.
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