Online Directory - Communication Support

Action Deafness - Communications Interpreting

Loughborough University, Science & Enterprise Park, 5 Oakwood Drive, Loughborough LE11 3QF

What we do

Communication professionals (interpreters, notetakers, lipspeakers, translators, STT reporters).

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Tel: 0116 253 3212 / Mobile: 07947 714 040


BSL Link for Communication Ltd

PO Box 438, Burgess Hill, West Sussex RH15 5ER

What we do

BSL Link for Communication is an interpreting agency providing professional NRCPD registered Sign Language Interpreters and other Language Service Professionals (LSPs) in Sussex and the South East. Our LSPs include: Deafblind Interpreters, Relay Interpreters, Electronic Notetakers, Speech to Text Reporters, Manual Notetakers and Lipspeakers. All are registered with the appropriate governing body and are experienced in working with Deaf and hearing people in a variety of settings.

BSL Link for Communication is a Deaf led business established by Stewart Bailey, a profoundly Deaf, British Sign Language (BSL) user. From personal and professional experience, Stewart understands the importance for Deaf and hearing people, to have qualified Sign Language interpreters to ensure all interactions provide communication access between BSL and English.

As BSL Link for Communication Training we offer a range of accredited training courses throughout the year. We provide courses for all levels of sign language users – from Introduction to BSL, to Interpreter Qualification Courses.

Please visit our website: for further information.

Mr Stewart Bailey


What we do

British Sign Language (BSL) / English interpreters with expertise from over twenty years of professional work in Brighton and Hove, also the wider Sussex area. Offering interpreting services both face-to-face and online/remote, consultancy, sign-posting and best-practice guidance. We work across all settings, with children and adults, and people who use sign languages other than BSL.

Helen Foulkes Translations

North Wales LL60 6EB

What we do

Helen Foulkes BA Hons RSLT MASLI PGCE L3 Deafblind Guidance and Communication L3 Counselling Skills. Do you need a translation from written English into BSL? Helen is profoundly Deaf and has worked with, and for, Deaf and Deafblind people for over 25 years at a local, regional, national and international level. Helen has delivered translation assignments for a variety of clients including in-vision work, website translations, platform interpreting at conferences, and document translations.

Helen Foulkes

SMS: 07769 204 548


Sussex Interpreters Direct

What we do

Sussex Interpreters Direct (SID) is a group of qualified, freelance British Sign Language (BSL)/English interpreters based around the Brighton and Hove and Sussex area. They are registered with the NRCPD (National Registers of Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Deafblind people). They offer BSL interpreting in a wide range of settings and venues between deaf and hearing people including: Medical, Education, Legal and police, Employment, Training, Mental health, Social services, Housing, Theatre and the arts and Conferences. Please note: We are all freelancers, so there is no main person, by filling out the contact form on the SID website, the details are emailed to everyone and then everyone has the chance to respond. Individual contact details can be found on the tab 'Meet SID' if there is someone in particular that needs to be contacted.

Sussex Lipspeakers

What we do

A Lipspeaker is a hearing person who has been professionally trained to be easy to lip-read. We will accurately repeat the spoken message with or without our voice. You can ask for us to use our own voice while Lipspeaking. We will reproduce the rhythm, tone and flow used by the speaker, supporting their meaning with gesture and facial expression. If you use some sign language, this can be used alongside Lipspeaking if you feel this would benefit you. Please visit our website.

Sussex Lipspeakers

Tel: 07977 759 599 / SMS: 07711 543 132


Sussex Sign Language Translators and Interpreters (Membership Body)

What we do

The Sussex Sign Language Translators and Interpreters group is a membership body for translators, interpreters and lipspeakers registered with the National Registers of Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Deafblind People (NRCPD) living and working in Brighton and Hove, East and West Sussex. The group was established in the late 1990's as a professional support group; it has grown in number year-on-year. An important part of the group's work has been to maintain and raise standards, spreading awareness of the importance of using suitably trained and registered translators and interpreters; this supports the position of the Association of Sign Language Interpreters (ASLI), the professional body for interpreters in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Tessa Padden Associates

5 Roundstone Close, Haydon Grange, Little Benton, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE7 7GH

What we do

Tessa Padden MA, RSLI, RSLT, is registered Deaf translator and interpreter; TV presenter for over 30 years (ITV, Channel 4, BBC). Has own studio, delivering to the highest standard in any format. Works for government, legal, mental health, other domains using BSL (South-East regional) and her mother tongue, Irish Sign Language. Delivered BSL teachers & interpreters training, linguistics and management in many UK & world. She is fluent in International Sign with Deaf refugees and immigrants.

Tessa Padden

SMS: 07876 477 401