Diocesan press releases

Translation services enhanced, thanks to support from Rhyl Churches

Translation services to support the migrant community in Rhyl have received a boost, following a donation from Rhyl Parish Church.

The money will be used to pay the expenses of the Community Outreach Migrant Worker at the Benefit Advice Shop on Bedford Street in Rhyl.  She acts as a translator to help benefit applicants to complete forms correctly.

Nick Scott, the senior supervisor at Benefits Advice Shop, said: “We are delighted to receive this money from Rhyl Parish Church which will enable us to improve the translation services provided here.

“Our translator speaks four languages and regularly travels across North Wales to support people who struggle to access the benefits to which they are entitled.

“From time to time we accompany people to their tribunal cases and act as a translator in official proceedings.

“Knowing that we can now properly reimburse the expenses of our translator means we can provide an even better service.”

Rhyl Benefits Advice Shop helps up to 4,500 people every year to access the benefits system, gaining approximately £2,350,000 annually for its clients.  It employs eight members of staff and four volunteers.  Last year the Benefits Advice Shop won 70 tribunals for its clients, a success rate of 73%.

Nick Scott added: “All our work has a huge financial advantage for the local economy.  The money awarded to our clients filters into local businesses as people have increased spending power, helping to maintain local jobs.”

The Vicar of Rhyl, Andy Grimwood who handed over the donation said: “This is important work which the church is helping to support.  We are very pleased that the money is going to help in such a practical way.”

The Assembly Member for Clwyd South, Ann Jones AM said:  “I am pleased that the parish of Rhyl has agreed to support the invaluable work of the benefits advice shop in assisting the outreach work for those seeking to build a new life in our community.  This is a practical way the Church can play its part in community life.”

Details about the services provided by the Benefits Advice Shop can be found at http://www.bashop.tv