PEEMPIP continues to give active support to the work of the Association The Smile of the Child, according to the Memorandum of Cooperation signed between the two parties in 2015.
Under the terms of this cooperation, the members of PEEMPIP carry out pro bono the official translation of documents concerning sick children who come from poor families and are in immediate need of hospital care outside Greece, and the insurance coverage of the costs incurred for their care.
The Smile of the Child has also contributed considerably to research into the rendering of translation and interpreting services in connection with Directive No. 2011/24/EU or Regulation No. 883/2004/EC within the framework of the cross-border provision of health services to EU citizens and residents. This research was conducted by Professor Claudia V. Angelelli, Heriot-Watt University, with funding from the Directorate-General for Translation of the European Committee and the participation of PEEMPIP.
In response to the demand that has arisen in Greece due to the influx of refugees and immigrants, PEEMPIP and SolidarityNow, with the support of the Guerrilla Foundation and in cooperation with Society for the Care of Minors (SMA), have held a comprehensive training course in Community Interpreting in Athens and Thessaloniki from 2016 to 2018. The course included training sessions on the basic practices and methods of community interpreting and cultural mediation. All lessons were delivered by specialised scientists and professionals who are active in this specific sector.
The course aimed to give participants the best possible preparation for the rendering of community interpreting and/or cultural mediation services in various settings, e.g. asylum-seeking processes, health care, judicial and other authorities, as well as other settings where there is a need for such services.
The course comprised 96 teaching hours and touched on subjects such as cultural mediation techniques, translation and interpreting techniques, Greek language lessons, interpreting in a health-care setting, interpreting in asylum-seeking processes and court interpreting.
From start to end, the courses were linked with the Employability Programs of the Solidarity Centres of SolidarityNow in Athens and Thessaloniki.
Following successful completion of the training and the relevant exams, the participants were awarded a certificate of successful attendance by PEEMPIP.
Participation in the training was free of charge for all participants.
Read here what Maria Petrocheilou, PEEMPIP member and rapporteur for the programme, had to say about it.