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About me: Voluntary work and other unpaid activities.

February 25, 2018

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I have joined Translators Without Borders as one of their Social Media Promoters. This is a very minimal role at the moment. In the future I hope to become one of their actual translators, I need a few more years' experience in this role first. 


I joined the Caen-Portsmouth Friendship Committee in April 2016.


In May 2017 I was made chair of the Caen-Portsmouth Friendship Committee.

This committee is what remains of the original twinning committee for the city of Caen, originally started by Portsmouth City Council. Due to austerity measures, there is no longer any funding for twinning coming directly from them, although the council does support the committee well and has members elected to the committee to represent it. Indeed the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth is the official 'President' of the committee. 


In March 2018, we hope to add supporters of Duisburg-Portsmouth twinning in the city to our committee to form the Caen-Portsmouth-Duisburg Friendship Committee, which will seek to promote and support twinning links between the city of Portsmouth and its two European twin cities.


I have therefore been doing much voluntary work with Portsmouth City Council to help promote our links with both Caen and Duisburg. I have set up websites for both the city links. These websites can be accessed from this website's home page and through these easy to remember links for Caen and Duisburg (below)


Links for Caen Twinning


tinyurl.com/portcaen - Caen Twinning Hompepage

tinyurl.com/caenport - Caen Twinnin News Blog

tinyurl.com/portcaenfb - Caen Twinning Facebook Page

e-mail address: portsmouth-caen.twinning@virginmedia.com

@PortsmouthCaen - Caen Twinning Twitter Feed


Links for Duisburg Twinning 


tinyurl.com/duisport - Duisburg Twinning Homepage

tinyurl.com/portduis - Duisburg Twinning News Blog

tinyurl.com/duisportfb - Duisburg Twinning Facebook Group

e-mail address: duisburgportsmouth.twinning@btinternet.com


Links for other language related volunteering


In order to keep my languages fresh and current, I joined some social groups in Portsmouth for speakers of French, German and Italian. Over time, these group meetings became less frequent due to the original founders leaving the city (one went to Ireland, another to France) or just stopping the organising due to other commitments along with the major hike in monthly fees by the original website, which became even more expensive due to the suddenly weakened British Pound.


I took the groups from where they were origanally being organised and moved them to Facebook, which does all the original website did, but makes no charge. 


As a result I now organise social events in Portsmouth for people who speak French, German and Italian to meet-up and chat in those languages at various venues around the city. I also send out a monthly e-mail to people who don't 'do' Facebook informing them of the forthcoming events. 


French Speakers in Portsmouth


e-mail: frenchportsmouth@gmail.com


German Speakers in Portsmouth


e-mail: germanportsmouth@gmail.com


Italian Speakers in Portsmouth


e-mail: italianspeakersportsmouth@gmail.com


I am the Instute of Translators and Interpreters Regional Group Co-ordinator for their newly established (2017) South Central Translators and Interpreters Network


e-mail: southcentralxl8@gmail.com

Twitter @SouthCentralxl8



I am members of these two groups, which thankfully have their own organisers


Spanish Speakers in Portsmouth



Russian Speakers in Portsmouth



In 2017, I joined Shaping Portsmouth's Portsmouth Ambassadors group and have helped out whenever I could. One of the highlights of helping out was being able to combine my membership of theis group with Caen twinning at Portsmouth's Victorious Festival in August 2017. I promoted the Portsmouth Ambassadors scheme at this event. I was also able to see one of the three bands from Caen playing at the festival and managed to at least make contact with the other two bands.


In September 2017 I joined the Shaping Portsmouth Portsmouth Ambassadors' Steering