National Union of British Sign Language Interpreters

Buddy up

man on phone textingBuddies are experienced colleagues volunteering their time, providing someone to ask all ‘those’ questions, when they need to be asked. Buddying is simply a way of bringing people together to share their interpreting expertise and develop a self-sustaining network of support, intended to complement formal mentoring and supervision.

As a NUBSLI member, you can ask for the support of a buddy or if you’re a more experienced interpreter you can offer your expertise to help more inexperienced interpreters.

If you have a question or a concern that hasn’t been addressed here, or want to get involved, please get in touch by emailing us at

Be a buddy, because we’re stronger together!


How much does the buddy scheme cost?


How much experience do I need?


Does buddying count towards CPD?


Can I use the buddy scheme to shadow other interpreters?

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