BSL Interpreting Service

NESS provides a British Sign Language to English Language interpreter booking service, to enable Deaf British Sign Language users and hearing English speakers to communicate with each other.

Over 5,000 Deaf people in Scotland use British Sign Language (BSL) as a first or preferred language. BSL is a recognised British language, and a recognised language of Scotland. BSL has its own grammar, structure and regional dialects (some signs will differ). BSL is a visual, 3 dimensional language, using gesture, movement, facial expression and body language.

Len and interpreterThe BSL interpreting service can be booked by anyone including:

  • Service providers
  • Education Authorities
  • Public Bodies
  • Individuals

The BSL interpreting service is delivered by professional interpreters who provide a confidential service and work to strict codes of practice. All interpreters booked through NESS are registered with the Scottish Association of Sign Language Interpreters (SASLI) or the UK body NRCPD (National Registers of Communication Profesionals working with Deaf and Deafblind People).

For more information or to book an interpreter please email:

Professional charges are payable by the customer making the booking.

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