Accessible formats and different languages
This page contains information, support and advice about coronavirus in accessible formats and alternative languages. It includes:
The Government has provided important information and advice in Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Nepali, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi and Urdu:
- Reducing transmission, and what you can do to help
- Self isolating, for households with a possible coronavirus infection
- Shielding and protecting vulnerable people
- Mental health and wellbeing
Doctors of the World have also provided:
- Coronavirus information in 60 languages, including Somali
- Ways to improve your mental health and wellbeing, in 27 languages
The Brent Chinese Association has provided:
If you are visiting the UK from outside the European Economic Area (EEA), the NHS website has advice on coronavirus testing and treatment
You can find out more about the importance of everyone getting tested in the following series of videos produced by community leaders in Alperton:
NHS Covid Vaccination Programme
NHS doctors, nurses and other frontline staff have come forward to help reassure communities that COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and have been independently tested to the highest standards.
Clinicians have recorded messages in some of the most commonly spoken languages – apart from English – in the capital to help ensure messages about the importance of getting a COVID-19 vaccine reach all Londoners.
Languages include: Arabic, Bengali, Gujarati, Polish, Punjabi, Romanian, Spanish, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu, Yoruba.
Brent Council has produced an easy to read advice leaflet. It explains what you need to do to stop the spread of coronavirus, and how the council can help you:
- Households with possible coronavirus infection
- Keeping away from other people
- Looking after your feelings and body
- Staying at home if you are ill
Other easy read resources:
- Photo symbol posters
- Beating OR understanding Coronavirus – a short wordless story
- Children's guide to coronavirus
- Coronavirus Essential Advice
- Coronavirus Face Touching
- Coronavirus Home Isolation Advice
- Coronavirus How To Use The NHS
To request coronavirus information in Braille, please call the RNIB on 0303 123999.
The RBIB has also increased its support for blind and partially sighted people during the coronavirus pandemic:
You can also contact the RNIB Helpline on 0303 123 9999 (Monday to Friday, 8am-8pm, and Saturdays, 9am-1pm) or email email@example.com
Sight Advice have also produced a coronavirus FAQ for blind and partially sighted people:
DeafBlindUK's helpline and wellbeing services offer practical help about how to look after yourself and stay safe, as well as emotional support if you find yourself more isolated than usual:
- Ring 0800 132320 (Monday-Friday 9am - 5pm), text 07950 008870, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the DeafBlindUK website
Mencap have produced helpful information, advice and resources for people with a learning disability and families:
This website also uses a tool called ‘Browsealoud', a piece of software which helps people who:
- can't see very well
- are blind
- can't hear very well
- find a keyboard or mouse hard to use
- find words difficult
- speak a different language
You don't have to download or install anything - just click on the orange ‘Speak’ button at the top of the page, next to the Brent logo, or visit Translate this page for more information.
It includes text to speech functionality, dyslexia software and a translation tool with over 100 languages. You can also use it to change colour schemes, font sizes and style.