City Bridge Trust ESOL

To empower refugees and asylum seekers in Ealing, Hounslow and Hillingdon to build up community networks of support to ensure their positive transitions.

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Who are we looking for ?

This City Bridge Trust funded project will enable 210 refugees and asylum-seekers in west London to become empowered to find support in the local communities in which they now live.

This will be done through assessing needs of each beneficiary and agreeing a holistic, flexible personalised programme of support with an Action Plan highlighting short-term and long-term goals. We will also provide entry-level English language classes including formal and informal sessions which will focus on helping participants develop greater personal independence and agency (through better access to and understanding of services), a sense of belonging and a sense of personal worth.

Given that the Internet is the primary way to access support, we will also help our beneficiaries to improve their digital and IT skills so they can access online support.

The project will deliver the following activities:

Activity 1

The Positive Transitions Worker will provide one-to-one bespoke support to 70 refugee and asylum-seekers per year to help them identify and overcome their key barriers to accessing community support.

Activity 2

We will deliver 9 ESOL courses annually for 80 refugees and asylum-seekers at Pre-Entry and Entry Levels 1, 2 and 3. These courses also involve discussions about how to access support in the community. Additional weekly online conversation clubs and ‘walk and talk’ sessions will be facilitated by volunteers.

Activity 3

Our tutors will embed digital skills into the delivery of ESOL courses to support the participants’ functional skills (e.g. using online maps to look up directions, comparing prices online, accessing services). This will support autonomous learning and ensure continuity (learners will be supported to access online classes)