Many of our clients have limited or no English when they are first referred. This creates an increased risk of isolation, an increased risk of mental health issues and an increased risk of further harm and exploitation. A number of clients struggle to access ESOL elsewhere in the city as there is no child care provision with the classes. At Snowdrop, we provide childcare through our volunteer system while Hope English provides the teaching. Our weekly classes are well attended and they help to build a sense of community and improved confidence for clients.
Hope English offer a quality learning environment with fully qualified CELTA trained teachers who come from established experience-based backgrounds. We have found an improvement in confidence from the beginning of the term to the end, with students reporting they feel better equipped to communicate in their daily lives.
“Before I cannot speak English. Now I can!”
– Jenny* Snowdrop English student, July 2017