English Lessons

English classes offered to all asylum seekers.

Since autumn 2016 City of Sanctuary has been working closely with the Lancaster and Morecambe College.  There are now classes on three days of the week for four different levels of English. The College also offers Maths and IT classes and some asylum seekers/refugees also attend specific courses to prepare them for work or access to university. We are extremely grateful to the enthusiasm and hard work the LMC teachers are offering our community.

We still have English classes on a Friday at the Gregson with volunteer teachers organised by City of Sanctuary.   We run three different levels and offer refreshments and stationery to newcomers. The Gregson is always a welcoming venue with friendly and supportive staff and we are financially supported by Global Link.

We had a successful summer programme and over six weeks offered English classes run by our dedicated CoS volunteers. This was much appreciated as the Lancaster and Morecambe College had a ten week vacation and our asylum seekers/refugees community wanted to continue studying and have opportunities to meet. Diane even arranged an exciting trip to the local libray. Over summer three of our refugees got accepted by universities and are starting or continuing their academic careers there.

As we have had many new arrivals lately we’re looking for more ESOL/TEFL trained teachers to assist and also for volunteers to help looking after toddlers while their Mums attend the College classes. We’re also offering one-to-one support for Mums who find it hard to get to classes or learners with special needs. We welcome financial support to fund stationary or dictionaries.

For more information or offers of support please get in touch with Dorothea: [email protected]