Project information

Integrating communities - Kingston Coordinator

Advance English language skills using trained volunteers teaching students 1-1. Students gain life skills, further education, training, employment, volunteering, children with homework, communicating directly with the teacher, GP etc reducing need for interpreters especially children interpreting

June 2011 - May 2012

Charity information

Learn English at Home

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  • Need


    Our target group is isolated and new arrivals in the UK many with small children. They are unable to attend college classes due to low level English that colleges cannot accept & lack of childcare facilities. Our intervention aims to prevent more serious mental health problems, reduce, use of social and health services and support their transition to progress to further training, volunteering and employment opportunities and increase meaningful interaction with their children & schoolwork


    The project will provide trained volunteer tutors to teach English tailored to the needs of the student.
    The Coordinator will coordinate referrals from professionals, visit, assess & pair students. She will supervise tutors, organise tutor training & ongoing workshops, manage the waiting list conduct CRB checks, help with goal setting & progression & organise outings & refer students to in-house health courses, record progress & feedback from students & tutors

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide weekly English lessons to 50 students per year for whom English is not their first language


    » Provide tutors to teach English in the students own home with planned lessons & ESOL materials at the correct level for the student

    Success will be measured through verbal & written student & tutor feedback on improvements in English, confidence & progression

    Aim 2

    To network & raise awareness of the LEAH work


    » Participating in local events, developing new partnerships, contributing to council policies & strategies

    Success will be measured by feedback from local agencies & referrers on student progress

  • Impact


    The project's intervention will reverse the isolation faced by new migrants that lead to more serious health problems especially related to mental heatlth & well being. Each student will increase their knowledge & awareness of UK British life, systems & procedures, increased well being. They will gain independence & many will become economically & socially active, working, volunteering etc.


    The social, political & economic situation in many other countries means new arrivals to Kingston are higher than previously. Our referrals our higher than ever. We are always oversubscribed with volunteers registering on our training course. The demand for both students & tutors is continuous & our work is known & respected. Our only major risk is lack of funding to continue the work & keeping our waiting list at a level so that referred students don't wait for long periods for a tutor


    Reporting is done by providing facts & figures of how many students & tutors we have, numbers & places of student & tutor progression, budget expenditure, providing photos, newsletters of events, publicity, recruitment methods & joint partnerships, student & tutor annual evaluation & case studies

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £25,762

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      Amount Heading Description
      £20,712 1 day post Coordination for the project for a year
      £3,750 2 courses 30 tutors trained over 9 sessions per year/ tutor travel expenses, office costs, IT etc
      £1,300 rent/rates/gas/elec Portion for Coordinator post
  • Background


    Royal borough of Kingston - Surrey


    Non English speakers, many who have recently arrived in the UK and have barriers to accessing services because of inability to communicate in English. Many are asylum seekers and refugees. They are unaware of their rights and services that exist.
    The majority of students are referred to us because they are unable to communicate, are lonely and suffering low level mental health problems especially post natal depression immediately after the birth of a baby

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our charity started with dedicated individuals helping in their local communities 28 years ago. The service and demand has grown. Whilst our capacity is extremely limited we have started to develop our infrastructure & piloting small group teaching

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Sarah Huckstep Plus Around 60-65 Volunteers

    Sarah Huckstep part time Coordinator for Kingston, recruiting, supervising volunteers, student visits, assessments, placements & progression