Project information

Brightening Futures

Brightening Futures particularly brings together young people and older people who don’t speak English very well from the Bangladeshi community in Hounslow (London) to learn to speak English together in an intergenerational and supportive class. Our work will build a more connected confident society

December 2010 - December 2011

Charity information: My Social Innovation

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  • Need


    We are motivated to make this project a success because we always see a need for it in our community. We also have personal experience, from our families, of the importance of people learning English so that they can be more confident within society. The Bangladeshi community here is the most isolated in terms of being able to speak English. This, particularly with women, means that they have to rely on expensive translation services. Sometime husbands / father also restrict acces to classes.


    Our project is a "youth-led" innovation (we are both 17 yo) that will bring together young and old people from our community to learn to speak english together, Participants will complete the ESOL Key English Test and be trained by professional tutors who will contribute there service for a reduced fee. We will create an environment where participants feel safe and supported to learn, it will be more like a social gathering than a formal classroom environment.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Train 200 people from the Bangladeshi community in Hounslow (London) to ESOL Key English Test Level


    » Deliver intergenerational English classes: secure trainers, venues, participants and funding. Building on the business plan that we have developed.

    Success will be...200 people accredited as quickly as posible. Also people from different generations interacting together in a social and learning environment.

  • Impact


    Participants will gain confidence, and be less nervous; they will be able to be them selves. We will enable them to feel safe and belong more to the community that they are part of. We will measure our success by securing accreditations for people but also by asking them via questionnaires how much more confident they feel in themselves and in speaking English. Participants using translation or interpretation services less will also save society money and we will measure the financial results.


    Intergenerational work could pose child protection and health and safety issues for all concerned. We have made sure that all the necessary legal requirements are in place. There is also a risk that we won't be able to get enough participants onto the programme. We will work as partners with local organisations who can help create demand for our project. It might also be a risk to not get a trainer / faculty of sufficient quality to achieve our aims we will screen for experience and quality.


    We will provide regular updates on the progress of our project and some case studies on the people that are involved. We would like to create a video that shows the project working and provide a link to it on YouTube or a similar website. We will also be able to provide accounts to show spending.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,000 Exams and Qualifications 200 people at approx £50 per person
      £5,000 Teaching To ensure a quality tutor is avaialable during a years worth of training activity
      £3,000 Equipment & Venue Resources required to deliver the project, includes insurance
      £2,000 Salary & Expenses Sustainable expenses and small salary for young project leaders

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund £2,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Our project will take place in Hounslow (West London) Hounslow is estimated to have the 10th highest need for English classes in the UK according to the Government office for London. Hounslow also has a high % of Bangladeshi residents. Young children and women form this community particularly need to be encouraged to improve their english and therefore confidence in interacting with society.


    Older people, particularly women and younger children from the community. These people are, and from our own experiences, sometime isolated because of their circumstances. We also hope our project will help these people in school or to find employment. Either way it will reduce their need to rely on other and the rest of society to help them; because they will be able to better help themselves. Funding from government for this has recently been cut so our service is even more essential

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are two young people (18 years old) who have developed this project idea ourselves. We are passionate about making it happen, based on our experience and the experience of our parents while we were growing up. We are also advised on the planning and delivery of this project by experienced social entrepreneurs and mentors through the My Social Innovation programme. our project is unique in that it brings together older and younger people, who traditionlly don't mix with each other to learn

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Joti Sandhu

    Project Leader: 18yo, from the Bangladeshi community in Hounslow. Passionate about younger and older people learning together. Also at University.

    Sean Vaghela

    Porject Leaders: 18yo, would like to see peopel speaking better english to integrate inot society and get more confidence. An apprentice part-time.

    Joe Swann

    Project Advisor: Chief Executive of My Social Innovation - the organisation helping us to put our project together. Very experienced project developer

    Damon Newman

    Mentor: Professional coach and trainer who is helping us learn techniques to ensure that participants feel safe and supported while learning.