FaithAction: Creative English – Community Based Learning by Faith Communities
FAITHACTION AND DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITIES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCE FUNDING THAT ENABLES THE ROLL OUT OF UNIQUE COMMUNITY-BASED ENGLISH LEARNING THROUGH FAITH BASED COMMUNITIES
FaithAction today announced that they have won the opportunity to deliver Creative English, a new programme which forms part of the of the Department of Communities and Local Government £6 million investment in teaching English to those most isolated.
FaithAction worked with Queen Mary University to design and research the unique and innovative programme, entitled Creative English, that has been developed to teach English in an interactive way to those most in need in society. The programme delivery uses interactive, ‘soap opera’ style sessions to develop English language abilities that will empower beneficiaries to be effective in real life situations. Unlike traditional approaches, Creative English will be delivered by trained volunteers from local faith based organisations and places of worship who will be able to quickly establish a rapport with their audience. The programme will equip 1,200 individuals with English language skills and support them to process on to community action, further education and dealing with public sector services.
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said:
“Speaking English is crucial to allow us to come together and be part of British society. People are unable to do this and are condemned to a limited life if they can’t speak our language.
“This fantastic project will have a positive impact on local communities, enabling people to fulfil their potential, to communicate with friends and neighbours, gain employment and increase self-confidence.
“Learning English should be a priority and I’m delighted that all of the winning projects will enable individuals to learn in the heart of their community in exciting new ways that were never previously available.”
Daniel Singleton, National Executive Director of FaithAction, said:
“Language and relationship are key to opening up the world around you. Using a creative approach to learning, a funding arm which provokes perpetual innovation, and the energy and passion of faith and community groups, FaithAction's Creative English programme will enable people across the UK to acquire English and build confidence as part of their local community.”
The Department of Communities and Local Government are also chronicling the Learn English competition that lead to FaithAction's Creative English program via Tumblr. Check it out for more information on the competition and the other winners, and stay tuned for more updates.