Council secures funding to help migrants improve their English in Fenland
PUBLISHED: 10:45 14 June 2018
A new project aiming to improve the English of Fenland’s migrant population is being launched thanks to £110,500 of government funding.
Cash from the ministry of housing, communities and local government will be used to run English language courses in Wisbech and recruit, train and manage volunteer bi-lingual advisors to provide a migrant support service.
Fenland District Council, working in partnership with the Rosmini Centre in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire County Council, and other organisations and employment agencies, has received £110,500 over two years for the bi-lingual advisor and basic language project.
The project will improve migrants’ English language skills, support them to gain basic qualifications, improve their knowledge of legislation and help them access local services.
The project would be undertaken by the Rosmini Centre, in partnership with education, social and health care providers.
It will recruit 20 volunteer bi-lingual advisors, who will help migrants with any aspect of living and working in Fenland, and provide English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) courses.
A Council spokesperson said: “This funding is great news for Fenland. Integrating into the community, being able to benefit from it and to contribute to it, rests on people’s ability to speak English.”