Community Cohesion

Calderdale is a vibrant place to live with many different cultures and languages.

As part of our work to make people feel welcomed and to support their integration, we awarded a grant to St Augustine’s Centre so it can offer English classes to those whose first language is not English (ESOL).

Over the last year, the classes attracted an average of 352 attendances per month.

A survey of those who had taken part in the ESOL classes found that 78% of students felt their spoken English had significantly improved, 52% felt more able to write, and 82% reported increased confidence because of attending the classes.

H, a refugee from Sudan, had been unemployed since June 2015. He attended the ESOL class and a Job Search drop-in.  As his English improved, he has been able to take more responsibility for his job search.  He recently started work as a packer at a local factory.