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Improving community cohesion

ESOL celebration event

Cllr Sirajul Islam speaking at the event

Hundreds of residents in Tower Hamlets have benefited from a scheme aimed at boosting confidence and empowering them to play a fuller role in society.

The council was successful in applying for ESOL for Integration Funding from central government (only 30 councils in the UK secured the funding) to deliver the Together in Tower Hamlets programme.

The purpose of the programme was to empower those who speak little or no English by improving language skills and building confidence, reduce isolation and ensure everyone can participate in their local community.

The council in partnership with voluntary and community sector organisations delivered English classes to over 300 residents from across the borough last year.

Organisations that delivered the programme included Bromley by Bow Centre, East London Advanced Technology Training (ELATT) and Workers Educational Association (WEA).

The programme also provided social mixing activities to encourage participants to practice their English, to increase confidence and connect with people from different backgrounds.

290 residents completed ESOL learning courses over the duration of the programme and were invited to take part in a celebration event at the Bromley by Bow Centre Park on 26 August.

Cllr Sirajul Islam attended the event and handed out certificates to residents.

Mayor Biggs added: “I am really pleased to be celebrating the achievements of residents through the Together in Tower Hamlets programme. Through this programme we have been able to enhance the council’s wider work to empower people who speak little or no English.

Cllr Sirajul Islam, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said: “We have enabled people to boost their language skills, reduce isolation and build confidence to unleash their potential. Over 1,600 hours of social mixing activities were provided. And despite the challenges of the pandemic, 290 local residents completed the ESOL taught programme and the social mixing activities.”

The council has secured further funding to continue delivery of the course.  If you would like to improve your English or know someone who would benefit visit and register your interest in joining the programme


Posted on Wednesday 8th September 2021