Harrow is one of 30 local authorities to successfully bid for a share of a £5.1million grant to help non-English speakers fulfil their potential.
The £100,000 grant from the English for Speakers of Other Languages for Integration Fund will help fund lessons and activities for those with little or no written or spoken English, either in Covid-secure community settings or online.
Learn Harrow, Harrow’s adult community learning programme, has designed English language programmes and activities aimed at connecting learners to the places, spaces and people of Harrow. They will focus on helping them in everyday situations such as shopping, visiting the doctor or attending parents’ evening. The funding will also help people access digital platforms for remote learning.
Cllr Sue Anderson, cabinet member for Community Engagement and Accessibility, said: “Lack of English skills can be a barrier to social and economic mobility in Harrow. Some people find a more formal learning environment challenging, whereas this type of community-based tuition is shown to reach the people who are in greatest need, helping them fulfil their potential.”
The tailored language lessons will be delivered across Harrow observing social distancing, or online, via apps, with one-to-one learner support.
Communities Minister Rt Hon Robert Jenrick said: “We are committed to levelling up and uniting our country. This funding will provide language classes to thousands of people, so they become fully integrated and active members of society.”