English language classes in London, Birmingham, Leicester and Coventry
Talking Together is TimeBank’s extensive volunteer-led project offering informal, functional English teaching to marginalised UK residents with little or no knowledge of the language – mostly women. It started in deprived areas of Birmingham in 2014 and has since expanded across London, Birmingham and Leicester. As part of the project, 5,000 people have completed English classes taught by 436 volunteers.
The project has transformed their lives, enabling them to interact with new people, gain confidence and skills and do everyday things we take for granted, like visiting the doctor, talking to children’s teachers and use public transport. It also offers follow up classes to build learners’ confidence in using English, including trips to local places of interest to bring the language to life.
Talking Together has helped nearly 5,000 women to speak English, ease their isolation and take a greater part in community life.