Local Hollingdean resident Cicely Lloyd, a very experienced English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teacher and new TDC team member on our MESH programme, has set up a project to promote well-being and friendship through English language learning for women in Hollingdean.
Cicely said: “There is a need for a local women-only group, which welcomes pre-school children. Many mothers are prevented from developing their English because standard academic ESOL provision rarely provides childcare.”
As result of this women, and their families, can become isolated and unable to participate and be actively involved with their local communities. In addition, many are unable to travel outside of Hollingdean due to public transport costs – an issue affecting many low-income households in Hollingdean.
The Women’s ESOL Group received an award from the Healthy Neighbourhood Fund, administered by TDC, to run eight sessions this year. The sessions were very successful covering a range of topics and with a range of ages attending. Although the funding only covered until the end of March, a core group of women decided to continue meeting after the Easter holiday and are receiving support from TDC to set up as a community group. Their aim is to bring women from diverse backgrounds together for conversation, learning and mutual exchange. It will be an inclusive space, where women of all ages and children are welcome. For further details, contact Cicely on [email protected] or 07985 245 207.