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Dear <<First Name>>
At this time last year LEAH was about to launch 3 new community class projects (Literacy class, Ham Jam and Community in Schools). These are proving very successful and it was very rewarding to hear our clients speak in person about what a difference this support is making to their lives at our Annual Review Meeting. More results from these projects and our 1 to 1 work are included in this newsletter along with details of LEAH’s Kingston Quality Award for volunteering.  

We are fortunate to have secured funding to continue most of this provision again for the new academic year.  You play a critical role in helping to bring individuals and communities together and your contribution is more vital than ever.

With best wishes
Kim Bailey, chair@leah.org.uk

 

1:1 Tuition 

During 2015/16 we were able to support 121 isolated clients with 1:1 tuition including 5 homeless clients. This exceeded our target by over 20%. In addition we trained 58 new volunteers to teach English an increase of nearly 50% on the number participating last year, for full details see our annual review. We also launched an updated, more professional logo, which you can see at the top of this newsletter, made possible via a capacity building grant from The Big Lottery Fund.    

Literacy Class

15 clients were helped with their everyday reading and writing at our new literacy class. A highlight of the year was an inspiring visit from our patron Dame Jacqueline Wilson. The more advanced group are now moving on to college. We will be increasing capacity this coming academic year and have already allocated all the places. However there is a waiting list so please don't hesitate to refer if you know of someone who could benefit.

Parents' English Club

31 clients were helped via our communicating with schools project at St Joseph's and Coombe Hill Junior School. "The parents who have attended have grown in confidence and are happy to come to school each week" (Teacher at Coombe Junior School). We are currently waiting to hear if there is funding to continue this project in the winter term.
 

Ham People's Project

Ham People's Project (formerly Ham Jam) continues on Thursdays at Ham Library, from 12.30-2.45. Last year we supported 23 residents (volunteers and clients) who enjoyed a range of craft activities and walks. The group is open to all Ham residents (English speakers and non English speakers) and helps reduce isolation and facilitate greater community cohesion. New members are always welcome. Class starts again on 29th September.

ESOL Co-ordinator Vacancy 

Zoe Hourigan who has been with LEAH for the last 4 years is leaving in September. Zoe has been a part of many projects in this time from Walkers and Talkers and volunteer recruitment to 1:1 home tutoring and Ham Jam. She will be greatly missed by many in the ESOL community in Kingston. Please join us in wishing her the very best in her new job.  We are currently recruiting for a replacement, please forward these details to anyone who may be interested.

Volunteer Best Practice


LEAH was recently presented with the Kingston Quality Award from Go Kingston Volunteering for best practice in Volunteer Management. This involves having procedures and policies in place that ensure that volunteers are safe, valued and recognised for their contribution. In this video one of our volunteers Elaine Lovie speaks about what it's like volunteering for LEAH.

Trip to Kew


Thanks to the Kew Gardens Community Scheme a group of around 25 clients and volunteers visited Kew again this year. It can take considerable courage and encouragement for some clients to venture out somewhere new but those that made the effort had a great day out and gained greater confidence from the experience. "Last year S was scared of the idea of the Kew trip. This year she was very keen to go and managed 2 buses from New Malden to Kew." (H.H. LEAH Volunteer).
  
Tutor Network Meeting
The next tutor network meeting is being held on 28th September, 10am-12pm at Twickenham Yacht Club. For details and to register see https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/leah-tutor-network-meeting-tickets-26903758867

 

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