Stories of Success

You know that old platitude ‘the smallest things make the biggest difference’? Well, who’d have known that the key to confidence lay in a pair of shoelaces! One learner from our hub at Gascoigne Primary School has reported the immense satisfaction she felt at being able to go into a

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Meet the Volunteers

Here’s what some of our volunteer facilitators have to say about their own journey with Creative English! Tahmeena ‘I just want to say thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to do this. It has pushed me out of my comfort zone and given me so much confidence.’

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Barking and Dagenham Post

Creative English is again mentioned in the Barking & Dagenham Post, when local charity Community Resources for Change received £65,000 from BBC Children in Need to run a Creative English Family Learning course of the local community. The article features programme creator, FaithAction’s own Dr Anne Smith PhD. The full

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Christ Church Sparkbrook

We have 23 learners on our records this year and an average class is between 6-9 people. All our learners are female[…]. We are finding the majority of our learners are attending the course in order to build up their confidence when out in the community, although two ladies were

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Paper by Dr Anne Smith and Bobby Smith

The paper, “What’s in a name? Shifts in identity, delivery and impact in a national volunteer-led programme using applied drama to learn English” by FaithAction’s Dr Anne Smith and Bobby Smith was published in ‘Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance’, Volume 20, Issue 4. More

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Creative English in the Guardian

On Tuesday 8th December, Creative English was featured in the Education section of The Guardian. Focusing on the support that the the programme has given to refugees, the article looked at the barriers that are put in placed by a lack of English language. You can read the article over

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Evaluation of the Creative English Programme

FaithAction are proud to announce the launch of an External Evaluation of the Creative English programme, completed by the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University. The Creative English programme is making a positive difference to the lives of low- and intermediate-proficiency speakers of English. Learners are

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On Speaking Terms

Creative English was featured as a case study in On Speaking Terms, a report by think-tank Demos on the state of provision of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in England and how it compares with other nations. Our research identifies a number of advantages associated with English ability,

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Paper by Dr. Anne Smith

The paper, ‘Maximizing empowerment in applied theatre with refugees and migrants in the United Kingdom: Facilitation shaped by an ethic of care’ by FaithAction’s Dr. Anne Smith was published in The Journal of Arts & Communities, Volume 6, Issue 2-3. The paper draws on evidence from Creative English to argue

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The Telegraph and Argus

In 2014, Bradford’s Telegraph and Argus reported on a visit made by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon to a Creative English class run by Tresom, as part of a tour of local projects empowering people through language skills. He met with Creative English creator, FaithAction’s Dr. Anne Smith, and spoke with

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Barking and Dagenham Post

In October, a reporter from the Barking and Dagenham Post visited the Creative English class  at Castle Point in Dagenham, where he also met with programme creator Dr. Anne Smith herself. An article was featured in the 7th October edition, featuring some words from Anne and from a number of

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Easton Jubilee

I just wanted to share a story from the week before half term. We were doing the first session of going to the doctors. At the local surgery, if you want an appointment for the same day, you have to wait for a call back from the GP to assess

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Trescom Research and Consultancy

In addition to running a Creative English class, Trescom received a grant from the Creative English Innovation Fund to set up a Sewing Club to help bring the local community together by exploring the textile history of the area. The learner below told us about how she volunteers to help

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Harold Road Centre

The Harold Road Centre had previously been running an accredited English class until funding was cut, and decided to continue with informal English classes to complement their Literacy class. They felt Creative English offered the holistic experience they desired, and many of their learners now continue their experience through a

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Community Resources

The Community Resources Hub in Dagenham works to build community cohesion in its local area. It is primarily staffed by local volunteers who are passionate about sharing in the development of their community. Sally Dixon, the Hub’s facilitator, told us about one of their learners. Elsa has been coming to

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Pendle Women’s Forum

Pendle Women’s Forum support the women of the Pendle area with advice and guidance. In addition to running a Creative English class, they have also received a grant from the Creative English Innovation Fund for their ‘Cook, Chai, Chat’ project, where women work together to bake cakes and put on

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Oasis Drop-In Centre

The Oasis Drop-in Centre serves as a place of both community and learning, helping people find the local services they need and supporting them to gain better confidence and language skills. The team at the Oasis Centre told us about a mother-daughter pair that joined their Creative English class together.

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Project BME

Project BME provide numerous services, from advice and advocacy and mentoring to training and capacity-building for other organisations, across Lancashire. Their Creative English class is run at the Darwen Aldridge Community Academy in Blackburn. Programme leader Zed Ali told us about some of those involved in the class: Karim said

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Loxford Children’s Centre

The Creative English class at the Loxford Children’s Centre in Ilford is led by Sue Griffin, who has written about her experiences before. Last year, local MP Mike Gapes came to a class to see how Creative English is changing people’s lives. Sue told us about one of her learners

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