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.
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 on The Guardian HERE.
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 learners at the class.
Of the projects, Lord Ahmad said,
There are people who have been settled in Britain for decades who can only converse in a few words in English, if at all, and we need to look at that and say, this isn’t about trying to impose anything, it’s about helping individuals to become more effective contributors to society.
The projects I have seen today are all about empowering through language, and seeing how this process can assist people in their daily lives.
The Creative English class run by Easton Jubliee in Bristol was featured in a community newsletter in May.
The informal style of learning in this class makes it easy for people to access. Anab Mohamud from Somalia had also lived in the UK for nine years and has previously found it hard to progress in ESOL because of childcare issues. Whislt people are encouraged to come to Creative English each week to get the most out of it, each lesson stands alone so it is ideal for people who drop in and out as they don’t miss anything or have to worry about catching up.
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 learners taking part in the class, including Fahima who attends with her mother, Rokeya:
I moved to England when I was one, so I speak English fine – it’s social for me, and I help to teach. But for mum, it’s been great – now she pays bills, goes to the doctor. She was depressed before.