Trafford residents with English as a second language are being offered the opportunity to improve their skills thanks to a £21,000 grant from Trafford Housing Trust.

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The funding has been awarded to the Leaf Language Library in Altrincham and Sale, which provides courses in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) to help reduce isolation, increase social networking and provide friendships and wellbeing for BAME groups.

The courses deliver ESOL Skills for Life (Entry level to Level 2) to adults aged 16 and over who need English language skills for everyday life, study and employment.

Sol Diaz, Director of the Leaf Language Library, said: “We are delighted as a community group to be funded by Trafford Housing Trust to deliver ESOL Skills for Life on five different levels, from entry level to level 2.

“ESOL qualifications are designed to help students into education, employment and to learn English Language Skills for everyday life while living in the UK.  Thank you Trafford Housing Trust for the opportunity and the trust in our community group to deliver a prestigious qualification in the community.”

Zoe Taylor, Support Manager at Trafford Housing Trust, said: “Learning English is essential to anyone looking for work, and for many people it is vital for meeting new people and forming friendships.  The Covid pandemic has for some people increased feelings of loneliness and isolation, which can be made worse if they are struggling with English, and we are confident that these courses will really help to tackle those issues.”

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