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Common Conversation

Common Conversation: Free English classes and social space for refugees and asylum seekers in Leeds
 
If you’re interested in volunteering with Common Conversation and would like to find out more then please come along this Saturday! Email commonconversation@yahoo.co.uk if you have any questions or just come turn up on the day. And if you can’t make it down this Saturday please come along another week and someone will find time to chat.
 
Please forward this on to any relevant lists/ potentially interested folk!
 

THE PROJECT

  • Common Conversation is held at The Common Place in Leeds city centre (near the bus station) and offers free English lessons to adult refugees and asylum seekers, followed by a communal meal, every Saturday.
  • As well as providing an opportunity to learn English, the group has become a popular social space where the students can meet, make friends, feel they belong, build their confidence at a difficult time in their lives and get directly involved in running the project too– cooking, cleaning up, assisting with lessons, opening the building, reimbursing bus fares and helping to organise social events.
  • Common Conversation has been running since May 2006 and in 2007 we won the regional and national MARSH awards for our innovative approach to community development.

 

When:

  • Saturdays from 12 pm-4pm (building opens at 12pm for tea and coffee/free internet, lessons are 1-3pm, communal shared meal 3-4pm)

Where:

  • Common Conversation,  The Common Place

23-25 Wharf Street, Leeds, LS2

Who:

  • Common Conversation is entirely run by volunteers from Leeds (individuals and students from STAR – Student Action for Refugees) and also by the adult refugee and asylum seeker students themselves.



HOW YOU CAN HELP:

  • It doesn’t matter whether or not you have experience of teaching, you just need some enthusiasm!
  • We also need volunteers to help with the more general running of the project, so there are plenty of ways to help, even if you don’t want to teach!
  • Volunteering is flexible, so there is no obligation to attend every week, simply sign up on the rota when you’re free to attend

 

Volunteers can help in any of the following ways:

·      Teachers – to plan and deliver practical, fun English lessons to beginners/intermediate/advanced groups of adult refugees and asylum seekers (about 75 students attend in total, each week)

·      Teaching assistants, to offer teaching support to small groups in the lessons

·      Buying ingredients and cooking a shared communal meal each week

·      opening up and closing the building                                        

·      day to day finances

·      funding applications

·      organising the volunteer rota

·      Assisting with student and lesson feedback/evaluations

·      publicity

·      buying resources for lessons

·      organising social trips and visits

 

If you’d like more information please contact:

Email address: commonconversation@yahoo.co.uk

Yahoo group list: http://groups.yahoo.com/groups/commonconversation

Website: http://www.commonconversation.org

Online rota: http://commonconversation.blogspot.com

 

We look forward to meeting you!

Common Conversation

Common Conversation: Free English classes and social space for refugees and asylum seekers in Leeds
 
If you’re interested in volunteering with Common Conversation and would like to find out more then please come along this Saturday! Email commonconversation@yahoo.co.uk if you have any questions or just come turn up on the day. And if you can’t make it down this Saturday please come along another week and someone will find time to chat.
 
Please forward this on to any relevant lists/ potentially interested folk!
 

THE PROJECT

  • Common Conversation is held at The Common Place in Leeds city centre (near the bus station) and offers free English lessons to adult refugees and asylum seekers, followed by a communal meal, every Saturday.
  • As well as providing an opportunity to learn English, the group has become a popular social space where the students can meet, make friends, feel they belong, build their confidence at a difficult time in their lives and get directly involved in running the project too– cooking, cleaning up, assisting with lessons, opening the building, reimbursing bus fares and helping to organise social events.
  • Common Conversation has been running since May 2006 and in 2007 we won the regional and national MARSH awards for our innovative approach to community development.

 

When:

  • Saturdays from 12 pm-4pm (building opens at 12pm for tea and coffee/free internet, lessons are 1-3pm, communal shared meal 3-4pm)

Where:

  • Common Conversation,  The Common Place

23-25 Wharf Street, Leeds, LS2

Who:

  • Common Conversation is entirely run by volunteers from Leeds (individuals and students from STAR – Student Action for Refugees) and also by the adult refugee and asylum seeker students themselves.



HOW YOU CAN HELP:

  • It doesn’t matter whether or not you have experience of teaching, you just need some enthusiasm!
  • We also need volunteers to help with the more general running of the project, so there are plenty of ways to help, even if you don’t want to teach!
  • Volunteering is flexible, so there is no obligation to attend every week, simply sign up on the rota when you’re free to attend

 

Volunteers can help in any of the following ways:

·      Teachers – to plan and deliver practical, fun English lessons to beginners/intermediate/advanced groups of adult refugees and asylum seekers (about 75 students attend in total, each week)

·      Teaching assistants, to offer teaching support to small groups in the lessons

·      Buying ingredients and cooking a shared communal meal each week

·      opening up and closing the building                                        

·      day to day finances

·      funding applications

·      organising the volunteer rota

·      Assisting with student and lesson feedback/evaluations

·      publicity

·      buying resources for lessons

·      organising social trips and visits

 

If you’d like more information please contact:

Email address: commonconversation@yahoo.co.uk

Yahoo group list: http://groups.yahoo.com/groups/commonconversation

Website: http://www.commonconversation.org

Online rota: http://commonconversation.blogspot.com

 

We look forward to meeting you!

Common Conversation

Common Conversation: Free English classes and social space for refugees and asylum seekers in Leeds
Open Day:  Saturday 10th October 12 noon – 4pm
 
If you’re interested in volunteering with Common Conversation and would like to find out more then please come along to our open day this Saturday 10th October! Email commonconversation@yahoo.co.uk if you have any questions or just come turn up on the day. And if you can’t make it down this Saturday please come along another week and someone will find time to chat.
 
Please forward this on to any relevant lists/ potentially interested folk!
 

THE PROJECT

  • Common Conversation is held at The Common Place in Leeds city centre (near the bus station) and offers free English lessons to adult refugees and asylum seekers, followed by a communal meal, every Saturday.
  • As well as providing an opportunity to learn English, the group has become a popular social space where the students can meet, make friends, feel they belong, build their confidence at a difficult time in their lives and get directly involved in running the project too– cooking, cleaning up, assisting with lessons, opening the building, reimbursing bus fares and helping to organise social events.
  • Common Conversation has been running since May 2006 and in 2007 we won the regional and national MARSH awards for our innovative approach to community development.

 

When:

  • Saturdays from 12 pm-4pm (building opens at 12pm for tea and coffee/free internet, lessons are 1-3pm, communal shared meal 3-4pm)

Where:

  • Common Conversation,  The Common Place

23-25 Wharf Street, Leeds, LS2 (see map attached)

Who:

  • Common Conversation is entirely run by volunteers from Leeds (individuals and students from STAR – Student Action for Refugees) and also by the adult refugee and asylum seeker students themselves.



HOW YOU CAN HELP:

  • It doesn’t matter whether or not you have experience of teaching, you just need some enthusiasm!
  • We also need volunteers to help with the more general running of the project, so there are plenty of ways to help, even if you don’t want to teach!
  • Volunteering is flexible, so there is no obligation to attend every week, simply sign up on the rota when you’re free to attend

 

Volunteers can help in any of the following ways:

·      Teachers – to plan and deliver practical, fun English lessons to beginners/intermediate/advanced groups of adult refugees and asylum seekers (about 75 students attend in total, each week)

·      Teaching assistants, to offer teaching support to small groups in the lessons

·      Buying ingredients and cooking a shared communal meal each week

·      opening up and closing the building                                        

·      day to day finances

·      funding applications

·      organising the volunteer rota

·      Assisting with student and lesson feedback/evaluations

·      publicity

·      buying resources for lessons

·      organising social trips and visits

 

If you’d like more information please contact:

Email address: commonconversation@yahoo.co.uk

Yahoo group list: http://groups.yahoo.com/groups/commonconversation

Website: http://www.commonconversation.org

Online rota: http://commonconversation.blogspot.com

 

We look forward to meeting you!