A step up for learning English

A WEEKLY multicultural club has been set up in Portishead to aid people in learning English as a second language.

The club, called Step Up, has been created in partnership with Somerset Racial Equality Council and Senior Community Link.

Organiser David Cox said he understands the problems which can occur when moving to a different country.

He said: “My wife is from Ukraine and was unable to get a job teaching here because she was outside the EU, even though she has a degree in maths and ICT, two of the so-called needed subjects here.

“She tried for three years and found there was nothing but barriers. Another big problem we faced was knowing where to look for English lessons, education for children and simple things like how to pass a driving test and who to ask.

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“With our experiences, we can at least give some support to these people, many of whom are very qualified and speak several languages. This is not for profit and we are proud to do this.”

David said the multicultural club will also offer an opportunity for people to meet others who may also speak their native language.

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Step Up takes place at the International Centre of Professional Education in High Street, Portishead, every Thursday from 12.30-2.30pm. For more information call 01275 818582 or 01934 414455.

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