Stepping into our communities to raise money for local charities or campaign for issues that matter to us.

Conversation Clubs Update

Conversation Clubs Update

Conversation Clubs are an opportunity for ELATT’s language learners to practise their English speaking skills and develop confidence in a fun, informal environment.

These clubs also give ELATT students an opportunity to become organisers themselves – contributing to the community while gaining skills and experience. Our teaching assistant students in particular find this experience a useful addition to their CVs.

This is an area ELATT has long been involved in. Our very own Nafisah recently completed her PhD on Social Interactions in English and is now Dr Graham-Brown. As part of her research, she led ELATT’s involvement in an Erasmus project on Volunteers in Language Education, working together with community organisations from Slovenia, Denmark and the Netherlands www.languagevolunteers.com

Earlier this year, our Volunteer Manager, Yvonne Ackuaku, and three of our Conversation Club volunteers – Pascale, Gertrude and Izabel – were filmed about their conversation club experience as part of a Learning & Work Institute / Learning Unlimited project funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

You can see the four videos here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLmZbrFRJFfyPgDaa5DKwA5wayFVMdUsGd

The project also produced 15 units on a range of topics. These flexible and adaptable resources are designed to meet the needs of the huge range of conversation clubs across the UK. It was an exciting writing project which our Quality lead, Helen Rankin, was thrilled to be involved in as an LU Associate.

You can see the 15 units and the accompanying guides here:
https://learningandwork.org.uk/resources/research-and-reports/volunteers-english-language-learners-and-conversation-clubs/

Our current challenge is to build on the initial success in adapting conversation clubs to run online during the Covid-19 crisis. Despite the unfamiliar environment of Zoom, participants – including new joiners – have been able to bond and to discuss personal issues, including Black Lives Matter, in a supportive and constructive way.

If you would like to become an ESOL volunteer, please contact:
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If you would like to join a conversation club, complete an ESOL enrolment form online:
https://www.elatt.org.uk/courses/english-skills

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Housing Campaign 2017

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Today we are writing about housing problems in Hackney. Many people are suffering with some bad conditions. People are living in damp house, and they paying high rent, gas and electricity. Some houses have water leaking from the ceiling. People need to gather to campaign to the government so that they make something better about housing problems. Some people are living single glazing house in winter.

On 16/11/17 as Equal Voices class we wrote a letter about our housing problems we are facing in Hackney and we sent it to the council. We all together made a video, before we sent the letter. We sent the video and letter to Councillor Sem Moema

We are feeling better and proud after we sent the letter.
We hope that the council will start thinking about these problems and try to solve them and make good decisions.
Many thanks.

Shima, Sumi and Maria | 3508 Equal Voices


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Coffee morning raising money for Macmillan Cancer in the Bethel Church

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Two months ago on Friday 29 of September 2017 at 11 am we went to 242 Hoxton St N1. We went to a coffee morning in the church with our teacher. Because every slice of cake and cup of tea and coffee help us huge different of people facing cancer. There we met new people, we had a slice of cake some biscuits and tea then we are sitting together, talking to each other and there are some people taking pictures and making videos. We also take pictures we donated some money in the church. We really enjoyed the wonderful journey.

By Ruqia Naz, Francisca, Saloua and Preeti


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Equal Voices students visit Ofgem

Equal Voices students visit Ofgem

After carrying out a listening campaign this term in Hackney, our Equal Voices students found out the three main issues that people care about are: cost of fuel, housing and ESOL funding cuts. As a group they decided to focus on campaigning about the cost of fuel this term and the other issues next term. Most of the learners are using prepayment metres and felt that they are spending more money on their energy bills compared to people who are not using prepayment metres.

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Telco Citizens Refounding Assembly

Telco Citizens Refounding Assembly

by Bayan Tuerxunbayi (Equal Voice Class)

We went to York Hall and attended an Assembly on 9th March 2017. It was a fast paced, dynamic and focused meeting, full of exciting stories and as well as inspiring hope for the future. There were many facilities for food and refreshments. There were many people who came from different organisations. We also listened to a few songs from a children’s choir of 150 singers, stories from history - Martin Luther King Jr, the Salvation Army, the matchstick girls, the dockers and music from a student orchestra. After that many people spoke about different problems as well as live public negotiation, and the setting out of TELCO’s vision for East London over the next 20 years. My friends spoke about energy bill problems. I was very happy and became more confident when my friends spoke on stage. When we finished, we took pictures and people threw balloons and confetti from the balcony. Everyone was very happy.

The promises that were made showed a sign of hope and a new beginning. It was an exciting and inspiring event that will give hope in our difficult climate. We believe East London future will be better.

What my Equal Voices classmates thought about the event:

  • Kikelomo Akande: “I spoke about cheaper energy and what I have experienced. There were many other speeches. Everybody celebrated with balloons and confetti. I feel happy because I spoke confidently."
  • Amina Sakhi: “What moved me the most was the presence of Syria’s family who thanked the country that embraced them. Later on ELATT students spoke about energy and its importance in our daily lives.”
  • Anita Srdenovic: “Paul spoke about Bridge builders. These are not physical bridges. They are bridges of trust, bridges of justice, bridges of relational power for the common good. We took pictures and we now have more confidence speaking on stage.”
  • Pankita Rajesh: “These promises were an exciting and inspiring event that will give hope in our difficult climate. We believe East London’s future will be better. I feel more confident and I am really proud to take part in the assembly and speaking in front of many people”
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The trip to Lunar House

The trip to Lunar House

(By Ning Liu)

On 24 Oct, students from Elatt went to Lunar House to welcome the refugee children.

These children were from the Calais ‘jungle’, they were trapped in this ‘jungle’ for years. Nearly all of them fled from their home counties which are suffering from wars. Since they arrived at Calais, some of them stayed there, but the environment for children was terrible.

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Charity Day for the 'Ruth Hayman Trust'

Charity Day for the 'Ruth Hayman Trust'

By Jolanta

On 15 - 06 – 2016, my college ''Elatt'' did a charity day for 'Ruth Hayman Trust'. On this day it did not rain, but was very windy. Especially on this day, I put on a black dress. I came at 11 o'clock and brought an electric oven. Other classmates came at 1pm and brought books, toys, clothes, cakes and brioches. We all together went in street selling cakes and brioches. We had a fun day and we laughed.

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Love London, No place to hate

Love London, No place to hate

Last Monday Tower Hamlets Equal Voices learners held a special end of term Eid lunch, capability workshop and launched their campaign 'Love London, No Place to Hate'
The group created and planned a special menu, cooked for local residents, raised funds for Simple Gifts and held demonstrations/capability workshops in natural therapies, language exchange and henna.

By Paula

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Winter Party

Winter Party

On 9th December, ELATT's Women Empowerment group did a good job organizing a winter party for students and teachers. We all enjoyed Asian food, music from different cultures and poems translated into English on display. Some of us danced to Indian and Kurdish music and everybody talked to each other and laughed together. We had a lot of fun and it was a good chance for all of us to meet and get to know each other. The party was also a charity event that raised money for Children in Need.

By Anne-Marie, Dessie and Amran (Learning Champions)

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Danish Delegation

Danish Delegation

On 21st of January we had visitors from Denmark. They came here to see the way that we learn English at ELATT and to experience a new way of teaching for themselves. We introduced ourselves. Then some of us interviewed them and asked them for their thoughts about our college and about cultural differences.

By Amran, Anne-Marie and Lingqin

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