Funding for our Conversation Cafe

Somerset College, along with their partner Somerset Libraries, has been awarded £6,000 from SWRLS (South West Regional Library Service) to expand their Conversation Cafe initiative, which helps people whose first language isn't English, to learn the language in a friendly, welcoming environment. As well as continuing in the College, the Conversation Cafe concept will be expanded to the public library in Taunton. Outcomes of the project will be disseminated throughout the Region.

The Conversation Café, run as a free initiative in a social yet educational setting, encourages attendees to:
·Practice speaking English;
·Improve literacy by registering with the library and taking part in library initiatives;
·Learn about British and other cultures, meet new friends, encouraging multicultural blending and integration into British society.

The initiative promotes the principle of community education through raising literacy and employability skills, as well as co-operation between libraries in the South West – through working in partnership between Somerset College (academic sector) and Somerset Library Service (public library sector).

Pictured (left to right) are Learning Resources Practitioner Maryam Abolghassemi, Research and Library Services Manager Jolanta Peters, Somerset Library Service Development Officer Maggie Harris and Learning Resources Practitioner Moya Doherty.