We work in east Kent, which faces challenges of deprivation, racism and lack of investment in the infrastructures which support a diverse and changing population. Our aim is to contribute to a healthier, happier community, and we focus on building partnerships between individuals and organisations from different backgrounds.
We are passionate about developing people's potential, both for themselves and as part of wider society, and in particular in building women's confidence and skills to become fully-engaged
citizens in all aspects of community life. To do this, we:
* offer creative and flexible solutions to meet the English language learning needs of marginalised or less -resourced adults who have difficulty in accessing or progressing in mainstream programmes
* ensure that service providers are fully engaged by becoming active participants throughout the programme, learning together as equals
* innovate and develop cross-disciplinary methodologies which engage and stimulate participants.
We nurture a close relationship between our practice and research in fields including:
We believe in sharing our learning and present at workshops and conferences; we reflect and evaluate practice; we have close working and advisory relationships with Canterbury Christ Church University/ Sidney de Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health; Kings College London; University of Kent.
Our aim is to pass on projects to participants and local community networks to develop in the future. The model of working across disciplines and with three partners - a service provider, English speaking volunteers and English language learners - will be explored further and has potential regionally and nationally.