This is a creative collaboration between Beyond The Page (BTP) and WantsumArts, a community arts organisation. We work in partnership with school communities in order to achieve lasting change in relationships, communication and participation. It benefits women with child care responsibilities who have moved into the UK and are learning English as an additional language. Becoming part of the project empowers women to build their linguistic skills, cultural understanding and confidence, leading to more active involvement in school life. It also benefits other parents and staff within the whole school who learn from multilingual women about their lives, skills and interests, and develop more effective means of communication and engagement.
We combine teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) with Natural Voice techniques including singing, plus drama and other creative activities. We build a curriculum from current issues and language needs, identify linguistic and cultural difficulties and together practise strategies to overcome them. It's friendly, fun and a safe place to explore and learn.
United Mothers is based in community locations in Thanet throughout the academic year, although currently on hold due to Covid, we are running sessions online.
If you would like to refer yourself or someone else to the United Mothers project then please download and complete the referral form below and return it to us via email or by post. Addresses can be found at the bottom of the form.
We are very grateful to our funders
National Lottery Community Fund, The Tudor Trust, the Martello Fund, the Hilden Charitable Fund, Sisters of the Holy Cross, the Brook Trust for Kent, and the Kent Community Foundation
who sponsor United Mothers and make it possible for us to offer free sessions to all women.