Thank you to everyone who came along to our Christmas celebration! We had over 180 attendees, a spontaneous conga line, fantastic live music and some fabulous Christmas tree building! It was a great way to end a great year! You can view our photos from this event here!
I chose to start volunteering with Action Language because I’d heard what a great experience it is from a friend who had been involved with Action Foundation in the past. I volunteer as a teaching assistant in their free English classes for refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants who are unable to access mainstream classes. I saw volunteering with Action Language as an opportunity to help those at a disadvantage and feel like I was doing something really worth-while with my time.
I think that Action Foundation has a great set of values and ethos which are apparent when you’re there. They express the importance of equality and inclusion and this creates such a nice atmosphere to work in. I have been volunteering for four weeks now in entry level classes and have found them very enjoyable, which I put down to how friendly everyone is.
As well as helping the students to understand and assisting the teachers in the delivery of the classes, my time at Action Language has been an opportunity to develop my own skills. For example by setting myself challenging goals and SMART actions, and reflecting on the progress I make, I have already developed my skills in planning and organising. My communication skills have developed through using a variety of methods including speech and writing when communicating information and explanations to the students. Working in a professional environment has also given me the opportunity to practice professionalism in a work setting.
I’m looking forward to further developing my skills in teamwork, personal enterprise, communication and planning and organising in an enjoyable environment as I continue to volunteer for Action Language.
Action Language seemed like the obvious choice for me when picking a placement for my Careers Development Module. The project supports not only language development but, through language, improves the normal lives of the students that attend the classes. Language is a key aspect for integrating into a new society and can make a real difference to the student’s confidence. I really enjoy the reward of assisting in classroom teaching as I get to see each student improve week on week.
I began the placement with hopes that I would be able to help students develop and also personally develop my communication skills .Within just a few weeks at the placement I had learnt a lot about my own communication style. Through watching the talented teaching staff I have learnt a number of flexible styles to use when helping different students. In terms of helping student development, it is hard not to leave a lesson feeling like you’ve helped them progress their English skills as the improvements are often so visible in each exercise you do with them.
I also hoped to simply gain an enjoyable experience which is definitely what Action Language gives you as a classroom assistant. All of the staff at Action Language are patient, welcoming and talented at running engaging sessions each week. The students are enthusiastic and appreciative for the help you provide. The diversity in the classroom means that alongside the work it is really interesting to speak to the students one on one and learn something about their background or culture.
So far my placement at Action Language has been even more than I hoped for and I look forward to continuing my volunteering here.
An exciting opportunity has come up to join the Action Foundation team and support the development of our Action Hosting project. Action Hosting provides temporary accommodation and support to destitute asylum seekers in volunteer host’s homes.
We are recruiting for an experienced individual to co-ordinate the day-to-day delivery of the Action Hosting Scheme on a part-time basis (21 hours per week). This involves training volunteer hosts and matching them with destitute asylum seekers (guests) in need of accommodation, supporting guests, evaluating/monitoring the scheme and giving support to ongoing work to publicise the scheme to attract future hosts.
The full Job Description and Application Form are available to download on our Recruitment page. Closing date for applications is Monday 23rd October, 9am.
For the first time this year Action Foundation secured charity places for the Great North Run. Our team was made up of a staff member, volunteers and a former Action Letting resident and we are delighted to announce that together they raised £3,095!! This is an amazing achievement and one we are all extremely proud of. Thank you to all our runners and everyone who supported them along the way. Special thanks to one of our runners who was unable to run but still donated £500!
We deliver English classes for adults (18+) of all abilities in Newcastle and Sunderland and have registration every week. All you need to bring is some ID.
In Newcastle registration is every Monday 1:30 – 3:30pm at The CastleGate (NE1 2JQ)
In Sunderland registration is every Friday 10:00am – 12:00pm at 90 Coronation Street (SR1 2HE)
For information can be found on our ‘Contact Us’ page
If you are heading down to the Great North Run next weekend make sure to give our runners a cheer if you manage to spot them! We have 4 fantastic runners representing Action Foundation this year raising money to support our projects supporting vulnerable refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants in Newcastle, Gateshead and Sunderland!
You can find out more about our runners and show your support below!
Maria – Action Language Office Assistant and former student
Jonah – Founder of Open Arms and former Action Letting resident
Joe – Action Language volunteer teacher
Andy – Action Hosting volunteer host
Refugee Week is back and this year’s theme is ‘Different pasts, shared futures’. To celebrate the event and raise awareness of the fantastic work being done to support refugees living in the region we are holding a special film night in partnership with The Comfrey Project. The Comfrey Project works with refugees and asylum seekers across allotment sites in Newcastle and Gateshead to improve general well-being, support integration and provide a safe and secure place they can relax and socialise.
The film we have chosen to show is called Grow Your Own (rated PG) and encompasses this year’s theme bringing together people from all walks of life (including a refugee) to interact in the safe place of an allotment. It shows that no matter your past, we can all work together for a positive future.
We are showing the film in The Turbine Hall in The CastleGate (NE1 2JQ). There will be the opportunity to buy popcorn or a drink from our bar before the film starts. After the film there will be a short presentation where The Comfrey Project and Action Foundation will be able to talk about the work that we do and answer any questions the film may have raised.
19:00 – 19:30 – Arrivals and refreshments
19.30 – 21:00 – Grow Your Own screening
21:00 – 21.30 – Presentations from Action Foundation and The Comfrey Project
You can book your free ticket here!
It is all set to be a great evening and we hope to see you there!
This is a free event but there will be the opportunity to donate to either project on the night.
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Senior Support Worker to join our housing team providing support to refugees and destitute asylum seekers in Tyne and Wear.
If you have experience working in a casework environment, experience of leading a team, experience of working with vulnerable adults and a strong awareness of the issues facing refugees and asylum seekers we would love to hear from you!
All details can be found on our recruitment page and applications are closing 6th April 2017 (9:00am)