The Gift of Words Appeal

We need to raise £75,000 a year to ensure that we can continue to provide free community English classes to asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants in our community here in the North East and we deliver this through our Action Language service.

Action Language Provides a Vital Service and Plugs a Gap

Many people cannot access mainstream funded English classes and so for the past ten years we have been providing a service called Action Language; a welcoming language learning and integration project. We provide free community-led Skills for Life English classes, which are taught by volunteers who are qualified teachers and dedicated assistants, who volunteer their time, in order to plug this gap in provision.  From small beginnings this has grown significantly to the point that last year we enrolled 1,139 learners and ran over 40 classes a week. From our two bases in Newcastle and Sunderland, we provide quality English language teaching to refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants from all over the world. Equipping them with the words they need to navigate everything from housing and health, to study, work, their rights, responsibilities and understanding British (North East) culture.

Language is empowerment. With the right words, you can speak to your doctor alone, talk to your kids’ teacher, forge friendships and apply for a job. Without words, life is lonely and integration in a new country almost impossible.

Please detail the code AP1 when donating.

In 2018 Action Foundation…


refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants access our services.
Volunteers with an estimated value of…

Helped people from…


88 different countries