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Thursday 2 October 2014

4th birthday fun for Fáilte Isteach

Published 20/11/2013 | 05:22

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AROUND 45 volunteers and students got together to celebrate the fourth birthday of the innovative community language project Fáilte Isteach recently in Bray, and to mark Social Inclusion Week.

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Around 45 volunteers and students got together to celebrate the fourth birthday of the innovative community language project Fáilte Isteach recently in Bray, and to mark Social Inclusion Week.

People from a wide range of different countries such as China, Spain, Malaysia and Poland wore colourful national costumes and brought along traditional foods from their own country for all to share.

Fáilte Isteach is run by Bray Area Partnership and the idea is that people from the local community volunteer their time to teach practical conversational English to people from other countries who live and work in Bray.

Classes take place in an informal, friendly café style setting through small group conversations over a cup of tea. The project has been a huge success to date, with learners and tutors alike really enjoying the experience.

The benefits for the participants have been many – from the more obvious development of English language and teaching skills to the friendships forged between neighbours from a range of different backgrounds and cultures.

In terms of social inclusion, students get the chance to develop the language skills and social contacts to take part more fully in the locally community and gain employment.

Bray Fáilte Isteach is part of a national initiative, with projects run all around the country.

Classes take place every Wednesday evening from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in term time at St. Peter's Church Parish Centre in Little Bray.

To find out more contact Eileen at the Partnership on (01) 2868266 or log onto www.brayareapartnership.ie.

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