Fáilte Isteach's graduation
Students and volunteer tutors from Fáilte Isteach Bray & Kilcoole conversational English language project celebrated the end of another successful year recently and received their certificates at presentation ceremonies.
The project is run by Bray Area Partnership as part of its SICAP programme. Classes take place in St Peter's Parish Centre and St Kilian's Community School in Bray, and Kilcoole Community Centre.
The idea of Fáilte Isteach is that people volunteer their time to teach practical conversational English to people from other countries who live and work in their community. Improving their English helps students participate more fully in society, take part in further education and gain employment. The word Fáilte describes the spirit of the project - welcome to the community. Classes are free (with a €3 donation per class requested for costs) and take place through friendly small group conversations over a cup of tea.
'Students and volunteers have benefited so much from taking part", said Lorna Lafferty from Bray Area Partnership, 'developing skills and also making friends with neighbours from different backgrounds.'
Fáilte Isteach Bray and Kilcoole is part of a national Third Age Ireland initiative, funded through the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme.