Talking Together

English language classes in London, Birmingham, Leicester and Coventry

Talking Together offers informal, everyday language training to marginalised residents - primarily women - who have little or no knowledge of English. Our practical input helps transform lives, open doors and contribute to community integration.

TimeBank’s Talking Together project started in deprived areas of Birmingham in 2014 and has since expanded across London and the West Midlands. As part of that project, 4,600 women completed English classes taught by more than 400 volunteers.

Not knowing the language is isolating, making women dependent on others to do the most basic things like visit the doctor, call the emergency services or discuss their child’s progress at school.

So we are delighted that we have now received funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) to run a new volunteer-led Talking Together project that will reach more than 2,000 women across the West Midlands and London. It will also offer follow up classes to build learners’ confidence in using English including trips to local places of interest, to bring the language to life.

TimeBank will recruit and train volunteers to run the classes and they will be delivered in partnership with local grassroots organisations to help engage the hardest to reach learners, host classes and provide childcare.

If you’d like to get involved in Talking Together, either as a volunteer or local partner, do get in touch!

Volunteer with us!

We are currently recruiting volunteers in Birmingham, Leicester and Coventry. Sorry but we have already recruited our full quota of volunteers for the London Talking Together projects.

The volunteering opportunity is open to anyone over 18 who would like a challenging yet enjoyable volunteering experience, to gain valuable new skills, and boost their CV. You don't need teaching experience - we offer full training. Language trainers will lead classes of up to 10 adults who have little or no spoken English, using a specially designed English course, adapting it as necessary to the requirements of the class. Talking Together language trainers are expected to teach two hour classes, twice a week for a period of six weeks.

We're really proud that our Talking Together project was awarded an Approved Provider Standard (APS), the national quality standard for mentoring and befriending projects.