Our History

SAVTE has a proud history and was established in Sheffield in 1974, where hard working, socially minded ‘Sheffielders’ working in the steel industry noticed many Yemeni shift workers were not developing their English skills because of their shift patterns. 

Hundreds of learners have benefited from the hard work that SAVTE has accomplished over the years.

In response, “The Home Learning Project” (as it was called then) was quickly established and sent many enthusiastic and encouraging volunteers into steel workers homes to help them and their families learn English. The project was an immediate success.

SAVTE has grown since then, both in experience and reputation, to become the leading association in Sheffield, vigorously recruiting (volunteer) tutors from across the city to teach to an ever increasing wider range of learners in their homes or accessible community settings..

Thousands of learners have benefited from the hard work that SAVTE has accomplished over the years.

We are very proud to say that the previous manager, Ms Sara Saxon’s work with SAVTE and the local community was recently brought to the attention of Her Majesty, the Queen who in response, invited Sara to Buckingham Palace to celebrate, and honour the work that has been done.

The Rt Hon. the Lord Blunkett, is currently the Patron of SAVTE.

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Patron:  The Rt Hon. the Lord Blunkett
Registered Charity No. 1081597 – Company No. 3865216