1. Has been in existence 44 years – established in 1974 to provide English lessons in the home for Yemeni steelworkers who could not access English classes due to shift patterns.
2. Our core business is providing one to one tuition in homes for people who cannot access mainstream classes because of health issues, lack of confidence or care responsibilities. 80% of our learners are women, 45% of our learners describe themselves as disabled, and more than half of our learners are refugees or Asylum Seekers (we currently have 30 learners of Syrian origin). We also manage entry-level English classes for Sheffield City Council and run conversation groups.
3. SAVTE teaches anyone regardless of their status – refugees, asylum seekers (including destitute) and spouses, people who have been trafficked, carers of young children, carers of disabled /ill adults, people with mental health conditions such as agoraphobia, PTSD, anxiety and depression.
SAVTE was established in 1974 to provide English lessons in the home for Yemeni steelworkers who could not access English classes due to shift patterns.
4. Learners are at the heart of everything we do – our aim is to empower learners through the development of language skills so they can integrate into community life. We want learners to progress onto other opportunities. This year, for example – 7 one-to-one learners have progressed onto formal courses, 47 learners progressed up a level, and 5 onto Sheffield College courses. We now are actively encouraging learners to access conversation groups and volunteering
We currently have 106 active volunteer tutors, delivering 105 one-to-one sessions and 16 conversation groups a week.
5. We currently have 106 active volunteer tutors, delivering 105 one-to-one sessions and 16 conversation groups a week. We recruit volunteers from all over the city and from a wide range of backgrounds.
6. SAVTE delivers its own bespoke Volunteer Training courses –and provides continuing development for volunteers. We trained 61 new volunteers last year and 82% said they felt more confident to teach after the course; currently, 64% continue volunteering after 6 months.
7. For many years we have benefited from Sheffield City Council’s major contribution to our core costs as well as from our contracts with them. This has enabled us to bid for funding from other sources: we are currently funded by Sheffield Council, Big Lottery Fund and Asylum and Migration Impact Fund. We have secured funding to expand delivery with Syrian Refugees in the city.
8. We are looking to generate public support to enable us to develop a good stock of resources, set up a ‘learner support fund’ and provide a range of activities for our conversation groups – such as trips to the countryside or theatre.
9. Plans for the coming year include: developing more conversation groups, diversifying volunteer roles, developing work that supports mental health, developing ESOL courses that support refugee integration, providing better opportunities for learners who face barriers due to childcare, deliver combined ESOL and family learning and develop more bespoke work with the Roma Community.
10. Our Learner Nimo Ibrahim won one of the ‘Learner of the Year’ awards at the SCC Adult Learners Celebration in June 2018. Read her inspiring story here