Lucy

After I left university I lived in Japan for two years where I taught English one to one and enjoyed living in a totally different culture (without a word of Japanese to start with) After I returned I trained as an ESOL teacher and went to work in a refugee centre outside London. We all lived together as one big happy family and I was involved in designing the curriculum, teaching daily, helping our learners adjust to their new life and then resettling them in homes of their own.   

After I left university I lived in Japan for two years where I taught English one to one and enjoyed living in a totally different culture (without a word of Japanese to start with) After I returned I trained as an ESOL teacher and went to work in a refugee centre outside London. We all lived together as one big happy family and I was involved in designing the curriculum, teaching daily, helping our learners adjust to their new life and then resettling them in homes of their own.

After I moved to Sheffield, I trained as a primary school teacher and worked for 17 years in local primary schools. Many of my pupils came from other cultures.

In 2015 I left Primary teaching and started volunteering at St Mary’s where I taught a pre-entry English group on one morning a week. I’ve only been working at SAVTE for a year (as a training and curriculum development worker maternity cover for Hazel) but it’s been an exciting time with  SAVTE expanding and links being made with other similar organisations.

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SAVTE is an incredibly positive place to work with a huge team of excellent and committed volunteers and learners. I’m involved in getting the word out about SAVTE and developing resources (Particularly) on mental health.

I’ve got three grown-up children and in my spare time enjoy potting, gardening and running a busy Airbnb. I’ve lived abroad in Japan and America but for nearly 30 years I’ve happily been in Sheffield.


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