Brian Helsdon
Brian Helsdon

Brian writes:

In my day job I was as a civil servant. I spent 38 years working mainly in training and education programmes for both young people and adults.

I have worked all over the country starting in the unemployment benefit office in Swansea and finishing in Sheffield with responsibility for the local authority run adult and community learning programme across England.

When I retired ten years ago I decided that I wanted to become a teacher of English as a Foreign Language and I gained the Cambridge University Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA).

The teaching abroad that this fitted me for didn’t happen for various reasons. Instead I have taught ESOL on a voluntary basis in Sheffield, both classes and 1:1 including volunteering for SAVTE.

Through this I have been involved with a number of organisations particularly those helping refugees and asylum seekers.

Apart from SAVTE, I am a trustee of Sheffield Conversation Club which brings together non-native speakers, mainly refugees and asylum seekers, with local volunteers through conversation and other activities such as local walks and seaside trips.