SAVTE’s mission is to support people develop the necessary English language skills to help them gain confidence and become independent, active citizens. Our language volunteers support learners in community settings or their homes. SAVTE welcomes volunteers from any walk of life, who want to help people integrate into Sheffield’s communities.



SAVTE is a Community Development organisation that is committed to addressing barriers to education to make a positive impact on inequalities. We help speakers of other languages take their first steps to develop the necessary skills and confidence to learn Read More …


SAVTE provides a range of English learning opportunities, these may be in the home, in conversation groups or small classes for parents and their young children. Learn at home – Learn in a Conversation Group,  Learn together with your child Read More …


Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, learn new skills, gain confidence and experience, and provide much-needed support to people who are feeling isolated because of their English language ability. Through supporting learners either in their homes Read More …

Projects & Resources

Our projects showcase some of the areas where we have developed provision in response to specific community needs, whether that is in response to the far reaching  impact of coronavirus or the fact that lack of childcare is a huge Read More …

Covid-19 Response

These are unprecedented times and protecting the health and safety of all our learners, volunteers and communities is paramount to SAVTE .

All our provision is now online. This will continue for the foreseeable future, although we will continue to monitor and follow the Public Health guidance on social distancing, it is highly unlikely we will be able to provide any 1:1 support in our learners’ homes until spring 2021.

We welcome applications from anyone who would like to volunteer and support a learner via the internet.  During lockdown we developed new ways of working including online resources and training courses, Please see our “SAVTE online” page for details of our current activities.

Many of our learners have been further disadvantaged by lack of access to digital technology or data and we are grateful to The National Community Lottery for funding to provide laptops and smart phones. for 60 learners.

For a quick introduction to SAVTE   Watch our video here

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