Sheffield volunteer teaching group celebrates 40th anniversary

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A Sheffield teaching group which focuses on some of the city’s most vulnerable people is celebrating its 40th anniversary next month.

Sheffield Association of Voluntary Teachers of English recruits and trains people to teach English to excluded and isolated people.

It aims to help by providing learners with life changing language skills, so they can engage with everyday life in new ways, progress to further training, education and employment and integrate into their local community.

A celebration event is taking place on Tuesday December 9 from noon at The Circle on Rockingham Way in the city centre.

It will include a keynote speech from Louise Ritchie of Sheffield University’s department for lifelong learning.

The association not only works with non-English speakers but with people with disabilities, mental health problems, childcare commitments or low confidence.

Home-based one to one tuition is offered too and tailored to individual circumstances.