North Lynn programme helps immigrants

Helping run the Hanseatic Union Language Programme at the North Lynn Discovery Centre are, from left, Ioana Bardoc, Julie Chaplin, Roberta Tarasoviene and Jurate Smulkiene, pictured with client Besime Toprak.
Helping run the Hanseatic Union Language Programme at the North Lynn Discovery Centre are, from left, Ioana Bardoc, Julie Chaplin, Roberta Tarasoviene and Jurate Smulkiene, pictured with client Besime Toprak.
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A language project which aims to help migrants “find themselves” while gaining skills for employment has had a successful start.

A number of people have already been helped into employment, and gained increased confidence, since the Hanseatic Union Language Programme was launched at the North Lynn Discovery Centre in February.

Thanks to funding from the European Union, the project is continuing for the foreseeable future – and unemployed residents looking for help are being urged to get involved.

Most people who attend the sessions are referred through the Job Centre, but anyone who is unemployed or works less than 16 hours a week is welcome to sign up.

Project trainer and translator Ioana Bardoc said it is open to both migrants and English residents, although its main aim is to help those who have English as a second language.

She said: “The project is all about bringing people closer to employment, no matter what their race or background.

“It’s also about communicating with different cultures. People often come here and lose their sense of identity. They can’t find themselves in the people surrounding them because they’re so different, so it’s about increasing confidence as well as skills.”

The project offers individual support, including CV writing and interview techniques, free ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes, and training opportunities through work experience and volunteering.

For more information visit the Discovery Centre in Columbia Way or contact 07572 406801.