Funding for more English support

Brushstrokes gets funding for more English support from leading Catholic grant-maker

Not being able to communicate well in English is one of the biggest problems encountered by people new to the community of Sandwell. It affects everything: registering with a doctor is difficult, communicating with your children’s teachers is a challenge and catching a bus is tricky if you can’t read the timetables. And these are just three examples.


Now, thanks to new funding from The Charles Plater Trust, Brushstrokes will be increasing the support it provides to migrants, refugees and asylum seekers to communicate well in English and to settle and integrate in Sandwell.



The Charles Plater Trust is providing two years’ funding to increase the number of classes Brushstrokes provides from pre-entry up the most advanced English for health professionals looking to use their skills in the NHS. With this funding, Brushstrokes will be able to help more trained and qualified doctors to get the English support they need. It will enable Brushstrokes to create a new community hub for ESOL, so the project can bring more ESOL classes, education and skills development closer to home to more local people. There’ll be new conversation classes to provide much-needed opportunities to practise English as well as make friends and socialise. In addition to dedicated English support, Brushstrokes will be able to increase the holistic support it offers to help people access services and get the help they need, when they need it.

This film shows the benefits of this support:

In addition, this funding will enable ESOL Coordinator Jane Allsopp to continue to work strategically across Sandwell supporting community organisations to increase and improve their ESOL provision to support more people.

Project Manager Dave Newall says: “We are so grateful to the Charles Plater Trust for their funding of this two-year project. More and more people need support to improve their English so they can adjust to living here in Sandwell and get involved in the community through work and volunteering. When people are settled and involved, everyone wins. This grant is crucial to this work starting.”

Brushstrokes was just one of eight organisations to be chosen for funding by the Charles Plater Trust this year. You can find out more about the other projects here.