ESOL Perth aims to “enable language acquisition for those who are not able to access college or school, thus enabling integration, cohesion and strength in the community”. It delivers around 30 hours of ESOL teaching every week. Alongside various classes, it also offers coffee and conversation evenings, day trips, and works in schools. More than two thirds of the students who benefit are from migrant communities.
In October 2019, the Foundation offered £1,500 funding towards the costs of assisting the group to take up an allotment space. The provision of an outside space and gardening activities will provide opportunities to engage in English conversation and build on the more formal classes. In addition, attending the allotment will benefit participants through improving mental wellbeing, reduce isolation, and create a healthy outdoor activity.