Wednesday 2nd May 4.30pm-6.30pm
Fantastic event last night organised by Learning Unlimited on a new toolkit aimed at volunteers supporting newly arrived people.
On Wednesday 2nd May 2018 Learning Unlimited organised a dissemination event on the Council of Europe’s new online toolkit LANGUAGE SUPPORT FOR ADULT REFUGEES. This free event at Europe House, run in partnership with the Council of Europe and with support from the European Commission, was very well attended despite the monsoon-like rain earlier that afternoon! It was rewarding to see so many people representing such a wide range of organisations from different parts of the country – volunteers, conversation club and volunteer organisers, voluntary and community-based organisations, universities, Local Authorities and more.
There was a lot of interest in finding out about and discussing this valuable new resource, which is free to download and available in seven languages: https://www.coe.int/en/web/language-support-for-adult-refugees. It was also a great opportunity to hear directly from Richard Rossner, a member of the Council of Europe’s LIAM (Linguistic Integration of Adult Migrants) co-ordinating group. Richard gave a very interesting background and introduction to the online toolkit as well as clarifying the difference between multilingualism and plurilingualism!
There was very positive feedback about the toolkit, its comprehensive content and clear layout, and the fact that as well as PDFs there are authorable word versions of each tool. Colleagues shared ideas about how the resources could be adapted and supplemented in relation to, for example, the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) criteria in the UK and the wide range of personal issues affecting the lives of individual refugees. Participants also underlined the importance of providing volunteers, where possible, with a guided introduction to the toolkit facilitated opportunities to familiarise themselves with the content and approaches.
Great event and an excellent opportunity to find out about new resources, tools and methods and meet with other professionals.
For more information about LIAM, please see https://www.coe.int/en/web/lang-migrants