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June 2021

Refugee Week 2021

Refugee Week is a UK-wide festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and people seeking sanctuary. Founded in 1998 and held every year around World Refugee Day on the 20 June, Refugee Week is also a growing global movement. This years theme is We Cannot Walk Alone. There is a moment in Martin Luther King’s historic ‘I have a dream’ speech when he turns his attention to the White people who, realising their destiny and that of their Black fellow citizens was intertwined, joined the movement for equal rights. “They have come to realise that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom,” he said. “We cannot walk alone.” His words resonate now as much as they did in the 1960s. Find [...]

English for Life in the UK – Seeking Asylum in the UK, Part 1

Season 2, Episode 24 The right to asylum. How the process I supposed to work. Some of the challenges. The voices of experience from asylum seekers and refugees. Download Transcript Transcript MarkHello, and welcome to the podcast English for Life in the UK. This podcast is for those people who want to improve their English by listening to native speakers, talking about a range of subjects and in doing that, to learn more about life in this country. Those of us who record this podcast either work or volunteer for an organisation called the St Augustine's Centre, which is an independent charity, supporting all those in need in our local area but, in particular, we specialise in support for asylum seekers, refugees and recent [...]

English for Life in the UK – Elections in the UK

Season 2, Episode 23 In May 2021 there were local and mayoral elections in England, national elections in Scotland and Wales. We interview one of the local candidates to find out what it was like. Download Transcript Transcript English for Life in the UK Episode 23:  Elections in the UK Mark Hello, and welcome to the podcast English for Life in the UK. This podcast is for those people who want to improve their English and learn more about life in this country by listening to native English speakers talking in a natural way about a range of subjects. I should apologise for this episode that the sound quality is not as good as we would like. Because of [...]

May 2021

English for Life in the UK – Football in the UK

Season 2, Episode 22 We discuss the recent proposals for a European Super League. The history of some of England’s big clubs including Manchester City and Manchester United. Football related phrases and idioms. Download Transcript Transcript Mark Hello, and welcome to the podcast English for Life in the UK. This podcast is for those people who want to improve their English and at the same time to learn more about life in this country; and, we choose subjects which we hope will be of interest to people, and some of them are linked to the Citizenship Test  that the government has, for those people who want to become British citizens, eventually.  Sheena - what would you say about the [...]

June 2021

Volunteers Week 2021 – Thank You, Trustees!

As part of Volunteers Week, we want to take a moment to recognise the work of our brilliant Board of Trustees who donate their time and expertise behind the scenes. They consistently go above and beyond to support the strategic development of our charity and to ensure we meet the needs of our community. We asked some of our trustees to share a little bit about what they do and what their role means to them. Katie: My great grandparents on both sides of my family were refugees. I know many people who arrived in this country on the Kinder Transport during the 2nd World War and were welcomed, supported and found a safe and purposeful life in the UK. As a [...]

Volunteers Week 2021 – Interview with Ali

As part of Volunteers’ Week, June 1-7, we have been highlighting the amazing work of our volunteers which help us to provide our much-needed services and support. We caught up with one of our volunteers, Ali, to find out a little more about her role and what volunteering means for her. Maybe she’ll inspire you to volunteer, too! Hi, Ali! Where are you from? Hebden Bridge What is your volunteer role? For St. Augustine’s I’m an ESOL tutor, and for the Staying Well Project I’m a Befriender. How long have you been volunteering for St. Augustine’s? Not long! 2 months I think. Why did you decide to volunteer? I was moved to offer my help when we all experienced hardships through [...]

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