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May

Zoom cafes for practising English

If English is not your first language there are resources out there to help.

Grampian Regional Equality Council – Grec –  have moved their popular language cafes online using Zoom.

Sessions take place every Thursday from 10:30 am to 12:00 noon to practice speaking English with a specific topic. Meetings are free of cost and can help users to keep improving their language skills and learn more about Aberdeen and the UK.

The topic of each week’s Language Cafe changes and provides a great way to practice English with a fun topic. Zoom is used these on-line meetings and sessions can split participants into smaller groups so that everyone has an opportunity to speak and share their opinions.  Anyone interested in joining, can email  Language-Cafe@grec.co.uk or join our Facebook Group on the link below: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1867066823601064/?source_id=1286998504751445

If English is not your first language, you might not know that Castlehill offers the Happy to Translate service, which helps to bridge communication gaps between organisations and service users who struggle to communicate in English. We want to ensure that everyone has all the information they require regardless of their language or cultural background.  By adopting the Happy to Translate scheme we have frontline staff working with the toolkit giving us many useful ways to help by arranging interpretation or translation.

We want people to feel confident that they can be fully understood, and we do this by using Happy to Translate, promoting equal access to information and services and making sure no one feels marginalised because of a language barrier.