Migrants and refugees living in West Essex are receiving increased support to help them improve their English skills and integrate into their local communities, with help from a charity.
Integration Support Services (ISS) was founded in 2005 by a group of refugees and migrants and recently received Â£ 20,000 from the independent charitable Essex Community Foundation (ECF), to organize a series of ESL courses ( ESOL). in line.
Their work focuses on supporting the successful integration of migrants, refugees, minority ethnic communities and groups in Essex and Hertfordshire.
They also provide employment advice, help with filling out forms, and family and individual intake sessions.
Sangita Mittra, Managing Director of ISS, said: âMany of our clients speak very limited English and are unable to access traditional services or participate in their new local community due to language barriers.
âThe courses improve our learners’ understanding of written and oral English, helping them to defend, integrate and find paid employment for themselves, without the need for interpreters, while reducing the need for public aid.
âWe also offer advice and guidance on a range of topics and with our current staff and volunteer capabilities, we can provide multilingual support in up to 15 languages. ”
If you are a customer and need help with any integration issues, call ISS on 01279 639442.
If your local volunteer organization needs funding to support your work, contact ECF on 01245 356018 or visit www.essexcommunityfoundation.org.uk for more information.