Oasis Language School’s aim is to provide immigrants who settle in Ipswich with high quality English lessons in a setting where they can make friends from across cultures. With their strap line “Communicate to Integrate”, they saw 120 students from over 30 nationalities in their first academic year.
The School runs from 1 Burlington Road, Ipswich, a facility provided by Ipswich International Church. Burlington Baptist Church and Shepherd Drive Baptist Church are also key supporters.
Ipswich Borough Council have encouraged and supported the School with several grants. Linda Pepper (pictured), the School’s Director says. “It has been encouraging to work with Ipswich Borough Council as they have come in to the school to see the work we do. They have recognised the importance of the way we work and the atmosphere we create and have supported us through several grants.”
Linda continues, “We charge minimal fees to help immigrants who cannot afford the fees of commercial language schools and trust in God’s provision for the rest of our income as we apply for grants and look to His people who generously support this strategic work in all sorts of ways.”
One of the highlights of the year was being awarded a certificate by the High Sheriff of Suffolk, in March 2017, just 9 months after being set up as a charity, recognising the positive contribution the School has made in the local community.
Linda teaches at the school, along with eight volunteer teachers, all qualified to teach English as a second language. They also have six volunteers who regularly help by providing a crèche during some lessons. The need is great and they want to do more! They are looking for more teachers (and have a bursary scheme to help with the financial cost of training) and more crèche workers in the academic year ahead, starting in September.
The School operates on Wednesdays and Thursdays. If you would like to find out more take a look at the website www.oasisenglish.org.uk or contact Linda on 01473 270996 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org