A.R.A.B Project (Arabian Road to Aspiration and Belief)


The ARAB Project, is funded by The Big Lottery Fund, and brings an exciting programme of activities designed to support Arabic Speaking people living in Sandwell into employment, volunteering or taking an active part in their community by reducing their social isolation.

FREE ENGLISH FOR SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES (ESOL)

If you live in Sandwell and need to improve your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, come and learn new skills and make new friends. Our courses are run in warm and friendly environments within the Smethwick, West Bromwich and Cradley Heath areas. Some of our classes are run for women only. You will be able to take an exam and get a nationally recognised qualification. Before you join our ESOL classes you will need to come to an advice and assessment session.

About the Classes

ABOUT THE CLASSES

Areas:
West Bromwich
Cradley Heath
Smethwick

Start date:
September
January
April

Times:
Classes are held on weekdays during the day and we have 3 or 4 lessons running each week.

Levels:
There are ESOL courses at the following levels:

  • Entry 1
  • Entry 2
  • Entry 3/Level 1

We offer small class sizes and personal support for every student.

THE YCA VOLUNTEER & BUDDY SERVICE

The YCA’s free Volunteer & Buddy Service is open to people living in Sandwell who need help and support to maintain independence through improving their English speaking, reading and writing skills, help with employment or career paths or to become more involved in their local community.

Our volunteer buddy’s can offer support in a number of ways. For example, volunteers check in over the phone, to see how users of the service are doing and to assess their needs. Our Buddy’s can meet you on a one to one basis or as part of a group activity in a mutually agreed place.  Our volunteers also take part in assisting ESOL tutors and other learning providers support students in activities that help improve confidence and help them move on positively with their lives.

DO YOU WANT TO BECOME A YCA VOLUNTEER BUDDY

The YCA are always on the lookout for new volunteers.  We believe the people most suited to befriending are those who are interested in other people, are good listeners, are reliable, and have 2-3 hours to commit each week. Often previous experience is not needed, we will provide free training. It's more about who you are than what you've done. Volunteering as a Buddy is a chance to give something as a volunteer through your time and commitment and every Volunteer has stories of what they get back in return.

EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT PROJECT

If you want support getting into work, returning to work or need help to progress in your current role.  The Employment Support Project can provide you with:

  • Weekly job club on Monday mornings 9.30 – 11:00am by appointment, offering support to help with job searches, using computers, writing a CV, completing an application form and help through the interview process
  • Information and support sessions which are arranged with Skills & Development Project Manager
  • An personal development action plan to ensure correct advice and support
  • Advice on training courses accredited and non-accredited provided by the YCA and it’s partners
  • Free confidential support to develop a realistic personal career plan that will help you get a job
  • Help to find work experience placements
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Accredited and non-accredited courses

HEALTH & WELL-BEING

This programme is about inspiring people to get active, eat more healthily, learn new skills and discover new opportunities, through.

  • Volunteering as one of our Buddy’s

Our volunteer buddy’s offer support in a number of ways. For example, volunteers check in with their paired individual to see how users of the service are doing and to assess their needs.  They take part in assisting ESOL tutors and other learning providers support students in activities that help improve confidence and help them move on positively with their lives.

  • Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds for Women

We support a range of projects aimed specifically at women, encouraging healthy eating, fitness and exercise, and better mental wellbeing. We also train women to run their own projects.

  • Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds for Men

We support a range of projects aimed specifically at Men, encouraging healthy eating, fitness and exercise, and better mental wellbeing. We also offer training to men to run their own projects.

  • Creative Wellbeing

This project targets isolated people and encourages them to get involved in creative activities such as arts and crafts, sewing, storytelling and poetry to help improve their confidence, physical and mental wellbeing.

  • Confidence Building

This project targets isolated people and families and encourages them to get involved in creative activities to help improve their confidence, meet new people and learn new skills.

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