Talk English Here

Do you want to make your business or service more accessible to people who are learning English? Do your staff need help communicating with people who don't speak English well?

We can train your staff to be ‘sympathetic listeners’, enabling more people with low levels of English to try out their English in real-life situations and access services.

What does the training involve?

We have a selection of activities that we can tailor to the needs and roles of your staff.  In many sessions, trainees learn some basic phrases in an unknown language to experience first hand what it’s like to learn a language, before using this language in a practical situation.  For an idea of the session, take a look at this video:

Would your business like to take part?

If your organisation would like to be part of Talk English Here get in touch with your local Talk English Area Coordinator.

Blackburn with Darwen

Gulnaz Usman, Blackburn with Darwen Coordinator

01254 585446


Evneet Notay, Bradford Administrator

Esther Derbyshire, Bradford Coordinator

Safina Arif, Yorkshire & Humber Regional Quality Coordinator

Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle & Preston

Gill Atkinson, Lancashire Coordinator

Andrea Cowton, Area Lead


Terry Lawless, Kirklees Coordinator

01484 221000

Christina Simpkin, Paddock Community Trust, Project Manager

01484 431400

Josh Holgate, Paddock Community Trust, Administrator

01484 431400

Naheed Hussain, Ravensthorpe Community Centre

01924 510030

Allison Porter, Kirklees Council Project Lead

01484 221000


Kate Lloyd and Lisa Robinson, Manchester Coordinators

Raha Siddiqui, Manchester Administrative Assistant


Simon Bennett, Oldham Coordinator

0161 770 8033

Afzal Iqbal, Programme Leader

0161 770 8165


Ruhena Begum, Rochdale Coordinator

Saira Banu, Rochdale Coordinator


Safina Arif, Yorkshire & Humber Regional Quality Coordinator

Julie Linley, St Vincents Leeds

Jessica Thompson, PATH Yorkshire

Nasreen Akhtar, Hamara Healthy Living Centre

Calderdale, Wakefield, Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster & Scunthorpe

Rob Hindle, Senior Area Education Manager


Peter Griffiths, Bolton College

Samantha Singh, Bolton Coordinator

Yasmeen Khan, Bolton Ccordinator


Jo Porrino, Adult Learning Manager

Kate Rumbell, Coordinator

Westminster, London

Sandi Hearn, Community Learning Manager

Hounslow, London

Susan Perry, Hounslow Borough of London Coordinator

Camden, London

Helen Holden, Camden Adult Community Learning coordinator

Lilu Dewan, Camden Adult Community Learning coordinator

Harrow, London

Neelam Naniwadekar, Harrow Coordinator

Barking and Dagenham, London

Jose Tapia, Skills for Life Curriculum Manager


Geeta Bhucher, ESOL Manager


Neena Chauhan, Fircroft College



Suzannah Redmond and Andres Mora, Salford Coordinators


Rachel Loxston, Area Lead


Joseph Freeman, Area Lead


Judith Heywood, Area Lead