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

Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle & Preston

Andrea Cowton, Area Lead


Ebrahimz Loonat, Kirklees Council, Project Lead

01484 221000 ext 72528

Terry Lawless, Kirklees Council, Project Coordinator

01484 221000

Simon Ashbee, Paddock Community Trust, Managing Director

01484 431400

Josh Holgate, Paddock Community Trust, Administrator

01484 431400


Kate Lloyd and Lisa Robinson, Manchester Coordinators

Raha Siddiqui, Manchester Administrative Assistant


Simon Bennett, Oldham Coordinator

0161 770 8033

Yvette Cotman, Oldham Area Coordinator

0161 770 1460


Ruhena Begum, Rochdale Coordinator

Saira Banu, Rochdale 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

Shirley Allen-Jackson, Project Coordinator


Peter Griffiths, Bolton College

Sundus Ameer, Bolton Area Coordinator

01204 482 920


Jo Porrino, Adult Learning Manager

Westminster, London

Jassey Parmar, Community Learning Manager

Hounslow, London

Susan Perry, Hounslow Borough of London Coordinator

Harrow, London

Neelam Naniwadekar, Harrow Coordinator


Geeta Bhucher, ESOL Manager


Neena Chauhan, Fircroft College



Suzannah Redmond, Salford Coordinators


Rachel Loxston, Area Lead


Joseph Freeman, Area Lead


Judith Heywood, Area Lead