Fáilte Isteach Conversational English Project celebrates another successful year!

Fáilte Isteach group photo

Students and volunteer tutors from our Fáilte Isteach Bray & Kilcoole conversational English language project celebrated the end of another successful year recently and received their certificates at presentation ceremonies (the picture here was taken at the Kilcoole class).

The project is part of our Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme. Classes take place in St. Peter’s Parish Centre and St. Kilian’s Community School in Bray, and Kilcoole Community Centre.

Fáilte Isteach Bray and Kilcoole is part of a wider national Third Age Ireland initiative.  The idea is that people volunteer their time to teach practical conversational English to people from other countries who live and work in their community. Improving their English helps students participate more fully in society, take part in further education and gain employment.  The word Fáilte describes the spirit of the project – welcome to our community. Classes are free (with a €3 donation per class requested) and take place through friendly small group conversations over a cup of tea. 

“Students and volunteers have benefitted so much from taking part over the last year”, says Lorna Lafferty from Bray Area Partnership, “As well as developing their skills they have also made friends with neighbours from different backgrounds.”

Fáilte Isteach Bray and Kilcoole is funded through the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2019-2022. SICAP is funded by the Irish Government through the Department of Rural and Community Development and co-funded by the European Social Fund under the Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-20.