WHO WE ARE
Over 14 Years of Providing Education
WHO WE ARE
HELP started in 2006 to respond to the need for free English classes in the Harehills area. Classes started at St Aidan’s Church with a handful of learners in one teaching room and a couple of volunteers. Soon the number of learners coming to register doubled and then tripled. More volunteers were recruited and soon there were two classes running at St Aidan’s. It emerged that providing a crèche would enable women from the local area to attend classes and funding from various charities was secured to achieve this. Eventually, three large classes were operating at St Aidan’s along with a thriving crèche.
In 2013 it was decided to branch out and have more classes to meet the increasing demand for free ESOL lessons. HELP approached Trinity United Church which resulted in the creation of two more classes, and the crèche was moved to Trinity into a more suitable area.
Today we have seven different classes and groups running on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10 to 12 noon. There are currently seventeen teacher volunteers and one Project Leader. In 2010 we became a registered charity (1193447) and our chair of trustees, who initially started the project, often visits us, all the while working with a team of dedicated trustees that meets regularly to oversee all aspects of the project and ensure policy is put into practice. She also works with an enthusiastic team of fundraisers who are constantly seeking funds so that our free ESOL classes and free creche are able to continue.
What we do
HELP provides free English classes to anyone over the age of 18 in the Leeds area. Learners are from all over the world. The classes are taught by well qualified and experienced teachers and we provide a crèche for pre-school children aged one year and above. Classes are popular and we sometimes have a waiting list.
Every year we have a visit to the seaside for learners and their families. Other visits also take place such as, to the main library or historic sites.
At the end of the academic year we hold a presentation ceremony and all learners receive a certificate of attendance.
Our terms follow the Leeds schools’ holiday pattern.
We provide a crèche for pre-school children aged one year and above. If you have a child who is given a place at crèche, you will be taken to meet the crèche staff who will help you to settle your child there. We only take pre-school children aged from one year old.
Unfortunately, we cannot accept babies and children of any age in class.