Fáilte Isteach, the voluntary English language programme for adults, is seeking volunteer tutors for the new term.
Tutor orientation and training will take place at Claddagh National School on Thursday 11 April from 7pm to 9pm.
“We need at least ten tutors so the programme can go ahead this year, so we’re making an urgent appeal for volunteers,” explained Programme Facilitator Annie Asgard.
Weekly classes commence on the evening of Monday 15 April.
Fáilte Isteach is a nationwide community initiative where local volunteers welcome migrants through conversational English classes. It utilises the skills, talents and expertise of volunteers and harnesses their desire to contribute positively to society.
“These classes will be available to anyone who wishes to improve their English language skills. We hope that this programme will encourage integration between the local community and those who wish to improve their English language skills in Galway,” said Ms Asgard.
The idea for Fáilte Isteach originally came about when members of the Third Age Foundation in Summerhill, Co Meath identified a need for teaching English language to new members of the community.
Members of the Foundation felt they had the resources in their senior citizens volunteers at the Third Age Centre to deliver such a programme, as well as the enthusiasm and commitment to make sure it was successful. They also saw the programme as an effective and practical means of helping and welcoming new migrants to the local community.