On 22 December Union Learn delivered an inaugural Festival of Learning in conjunction with Unite which followed two previous events sponsored by the BSU YouLearn Union Learning Fund
The event was delivered by project officers, Matt Pointon and Mark Rowe and was attended by 29 Asha service users.
Asha had requested an input on recycling and why it matters and this session was shared with Stoke Council’s Recycling team. It was an eye opener for participants most of whom hadn’t really got a grip on why recycling is important and the trouble residents can get into for not using their bins correctly. One participant commented “No-one has ever explained all this to me ever before and I have been in this country for six months.”
Another session discussed work and the role of trade unions and most of the information was completely new to the participants. They had heard about trade unions but were amazed at their actual role and importance in the workplace. When the time arrives to apply for a job an asylum seeker will be better equipped about the world he is moving into.
There was a lively session on ESOL which was of particular benefit for participants who are not yet eligible to enrol for English classes.
Asha is very grateful to Matt and Mark for their inspiring leadership and very pleased that another learning day is on the cards for February.
Finally, a bonus is that the cost of the day includes a budget for Asha to supply lunch. On this occasion, Manjula cooked a lovely curry plus accompaniments and this added a gloss to the whole occasion.