Organisation Spotlight: Learn English At Home

Organisation: Learn English at Home (LEAH)

Tell us a little about your organisation:

LEAH recently celebrated its 40th anniversary of supporting adults with their English language skills. We are based in Kingston but support students in both Hounslow and Richmond as well. We offer both 1:1 lessons and classes to support people who often can’t access college courses to improve their English. We aim to facilitate language proficiency and foster integration within the local community.

Why are volunteers valuable to your organisation?

With a dedicated team of approximately 100 volunteers, LEAH welcomes individuals from diverse backgrounds who are passionate about education and community engagement. Whether you’re considering a career in teaching, looking to gain experience, or simply wanting to make a positive impact in your community, LEAH offers a fulfilling volunteering opportunity for you. Many of our tutors, like our students, embarked on their English language journey later in life, enriching their understanding and empathy.

What volunteer role/s do you have available?

We are looking for volunteers who could offer an hour a week to help someone improve their English. No prior teaching experience is necessary as we provide full training (six weekly sessions run online). We actively encourage individuals whose first language is not English to apply.

What advice would you give to someone considering volunteering for your organisation?

Don’t worry if you haven’t taught before! LEAH offers thorough training and ongoing support every step of the way. Your willingness to contribute and make a difference is what matters most.