Other Sources of Information

Links for ESOL learners and practitioners

ESOL and adult learning in Scotland (and beyond):

Welcoming Our Learners: Scotland's ESOL Strategy  is the Scottish Government's Strategy 2015-2020 on working with adult ESOL learners. Glasgow ESOL Forum are contributing to its implementation through the Professional and Workforce Development working group. Read the Mid-Strategy Review here.

Scottish Qualifications Authority is the body that approves and accredits qualifications, including ESOL in Scotland. Information and resources on ESOL qulaifications from literacies level to Higher can be found here. Glasgow ESOL Forum is a registered SQA centre. 

NATECLA: National Association for Teaching English and Community Languages to Adults is the national forum and professional organisation for ESOL teachers. 

CLD Standards Council is the professional body for people who work or volunteer in Community Learning and Development. 

The Ruth Hayman Trust provides educational grants to adults who have come to settle in the UK and whose first language is not English. 

ESOL and adult learning in Glasgow:

Learn ESOL Glasgow provides information on how to learn ESOL in Glasgow. 

Glasgow's Learning provides information about adult learning in Glasgow. You can join the Adult Learner's Forum, find out about Aye Write Festival and discover learning opportunities and resources.

Glasgow Libraries provides details on finding your local library and events around Glasgow.

Glasgow Women's Library is the only accredited museum in the UK dedicated to women's lives, history and achievements. They have a lending library and host a variety of learning events and ESOL classes. 

Rosemount Lifelong Learning Centre offers adult learning support in the form of courses, employability training, volunteering in the community or family support. 

Policies and legislation:

New Scots Refugee Integration Strategy 2018-2022 is relevant to many ESOL learners in Scotland.  'Language' has been added an additional theme (p51), which includes ESOL and the languages already spoken by New Scots. 

Children's Rights: Glasgow ESOL Forum does not work directly with children but many of our learners, staff and volunteers are parents and as members of Scottish society we all have a responsiblity for the rights and wellbeing of children.  A short training toolkit developed by the Scottish Government, on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) can be accessed here.

The Right to Remain Toolkit is a user-friendly guide for understanding the UK immigration and asylum system. 

Support in Glasgow:

Scottish Refugee Council  support, advice and opportunities for refugees and asylum seekers. This website also has lots of useful information and statistics about the asylum process in Scotland. 

Refugee-led Community Organisations offer opportunities to meet people from back home and share experience, problems and find solutions. 

Refugee Survival Trust is a small charity that provides grants and integrated support services to asylum seekers and refugees living in Scotland. 

Refuweegee is a community-led charity set up to ensure that all refugees arriving in Glasgow are welcomed to the city in true Glaswegian style. 

The Bridges Programmes supports the social, educational and economic integration of refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and anyone for whom English is a second language, living in Glasgow. 

The Unity Centre Glasgow gives practical support and solidarity to all asylum seekers and other migrants in Scotland.

Community InfoSource is a Community Interest Group which aims to connect people and improve lives. 
Glasgow's Advice & Information Network provides advice and information about accessing Universal Credit (UC).
            For free advice, call 0808 801 1011 Mon-Fri 9 am -8 pm, Sat: 10 am-2 pm
            Free Universal Credit Advice Helpline: 0808 169 9901 Mon-Fri 8 am -6 pm

Glasgow's Integration Networks

Glasgow's Integration Networks provide a range of support and social activities aimed at refugees and involving all members of the local communities. See below for more information: 
         Central and West Integration Network based on Rose Street, G3 6RE
         Govan Community Project  G51

Social and Community:

Kinning Park Complex  community arts; volunteering opportunities and fun!

The Space is a pay what you decide communty venue in Glasgow offering ESOL classes, community events and plenty of ways to get involved! 

International Welcome Club is  a free, friendly and fun way to make new friends, connect to local culture and practice English at conversation corners and social nights. 

The Hidden Gardens hosts a wide range of learning and community events in a beautiful greenspace in South Glasgow. 

Volunteer Glasgow hosts a variety of volunteering opportunities. 

Scottish Refugee Council has information sessions for asylum seekers and refugees who would like to volunteer. See their website for dates and times. 


NHS Mental Health services for asylum seekers and refugees  

Freedom From Torture  is a UK wide charity with a base in Glasgow that works with survivors of torture, providing counselling and support. 


Positive Action in Housing  provides a drop-in housing information service.

Aylum Seeker Housing Project provides assistance with reporting issues in housing. For more information, phone 07736 646 197 or email: contact@ashproject.org.uk

The Marie Trust is a Glasgow Based homelessness charity offering a range of person-centred services to prevent and alleviate homelessness and promote social inclusion.

Glasgow Homeless Network has advice on where to find food and support. 

Women's Support: 

Amina The Muslim Women's Resource Centre is a national hub for providing support services for Muslim women within Scotland.

Saheliya is  a specialist mental health and well-being support organisation for black, minority ethnic, asylum seeker, refugee and migrant women and girls (12+) in the Edinburgh and Glasgow area. 

Glasgow Women's Aid   has been supporting women, children and young people who are experiencing Domestic Abuse for over 35 years. 

Rape Crisis Scotland provides a national rape crisis helpline and email support for anyone affected by sexual violence, no matter when or how it happened. 

Glasgow Clyde Rape Crisis is a support organisation for girls and women over 13 who have been raped, sexually assaulted or sexually abused at some point in their lifetime. 

Hemat Gryffe is a women's support organisation for women children and young people from the Asian, black and minority ethnic community who are experiencing of domestic abuse.

ANYiSO provides support for African and ethnic minority women, children and young people to fulfill their potential. 

Soulfood Sisters  is a collective of immigrant women based in Glasgow with a shared passion for good and authentic food. 

Kuche is a social collective which hosts free community meals and offers cooking classes and catering from around the world. 

Please note- this list is ongoing.If you would like your organisation added to this page, please contact Fergus or Aimee

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