Stephen Timms visited Sandringham Primary School earlier today, where he presented certificates to mothers who have been attending English as a Second Language (ESOL) classes. The classes are run by Skills Rethink, an organisation that was set up to teach and provide opportunities for hard to reach communities in East Ham.
During the event, Stephen joined the Headmaster at Sandringham Primary School, Mr Robert Cleary, to congratulate the women who have completed the course and hand certificates to them. All the women on the course were parents of children at the school and had been learning English at the school’s Family Centre.
Skills Rethink works to improve the opportunities for women in East Ham by providing employability skills, ESOL classes and community development events. To date they have supported many families by helping them into paid employment, providing volunteering opportunities and encouraging visits to libraries.
Speaking after the event Stephen said “Skills Rethink is doing a vital job by providing opportunities for women in East Ham to learn English and gain skills in order to find a job. I’d like to congratulate everyone who has taken part in the course and their teachers for their commitment.”