ELSH is based in Barnsley, South Yorkshire and was founded by Florentine Bootha-King in 2013 becoming a registered charity in October 2019.
Florentine achieved a Master of Education in International Teaching and had the vision to use her qualifications in order ‘’to bring all communities together in Barnsley through the English language, with a foundation of valued life-long learning for those adults truly in need within the community’’.
The mission of ELSH is ‘’to provide a positive, safe and stimulating environment for young parents, young adults not actively engaged in education, employment or training, asylum seekers, refugees and migrants to enjoy their learning, achieve their potential, and to successfully integrate, become independent and part of the local community.
ELSH provide free Entry 1, 2 and 3 ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) in addition to basic Maths and IT skills. ELSH also provides access to valuable resources for the local refugee and migrant community to help secure not only settlement in the UK where required, but also housing and advice on how to find employment or further education.
The Charity achieves this in an environment where people can meet others faced with similar challenges and who are looking to integrate successfully into the local community. There are no lengthy assessment periods so that ELSH can provide the support required quickly for those in need.