ELSH has been active since March 2013 and we became a registered charity in 2019. Our motto is “Bringing communities together through English”. ELSH has developed learning for entry-level education free of charge by teaching the various aspects of the English Language (speaking, reading, listening and writing). We also work in partnership with local agencies and community organisations that help asylum-seekers, refugee children and families to help them overcome the barriers of the language and settle in the local community.

We are proud to have established a fantastic, safe and supportive learning environment for our local vulnerable young people, which allows us to support and help them grow confident, boost their self-esteem and give them the opportunity to develop the learning skills and knowledge they need to progress on to further studies.

We offer work experience, placements and training alongside our lessons in English, Mathematics and IT, which help our students gain employment or further study when they leave ELSH.

Since the Covid-19 pandemic, we have begun offering various health and wellbeing opportunities to our students. This includes weekly fitness sessions in the mornings with our coach Jesse! This is with the aim of improving and maintaining our staff and students’ mental health and wellbeing.

ELSH encourages you to visit us and find out about our free service. You will be introduced to our volunteer team, tour the HUB and take a look around our facilities.

Our Aims

Mission: to provide a positive, safe and stimulating environment for young parents and young people, predominantly asylum seekers, refugees, and migrants not engaged in education, employment or training. To enjoy their learning, achieve their potential, and successfully integrate, become independent and part of the local community.

Vision: Bringing all communities together in Barnsley through English, with the core value of life-long learning for those in need.

Charity Objectives:

To promote social inclusion for those who are excluded on the grounds of their social and economic position. Providing support for functional skills and drop-in support to develop and gain new skills and confidence:

1 – Education and training in the English language and in vocational skills

2 – Social and recreational facilities and events involving the local community