Serving up an English lesson
THANKS to About Time lunch club there are a lot more people in the Plymouth community able to speak English.
The group runs language classes twice a week which have proved a lifeline for low-income people.
Marlene Schuster, one of the people who runs About Time, said: "Speaking English is vital for people to be included in society and make friends."
But the group would not be able to run if it weren't for charity grants – like the £1,000 it received from Comic Relief last year.
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That is why they are encouraging other groups to get their name in the hat for a share of the £50,000 pot to be spent in Plymouth.
Comic Relief in partnership with the Devon Community Foundation want to give grants of up to £1,000 to charity groups in this area.
About Time runs twice a week and is attended by around 100 people.
Nationalities who take advantage of the service include German, Somalian, Iranian, Afghan and some African countries.
Marlene continued: "It is not only for people who are destitute but for anyone who needs some help learning the language.
"Increasingly we have elderly English people coming for the meal and offering the benefit of their skills."
To apply for a Comic Relief grant through the Devon Community Foundation log on to www.thisisplymouth.co.uk/rednose