FREE language lessons have been offered to people who may be disadvantaged by their inability to speak English.

The sessions are being run by Janice Watts who has been teaching English as a foreign language for 5 years and began by teaching in schools in Thailand before becoming involved with teaching refugees through the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme.

Through this she says she recognised the need for English teaching to promote positive integration and employment opportunity.

She has promised Malvern residents who are at disadvantage through language barriers that the free English language sessions will be offered within a safe, fun and welcoming environment that values equality and diversity.

Mrs Watts said: “Our course is full of people from all different nationalities.

“Worcestershire is home to many different cultures and faiths and it is nationally recognised that there is a shortage of English language provision.

“This can lead to people feeling isolated and unable to secure work and fulfil their aspirations.

"The project is supporting the removal of these barriers.

“We currently have 45 students studying with us which emphasises the clear need for projects such as this.”

The course uses qualified English teachers on a voluntary basis and aims to support people who don’t have English as their first language, and those who want to improve their current English-speaking ability.

The project runs from the Eden Centre in Groveswood Road, Malvern on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9.30am to 12.30pm during term time.

There is no charge for tuition.

The project is paid for thanks to funding through the National Lottery 'Awards for All' funding scheme and a Santander Foundation Discovery Grant.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the lessons should contact Jan Watts on 07534485487 or e-mail