The award winning Talk English pilot is underway at Derby’s Adult Learning Service with volunteers currently taking part in training sessions to help them teach classes.

The main purpose of the Talk English project is to engage and support individuals to improve their English language skills, encourage them to get more involved in their community and enable them to independently access local services.

The Talk English project is funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and sets out to help people with low levels of English.

In 2015, the Talk English project won Volunteer of the Year (group) Award at Manchester Be Proud Awards and the British Council’s prestigious EL Ton’s Award in Local Innovation.

Talk English classes are delivered by volunteers who undergo training sessions to help guide them in delivering the classes effectively and ensure maximum benefit for people attending.

If you are interested in hosting a Talk English class in your community or you would like more information about the project, please email, or

You can also visit the Talk English website for more information.