Community learning

Community Learning

Community Learning in your local area

We run classes in the community across Manchester.  Find out more and how to join on this page. 

Learn English in the community

ESOL for Parents

If you are a parent and carer who wants to improve your English, we offer courses in a range of community venues, schools and children’s centres.

Talk English

Through our Talk English programme, we offer beginner English courses to help you improve your language skills, access services and get more involved in the community.

If you are learning English, you can come along to one of our Talk English Clubs to practise speaking English and meet other people.

If you want to help other people to improve their English, you can volunteer in one of our Talk English Clubs.

To join an ESOL for Parents or Talk English course, complete an assessment on gmesol.org or e-mail communitylearning@manchester.gov.uk

Learning with our partners

We have courses running in community venues with our partners

Back on Track, Sonder Radio, Reform Radio, Sharks Community Trust, Impact For All, Proper Job and Yes

Visit their websites to find out more.

A screenshot of the logos of our seven community learning providers' logos, as listed above

Community Champions

The COVID Chat programme is looking for volunteers to have one-to-one or small group-conversations with people who feel concerned about COVID-19 and the vaccine.  A COVID Chat is a conversation with someone trusted about:

  • COVID facts to keep people safe.
  • Any doubts or questions or worries people may have.
  • What really matters most to people when it comes to COVID-19.
  • Why people have or haven’t had the vaccine yet.

If you want to be a COVID Chatter, you’ll need to be a good listener, easy to talk to, confident, credible and able to relate to people from African, Bangladeshi, Caribbean and Pakistani backgrounds, as we know that COVID-19 has affected these communities more severely than others.

You’ll get free training to help you to develop the skills and knowledge you need to have a COVID Chat.  You’ll also get ongoing support from a Volunteer Coordinator to help to in your role.

To find out more and get involved, contact Bhupendra Mistry by emailing bhupendra.mistry@nhs.net or calling 07929 717 881.

Volunteering opportunities

We have other volunteer opportunities for people who would like to help others while improving their own skills and gaining new experiences.

You can volunteer to help others improve their digital skills or improve their reading or maths skills.

Full training and support is available if you are interested in volunteering with us.