Sanctuary in Chichester volunteers meet regularly with young refugees who need to speak and write English better. A group meets every Friday afternoon. Some of the people of Chichester sit with young people from different countries such as Syria, Iran and Eritrea and spend a couple of hours chatting.

It’s a great way to get to know each other and to build common bonds.

Ian Macauley volunteers with the language group.
ian_sanctuary_volunteer2“We do group work and we prepare different subjects to discuss like cooking, engine maintenance, hairdressing or football coaching.

We don’t teach them English one word after another but get them in an environment where they can listen, learn and speak English themselves. It’s good to see it grow.

One young man, his English was very poor six months ago and now he can chat away with his friend happily. We’re only a small part of this, as college is a big part, but it all helps.”

Read about a local trip to the Novium Museum with the young people.

If you want to get involved, please email Roger Pask on

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