EDC are delighted to be funding a new Conversation Café through our Community Investment Fund. The new initiative from CAS Community Solutions CIC based at the Old Fire Station in Swanscombe, is designed to help residents with English as a second language, build confidence in their English skills.

Starting on Tuesday 19th April 2022, the Conservation Café is a drop-in weekly session from 10am – 12.30pm.

Open to residents of Ebbsfleet Garden City, Swanscombe and Northfleet particularly, the Conversation Café is a friendly, informal way to improve English skills. CAS and EDC recognise that learning English can make a huge difference to people’s lives, making it easier to integrate, gain access to community life and share an understanding of local and wider cultural traditions.

Building English skills can also assist in gaining access to jobs, training and education, increasing people’s ability to upskill and take advantage of the economic growth in the local area. Having jobs available for local residents and local people having the skills needed to create the Garden City is a priority for Ebbsfleet Development Corporation.

Susan Hart of CAS Community Solutions said “The small group sizes, our friendly and experienced tutor and our additional resources, will help people build their English skills and assist in integration into local communities. We’re excited that we’ll be able to help people to help their children at school, build confidence, talk about different cultures, help people play a part in community life, get into employment, training or education and meet new friends.”

Skills Coordinator, Lara Pool of Ebbsfleet Development Corporation said “EDC are delighted to be working with CAS, a local CIC, to assist residents with English skills. The ability to join community activities, play an active part in events and community life, plus the chance to improve skills and take advantage of jobs and training, are vital to social and economic growth and EDC are completely committed to ensuring residents benefit from the economic growth of the new Garden City.”

The Conversation Café is free to attend with funding from Ebbsfleet Development Corporation and residents can attend just 1 or all the sessions.

For further information: info@cas-community.org 01322 389144

Address: CAS Community Solutions, The Old Fire Station, Church Road, Swanscombe, DA10 0HF