Skills for life

Funding level: Up to £1,000

Description

Se Habla Español en Sheffield – SHES (which translates to Spanish is Spoken in Sheffield) is a community group. It functions as a complimentary Spanish Language School for children of Spanish speaking heritage in Sheffield and South Yorkshire. A key mission for SHES is inclusion of all families of hispanic origin irrespective of their economic status, making the Spanish school accessible to all children of Spanish speaking heritage in South Yorkshire.

SHES was established in January 2011 by a small group of parents who wanted to pass on their language and heritage to their young children, and it is now entirely run by a management committee made up of four parent volunteers. The complimentary school is open every Saturday from 10 am to 12 noon, when parents get together with the children to share Hispanic traditions and culture.

SHES also provide an hour of structured classroom language learning for school aged children. In order to run the Spanish language classes SHES recruit volunteer Spanish tutors (to date this has included ERASMUS students, University language students and parents who have donated their time to teaching) and also professional tutors. The children are taught valuable reading and writing skills and develop their speaking and listening skills which are mainly inherited from Hispanic home environment.

For the classroom learning, we split the children up into groups according to their ability and age. The youngest group is open to babies and is for children up until they start school. This group is led by parent volunteers who take turns to read picture books to the children, sing traditional Hispanic nursery rhymes and play Hispanic playground games. Following on from the baby and toddler group we have three groups based in classrooms. The ages and abilities of the three groups are roughly equivalent to the UK Key Stage 1, 2 and 3 age groups. The group for the eldest children is aimed at preparing the students to sit their Spanish GCSE in advance of their other GCSE subjects where possible.

We have over 60 families registered with us who travel from various locations around South Yorkshire including Dronfield, Pennistone, Swallownest and Rotherham. and to our knowledge there is no other group in this region which serves the purpose of building on existing Spanish language skills to help generate truly bilingual children (which is an asset for the region and will no doubt play a role in developing international links for the region in the future).

Families experiencing financial difficulties can make a financial contribution to the group based on their circumstances. To this end we ask only for a very small contribution from the families that attend each Saturday. The contributions are used to cover the expenses but with increasing room hire fees, we will be forced to increase the contribution requested from each family.

Currently we are a member of Languages Sheffield and have received small grants from them, but sadly Languages Sheffield will soon be shut down. We also receive support in the form of educational material from the Mexican Embassy, strengthening foreign links with Sheffield. Our running costs, for which we are seeking funding, include hall rental fees (Broomhall Centre), Tutor fees (professional tutors are used to ensure the best possible language development for the children), insurance and membership fees (we have achieved a Bronze award from the Quality Framework for Complementary School) and resources (text books, educational material etc..).

An award of £1000 will allow us to cover the room hire for the whole academic year, allowing us to keep the entry fee low to cover the rest of the running costs and also offer free places for those families experiencing financial difficulties.

We encourage you to browse through our website where you will get a better idea of what we do.

Se habla español en Sheffield

Location: Sheffield

We started in 2011 with a small group of children, and we have now 62 families registered from all over Sheffield and South Yorkshire, including families from very disadvantaged areas. We have a very enthusiastic and passionate group of volunteers with a drive to provide our children skills for live
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