7 March 2017: The e3 Celebration
The Evelyn Oldfield Unit’s e3 programme celebration took place on Tuesday 7th March at Resource for London. Almost 150 people, including over 80 learners, came to the celebration which consisted of two main parts: networking and presentations. The aim of the celebration was to give learners an opportunity to network with other programme participants, and to find out about opportunities for progression via further ESOL classes and volunteering.
Learners enjoyed visiting the different stalls run by EOU volunteers, including jewellery-making, cupcake decoration, henna tattoos and a health demonstration.
There was also a variety of informational stands from Transport for London, the Police, Migrant Resource Centre, Forward UK, Adult Community Learning and project partners Ocean Somali Communities Association and J-Go Training. These all provided resources and advice for learners on accessing services in their communities.
Students listened to welcoming speeches delivered by:
Bharat Mehta, CBE
Bharat is Chief Executive at Trust for London. He is a board member of a number of organisations including: Home Group, one of the largest registered social landlords in the country; London Funders; the Social Justice and Human Rights Centre Ltd; and the Resource for London
In January 2000, he was appointed an OBE for services to NSF and the voluntary sector. In June 2016, he was appointed CBE for services to Finance in the Charitable and Voluntary Sectors, as part of the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours.
Mulat is the Director of The Evelyn Oldfield Unit, one of the key second tier voluntary organizations working with Refugee and Migrant Community Organisations in London. In the last 18 years he has worked with a range of voluntary and community organisations in a number of roles. He is Panel member of Investors in People and CES PQASSO Mentor Licencee.
Formerly the Head of a local authority housing development department, Jonathan is the founding director of J-Go Training, managing both the core team and their team of satellite associates when working on large, complex projects.
Finally, there was a presentation from Maria Ferriter and Cheryl Moore from Adult Community Learning Islington. This was a key part of the event which gave learners an overview of different progression opportunities, such as attending further English courses or participating in community volunteering activities.
Presentation of Certificates
Finally, we were pleased to welcome the Worshipful the Mayor of Islington, Kat Fletcher, who presented the e3 learners with their certificates of achievement. After handing out certificates the Mayor spoke with many students and had a selfie taken with all of them!
We would like to extend a huge thank you to all the learners, exhibitors, guest speakers and volunteers who helped make this celebration possible.