Language and skills courses

English language support

A range of English language support is available for Ukrainians in East Sussex. Courses, resources and groups on English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) are on this page.

Level 1 - No English or basic English

  • Pre-entry ESOL programme:
    11 week courses through East Sussex College Group (ESCG) in Hastings and Eastbourne.
  • East Sussex Libraries - Learning
    Our libraries offer free Functional Skills English to level 2, fully accredited. These are in Eastbourne and Hastings libraries or online.
  • Informal conversational classes and cultural awareness input:
    refugee buddy group and local community groups including Sanctuary café, Black Butterfly, refugee buddy project, groundworks, HVA, RVA, 3VA.

Language apps

Level 2 - Some English but needs more to be work-ready or ESOL

  • East Sussex College Group (ESCG) ESOL Accredited courses from September: register your interest for these courses.
  • Sanctuary Cafe, Fridays between 10am and 12 noon at All Souls Church Hall, Wellesley Road, Eastbourne.
  • Ukrainian Café Hub, Robertson Street, Hastings offer conversational English groups Tuesday afternoon 1pm to 4pm.
  • Education Training Consortium Sussex
    Based in Hastings and St Leonards-on-Sea. Offering Beginner-Elementary and Pre-Intermediate English lessons as well as IT lessons. Currently 8 classes per week.
  • Black Butterfly based in Hastings and St Leonards-on-Sea
    Informal conversational classes with project spaces including gardening, cookery, and crafts.
  • Refugee Buddy Project
    Based in Hastings and Rother. Informal English conversation, 1 hour per week, for people who sign up with a buddy. Informal English conversation workshops available on understanding bills, council tax, housing, driving theory.
  • Diversity Resource International based in Lewes. Offering structured classes, internet-based learning, buddying, mentoring and peer support, and informal learning.
  • The Links Project Drop-In, Wednesdays 11am to 3pm at Central Hall, 6B Station Road, Hastings.

Level 3 - Good English/post ESOL/employability support