Garnethill

St Aloysius Church has been running an ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) school for refugees and asylum seekers since March 2016. From an uncertain start with a handful of students, well over a thousand of them have since arrived at the parish’s doors for instruction in what we might call ‘survival English’, along with ESOL lessons up to intermediate level. Classes of around 60 students take place each weekday from 10.00-12.00 at the Ogilvie Centre, attached to the church. The...
Kevin Wyber with a group of students
The parish community of St Aloysius in Garnethill Glasgow responded with generous and practical help to the needs of mainly Syrian refugees three years ago.  A team of nearly 40 volunteers, led by retired teacher Kevin Wyber, set up an English language school for speakers of other languages (ESOL), which now sees 50 refugees and asylum seekers each week.Thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the volunteers are launching a new project to engage these new members of the Glasgow...