Social Impact Award - Sponsored by the Workers' Educational Association (WEA)

Tatiana Blom

2016 Regional Winner

Tatiana moved to the UK in 2011. She is fluent in Greek, French and Swahili, but without the English language upon arrival, she was unable to find a job.

After enrolling on an ESOL class her English improved and confidence grew. However, with a lack of experience holding her back, she was determined to use her learning to gain confidence, build her CV and help other learners.

After completing her Level 2 literacy, Tatiana went on to study Level 1 ITQ and Level 2 interpreting. Knowing she still needed work experience, she offered to volunteer at the ITQ sessions at Longsight Library in Manchester, which not only led to her supporting learners to achieve the qualification, but also saw her running question and answer sessions.

Tatiana’s volunteering has since mushroomed to include working with pre-entry ESOL learners for the Talk English project, holding ESOL surgeries to help learners with grammar and punctuation, welcoming students on enrolment day, and staffing stalls at library events and open days.

Tatiana is now hoping to gain employment at the library. She said “My hope is to secure paid employment to support my young son and family, using my extensive language knowledge.”

Joanne, Tatiana’s nominator said Tatiana has a huge impact on the lives of people in Manchester, and Longsight especially. Every day she helps not only the staff but the learners in every way possible. Her devotion to the centre is endless.”