Fáilte Isteach started in 2006 as often new migrants in a community experience difficulties in their social and working lives due to limited or non-existent English language skills. Everyday activities, for example, visiting the GP, assisting children with homework, shopping, accessing rights and entitlements, understanding correspondence from schools, employers and other institutions are all extremely difficult if comprehension or expression is limited. Research often indicates that local, accessible classes for new migrants are limited, and also that communities benefit greatly from the greater participation and engagement of migrants. Fáilte Isteach addresses this need by utilising the skills of the local older population to reach out and welcome migrants through English language classes.
What you can do
Learn how to start Fáilte Isteach in your local community by downloading our How-To Guide below and once you're ready to get started, click on Start Your Own.