Talk to relevant local people
The first thing you'll need to think about is are
there enough local migrants to warrant a Fáilte
Isteach branch in your community?
Assess the local need by talking to the people
in your community who will know. Talk to local
migrants and people or organisations who are
working with them to understand if English
language classes would be beneficial. You don't
need to show that there is any particular number
of people interested but once you know there are
a small number of people who would benefit then
you'll know there is enough demand to get started.
Once you have established that there is a need
locally, you'll need to figure out who the people
are that can support the project locally in your
This may include local schools, VEC, Local Area
Partnership, Library, Town Council, Migrant
Organisations, Solas, Local Community Groups,
Family Resource Centres or the Local Parish Centre.
Arrange to meet with as many of these groups as
you can and tell them why you think Fáilte Isteach
classes would benefit your community.
When speaking to them, remember the list
of resources you need and ask them if there's
anything they could help with e.g. recruiting
volunteers or finding a venue.
Find a Suitable Venue
The first big step is finding a suitable venue.
This is one which is in a central location, is easily
accessible to those without a car, is able to
accommodate up to 60 people and provides a safe
environment for all. Ideally, this venue would be
accessible free of charge e.g. a local community
centre or resource centre.
Now might be a good time to get
in touch with your mentor who
can give you some tips & advice
on finding a venue. Email [email protected]
changex.org and we'll put you in
Ensuring that the venue has internet connection
will be important for some of the training sessions.
The experience of Fáilte Isteach right across
Ireland is that there is always a location available
free of charge for a community purpose such as
Remember that when you're asking for access to a
venue it's for the benefit of the whole community
and not just for you.
At this stage you might want to visit another Fáilte
Isteach branch to see exactly how it works - you
can find your nearest branch here and arrange a
Find 10 Volunteers &
Once you've confirmed demand and found a
suitable venue the next step will be recruiting your
volunteers to actually deliver the classes.
Volunteers do not require prior teaching
experience or a teaching qualification as all training
is provided. These volunteers may be people
you know in the community or you could look for
volunteers at your local volunteer centre, in a local
active ageing group or some of the people you
spoke to in Step 1 may be able to help you out in
finding the right people.
All volunteers are asked to sign up to and commit
to the volunteer policy and a code of conduct
outlining the values and ethos of the initiative.
You'll be sent a copy of each of these documents
once you sign up to get started.
Fáilte Isteach provides 2 training sessions for all
branches before they commence. Experienced
Fáilte Isteach facilitators will attend the first three
sessions to provide support, guidance and debriefing
to the volunteers.
The first training is an Induction Workshop and
the second is a Tutor Training Workshop which
will both be provided by Fáilte Isteach HQ either
via webinar or in person. Training manuals will be
delivered to you by post in advance of this session.
At this stage you might want to visit
another Fáilte Isteach branch to see exactly
how it works - find your nearest
branch in the locations tab and arrange a visit.
Fáilte Isteach also provides 3 booklets (beginner,
intermediate and advanced) which are used by
both the tutors and students in the classes. These
can be ordered from Fáilte Isteach in advance
of commencing classes. These are provided
free of charge initially by Fáilte Isteach and any
subsequent orders are charged at cost price
(approximately 2 euro per booklet).We recommend
that these booklets are given free of charge to the
tutors, but sold to the students at a cost of 5 euro.
Advertise the Classes
The next step is to set a date for your first class
and start spreading the word!
Get the word out about classes by advertising
in local businesses, community centres, local
newsletters or newspapers. You'll find that once
the classes start word of mouth may be your
strongest way of advertising but it's always
advisable to do some local advertising to get
Some of the groups and people you spoke to
at Step 1 may be able to help you with getting
the word out but a simple notice in any local
newsletters or newspapers will also help.
Teach and Have Fun!
At this stage you'll be all set to start teaching.
Remeber that experienced Fáilte Isteach
facilitators will attend your first 3 sessions to make
sure you feel fully supported and comfortable.
Running Fáilte Isteach classes is often just as
enjoyable and rewarding for the teachers as it is for
Here's what one volunteer said about her
"At this stage in my life, Fáilte Isteach has given
me an outlet to put my skills and experience to
good use. It means a lot, and has given me a lot.
As well as knowing I am helping others, I am also
benefiting greatly – through the friendships I
have made, the different cultures and customs I
have learned about, and through the opportunity
it gives me to continue to do something really
Marcella Sheridan, Fáilte Isteach Volunteer