June 26, 2023

NAG is delighted to award the 2023 NAG Public Libraries Project of the Year Grant to Oldham Libraries for their Language Barrier Breakers project.

This work will support vulnerable ethnic minority residents to easily access library resources that develop English Language Skills, promote social integration, and support their wellbeing. The project will receive £5000 to enable them to offer a range of bespoke wordplay, conversation, and craft activities for weekly English and support sessions.  The money will support the purchase of infrastructure items like tablets and course materials but also offer broader training and awareness for all staff to ensure everyone feels confident approaching the challenge of language barriers.

The project will be presented to other NAG members at an event in 2024 and will be featured in our Members’ journal Taking Stock to enable sharing and discussion.