Stanmore Coal is pleased to donate $5,000 towards Moranbah & District Support Services (MDSS) English as a Second Language (ESL) Program to support migrants in the community.
The new ESL program will provide equitable opportunities to community members who might be struggling socially due to communication barriers.
The need to provide language support for migrants in the Moranbah area was identified by MDSS following community focus groups.
Moranbah Youth & Community Centre Manager Anne Meehan said an increased communication capacity will provide a range of benefits for the region.
“Community engagement is the overall desired outcome for the participants of this program. Both program participants and volunteers will strengthen their community connection, which is proven to have positive impacts on an individual’s mental health,” Anne said.
“Importantly, employability for participants will also increase, which could address our rural area skills shortage and may even prevent family relocation.
“Thanks to support from Stanmore Coal, we will be able to allocate staff to the program, provide tutor training to community volunteers, as well as supply learning materials.”
The structure of the program will be completed by end August, with the first learning sessions due to take place before 30 September.