Voluntary arts and crafts can be a perfect way for people with another first language to feel integrated into the community. This is invaluable, as it allows them to make friends and practice language skills in an informal and non-pressurised environment. It also gives everyone a non-threatening way to learn about and share cultural difference and similarity.

This briefing offers some practical tips on ways to welcome speakers of different languages into your voluntary arts group – as potential arts or crafts participants, volunteers or management committee members – and to help ensure that communication difficulties do not become a barrier preventing them from taking an active role in your group.

This briefing covers:- 

  • Why do we need to act?
  • Easy Ways to be More Inclusive
  • Translation
  • Further Resources

Briefing 134: Welcoming Speakers of Different Languages