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Man­jimup Fam­ily Cen­tre has sent out a request for ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est in a new play­group fo­cused on help­ing mi­grant fam­i­lies so­cialise with each other and learn English at the same time.

Fam­ily sup­port worker Ruth Phillips said she hoped enough peo­ple would show in­ter­est in the idea to get it up and run­ning.

“I come into con­tact with a lot of im­mi­grant fam­i­lies and a lot of them have lim­ited English and some of them are also iso­lated with were they live out on farms and places like that,” she said.

“As a re­sult of sev­eral re­quests, we started won­der­ing whether it might be good to have an English lan­guage play­group where speak­ers of other lan­guages can come to­gether and have some so­cial time with peo­ple from their own cul­tures.”

Mrs Phillips said in par­tic­u­lar the young chil­dren in fam­i­lies like this would strug­gle if they were thrown straight into a school where ev­ery­one around them would most likely be speak­ing English.

“It will help the chil­dren with school readi­ness be­cause some of them, if they’ve only been speak­ing their first lan­guage at home, will find it a lit­tle bit hard at four or five to go straight into an English-speak­ing class,” she said.

She said she hoped to trial the pro­gram be­fore Christ­mas.

If enough peo­ple ex­press in­ter­est Mrs Phillips would like to con­tinue the pro­gram in the new year.

Pic­ture: Holly Thomp­son

Man­jimup Fam­ily Cen­tre fam­ily sup­port worker Ruth Phillips wants to set up a play­group aimed at help­ing mi­grant fam­i­lies with English.

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