There’s a new way to E.A.T. in Geelong, so why not get involved?! “E.A.T. is a weekly meal that enables new migrants including refugees and asylum seekers to broaden connection and social supports in the Geelong Area.” Coordinator Jaki Kuiper tells us about a new OneCare initiative called E.A.T. (English Around the Table).
In addition to sharing a meal and practising conversational English, E.A.T. aims to support the development of English language skills by offering a homework club for school aged students during the food preparation time, and after dinner ‘Literacy Circles’, where texts can be read and discussed by both adults and children.
“This will enable all family members to participate.” Jaki says, adding that reading through a story and discussing it with others “helps with not only English language learning, but also understanding the text in their own words.”
Volunteers and participants are encouraged to come along every Tuesday from 4:45pm for Kids Club/ Homework Club and food preparation, and enjoy the community meal at 6pm.
“There are a lot of layers to this program, but we think this is a great opportunity to walk alongside those who are on the outside in our communities. We are providing a safe place in which people can get connected and feel safe.”
Every Tuesday (except Public Holidays) from 4:45pm, meal time 6pm.
61 Candover St, Geelong West
Please contact Jaki Kuiper firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Story: Sarah Treacy. Photos: Phil Hines