Brushstrokes Community Project


At Brushstrokes we offer a holistic service to asylum seekers, refugees and migrants which includes ESOL, various advice services, resources, digital skills and employment support.


The ESOL provision at Brushstrokes is a free service. Lessons cater for those from Foundation (pre-entry) to Entry Level 3.

Most lessons are delivered in person. However, the provision includes an online conversation class, with other online classes being developed. Lessons are informal and delivered by a team of committed and passionate volunteers.

If you join an ESOL class at Brushstrokes, you will benefit from:

  • Small informal classes
  • Access to wider Brushstrokes services
  • The option to take exams.

Brushstrokes also offer fully-funded IELTS and OET programmes for professionals.

We have no criteria for acceptance onto any of our ESOL courses but prioritise asylum seekers wherever possible.

Our largest ESOL cohort is always beginners and we encourage learners to access college provision when they feel confident to do so. ESOL courses range from beginners to Entry 3 including a pre-entry class to help people with no reading skills.