Working with a single mother and IntoUniversity East to get her son into after school support


"At the end of last year, I was working closely with a single mother from Nigeria. Struggling to make ends meet in Nottingham, Denise and her family came to many of our activities. Denise is a diligent mother, ensuring the kids practice their reading and writing outside of school-time.

When I met Jordan I realised what a smart kid he was, and Denise realised that her English was not going to remain better than Jordan’s for much longer!

Here at the Rainbow Project we share a building with Into University which provide local learning centres for children and young people from 7-18. I took Denise and Jordan along to the Learning Centre in St Ann’s and suggested they sign up for the Academic Support programme where students are invited to the centres to work on school homework or join in with extra activities or projects to support them in achieving their full potential.

Jordan is getting on well there and we’re looking forward to working with Into University again and getting more kids into higher education.

Here’s what one of the support staff at Into University Nottingham East had to say about Jordan, “Last year our teams in Nottingham started working in partnership with the Rainbow project which has recently led to a local Year 5 student accessing our Academic Support after-school support. This student has settled in fantastically and has already joined us for 11 sessions! We are really excited to be working together in our local communities and continuing this partnership in the future.”

Louise and Eva: Befriending and English

With a one-year old son, and her other children in school Eva found it hard to find English classes she could attend.

We paired up Eva with Louise, a previous volunteer at our English classes. Louise worked with Eva over 10-weeks, providing individual English lessons. Her English has massively improved! Louise was also able to act as a befriender and provide advice and guidance to Eva throughout the 10-week period.

Eva: “Louise has been a great teacher, my English is much better now, no one has given me so much homework before”.

I feel this is central to what we do here at Rainbow Project. We work with individuals, everyone is different so each solution is going to be a bit different too - it’s about working with people, to find solutions that play to everyone’s strengths.