About Mothertongue

Mothertongue is a charity limited by guarantee, governed by a board of trustees. Our belief is that as a truly productive and multi-cultural society we need to find ways of reaching out to each other across cultural divides.

Our Vision

Mothertongue exists to enhance communication, understanding and learning across cultures.

Our Mission

Mothertongue provides culturally sensitive professional services, where people are heard with respect in their chosen language. The charity offers therapeutic holistic support to people, professional development to staff and volunteers and dissemination of learning for the benefit and empowerment of BME communities.

Our Objectives

"The relief of hardship experienced by people from a broad range of cultural/minority ethnic backgrounds, suffering emotional and psychological distress and social exclusion (which can occur when people suffer from problems such as unemployment, poor skills, low incomes, poor housing, bad health, family breakdown, racism and lack of sensitivity to cultural issues), by the provision of a listening and counselling service which is culturally sensitive and available in English and other languages according to the client's preference and availability of resources."


Mothertongue has become the first counselling service in Reading to be accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. The BACP stated that the application for accreditation was of a very high standard "representing a thoughtfully managed and effective counselling service working in a vital area of counselling provision".