Mothertongue multi-ethnic counselling service will be closing in March 2018

We wish to communicate that Mothertongue multi-ethnic counselling service has taken the decision to complete its work in 2018. Over the past 17 years we have supported over 3,000 clients and it is now time for others to develop the work.

Mothertongue multi-ethnic counselling service will cease seeing clients in December 2017. We will not be starting a new course of counselling with any client from September 15th 2017. Any new clients should be referred on to Talking Therapies Berkshire at

In accordance with data protection legislation, we will not be retaining any personal data on anyone who has used our services after we close. Client notes will be retained until February 1st 2018. Should you wish to request copies of your notes before January 31st 2018, please refer to our Data Protection Policy and Confidentiality Policy in the Downloads section and contact our office at 22-24 Cross Street, Reading RG1 1SN.
We are grateful to all those who have supported us with time, work, finances, care and commitment over the years.
Many of our interventions have been small but they have had a big impact on the quality of people's lives.

The learning and the knowledge achieved through the work of Mothertongue will continue to be disseminated by a new NGO called Pasalo CIC

Beverley Costa | CEO and Clinical Director of Mothertongue

Fri 10 Nov, 2017 9:00am

The Importance of the Native Language – Practitioner Day (Birkbeck, University of London, November 10th 2017)

This season's Bilingual Forum meeting is being run in partnership with other organisations as part of a larger Practitioner Day on November 10th. You are all invited to attend and as usual it is free of charge. Here is the information about it and a registration link which you need to complete. We hope to see you there.

We are delighted to invite you to attend The Importance of the Native Language – Practitioner Day on November 10th 2017 from 9:00-5:00 pm at Birkbeck, University of London. This event is part of the 2017 ESRC Festival of Social Science and will be hosted by Birkbeck's Centre for Multilingual and Multicultural Research and organised in collaboration between the Centre for Research in Language Development throughout the Lifespan at the University of Essex (LaDeLi), the Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication at Birkbeck College, Mothertongue and Bilingualism Matters

Participation is free, but for catering and planning purposes, please register here.
Please email in case of any questions.

What are the challenges, benefits and opportunities in being able to use several languages?
The economic and personal benefits of acquiring a second language are well known but the fact that learning new languages has ramifications for the existing ones – first language attrition – is usually ignored. This Practitioner Day will bring together experts on the importance of the native language and will explore problems and opportunities which a multilingual society and a multilingual life entails, in both a professional and a personal context. It is intended to provide useful information for practitioners, teachers, parents, caregivers and policy makers for the importance of the native or home language in professional and personal settings.
During the day, we will address topics including:
o Multilingual children and language brokering
o Multilingual children in foster care
o Language, emotion and therapy
o Citizenship, language and identity
o Language attrition and problems of intergenerational transmission of the minority language

Venue: Birkbeck, University of London