Mothertongue Partnerships

Mothertongue has worked with a number of organisations in and around Reading to deliver courses on culturally sensitive counselling, Mental Health Interpreting and training and consultation for volunteers and staff.

By working in partnership with these organisations we are able to reach communities and individuals who have traditionally not received culturally and linguistically appropriate counselling and psycho-educational support. We are able to lobby for change to services and this helps us to meet our objectives of widening access and improving communication, understanding and learning across cultures. Below are some examples:

  • Prospect College, Blessed Hugh Farringdon School and Reading Girls' School on a series of art groups to help with the integration of new arrival students, 2009 (ongoing)
  • Reading Borough Council Equality Services to deliver a series of Young Interpreters' courses for students at Reading Girls' School and Oxford Road Community School, February 2010 (ongoing)
  • Quarterly case supervision for culturally sensitive clinical work for IAPT therapists in East and West Berkshire 2009 (ongoing)
  • Reading Citizen's Advice Bureau - offering effective language support for their expert advice services, January 2009 (ongoing)
  • Partnership with Race Equality Foundation (REF) on Department of Health (DOH) funded project to improve access to IAPT services for BME communities, 2013
  • Partnership with REF on DOH funded project to improve commissioning standards and quality for communication services in the NHS, 2013
  • Birkbeck College, University of London - collaboration on a research project evaluating the role of language in therapy with bilingual therapists and clients, April 2010 (ongoing)
  • Co- hosted The Annual Bloomsbury Round Table 2013 with Birkbeck College on: Multilingual communication in health and social care: Challenges for providers and users, June 2013
  • Ongoing research project in partnership with Queen Mary College, University Of London, on couples in trans-language relationships with a successful bid made to the Arts Council to produce a play on this theme for Spring 2014