Waltham Forest Bilingual Group is a voluntary group run by parents of bilingual children. We give talks to groups and we use this income to fund our group's ongoing costs. The group has benefitted from grants over the years which have allowed us to fund our activities and develop new activities.
We obtained our first lottery grant form Awards for all in 2003 which allowed us to invite several guest speakers as well as help finance our local monthly drop-in events.
We also received smaller contributions from BT as well as Thames Housing association to encourage our work.
In October 2007, the Esmee FairBairn Foundation approved 3 annual grants as a contribution to encourage our work in helping parents support their childrens' learning of languages. This grant covered our expenses to hire the Limes Childrens's and Community Centre where we were then holding monthly drop-in sessions. We also used it to liaise with local schools and to publish a short briefing on good practice examples
In September 2007, Awards for All agreed to award another grant to WFBG to compile, analyse and edit a book about bilingualism. We interviewed over 50 people who had grown up bilingually and analysed their reflections. The resulting book has since been published by a specialist publisher Multilingual Matters and has been well reviewed.
Waltham Forest Bilingual Group is very grateful to all of the funders, supporters, those who have booked us to give workshops who have helped us on our multilingual journeys.