About Us

We aim to work with English language learners to recognise, celebrate and develop their existing rich skills and knowledge, so they can communicate confidently and live fulfilling lives.  

We do this by supporting people ‚Äčlearning English to flourish in their local communities and forge connections by developing English language and communication skills through the medium of food… mainly dumplings!

Heart & Parcel was founded in Manchester, England in 2015 by two friends with a love of food and the connections and relationships surrounding it. Over the years, Heart & Parcel has grown to a wider family of learners, volunteers and staff who all support and contribute to the project in their own ways. 

In addition to regular classes, we have run fundraising public food events such as supper clubs, markets, catering, private workshops and online sessions as learning networking platforms for our participants to connect and practise their skills developed from our unique sessions. Most recently we are running online cookalongs to the general public run by our learners. We raise awareness of the need for providing recognition, language, food and community for English language learners in the UK through our self-published collaborative cookbook working with participants to share recipes and stories from their communities, cultures and lives.

Our work is rooted deeply in research surrounding ESOL, English language provision, policy, migration, identity and arts-based practices. We attend a number of conferences, presentations and discussions to share best practices in our work.

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