Now I'm Free

Tulay was unable to access the ESOL classes she needed when she arrived in the UK from Turkey – until she discovered the WEA’s New Links project in Coventry.

When Tulay arrived in the West Midlands, immigration restrictions prevented her from enrolling on publicly-funded courses to improve her English Language skills and she felt lost. She had to rely on her husband for everyday simple tasks and it took its toll on her. 

The WEA’s New Links project gave Tulay a lifeline. Designed to offer help to both new and settled migrants who cannot access welfare benefits, New Links gave her the chance to start a course in ESOL.

Since then, Tulay has progressed to further WEA courses and her new confidence enabled her to enrol on a course at the local college. Tulay is now working as a language advisor in the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) and is an examiner at the International Baccalaureate.

Tulay’s tenacious efforts on her learning journey have paid off. She has made many new friends in the city she now calls home and is able to support her two children with her schoolwork.

“I no longer have to rely on my husband, I’m an independent woman and now I’m free.”


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