About Beyond The Page

Our aims and approach

Beyond The Page (BTP) is a company limited by guarantee, with a non-profit constitution. It serves women in Thanet, east Kent in face-to-face programmes, and further afield on Zoom. BTP is completely independent and relies on fund-raising from grant holders.

Since 2015, BTP has offered safe, creative and fun women-only spaces for English language-learning and inter-cultural friendship.  We focus on meeting the integration challenges facing women born outside the UK, aiming to increase their confident participation as active citizens and parents. They include those who are living in, or rehoused from refuges; destitute during immigration disputes; refugees and asylum seekers; mentally frail, socially isolated, with minimal family support; illiterate or with a learning difficulty. These women often cannot access mainstream ESOL or find it does not meet their complex needs.

Our core programme, United Mothers, is open to all Thanet women (including British women who want to join a multicultural group). In August 2020 we launched our United Mothers Chatrooms, providing our unique practice online combined with Covid-19 information and digital empowerment to women across the county. We focus on providing a long-term, practical response to an underlying and often invisible need. Volunteers are mainly of retirement age, who say this project has benefitted their mental health.

One said

“This is the only thing that’s carried on during the pandemic that’s helped me feel connected with other people, feeling I could help somebody else. Just having that connection with other people really, makes a big difference, doesn’t it?”.
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Our Community

Over 300 women from over 50 countries have become members of the United Mothers community.

Ilva is a founding member, used to be on the Advisory Board and still stays in touch through Coffee Chat online and in person when she can.

"For me it's a place that gives me confidence, place to be listened to, place to speak out, place to learn about many useful things, place to meet different people and cultures.”
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Ilva Marey
Founding Member, United Mothers
Ilva Marey
Ilva Marey
Our Team

We have a fantastic team of volunteers who share sessions, community events and outreach work with us.
Some are Speaking Buddies (see What We Do). 

The Beyond the Page team

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Our Impact

Over 6 years, we have worked in Thanet with almost 300 women from over 50 countries, including those who are in refuges from domestic violence and trafficking; are mentally ill or isolated; have learning difficulties, or other barriers to engaging in social communication; single parents and others with immigration difficulties. As a well-established frontline organisation, we have a strong track record of engaging and building trust with vulnerable minority ethnic women.

“… United Mothers successfully provides women with support and opportunities … women are successfully engaged; diverse, holistic needs are met; and community integration is supported through varied means.”
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(External Evaluation, Canterbury Christ Church University 2019).
“My confidence level is up. Now I can face different people as well. It has really helped me. You can see how many from different countries people are over here. Their languages, their style. The main important thing about this group, is that we don’t let anybody down. We are just holding hands. If someone is making a mistake, we are not going to laugh. We are always helping them. This thing, the core of this group has helped me to understand, to face things. Before that, I was afraid of walking the streets, you know, strange faces. But after joining this group, I have many friends. Wherever I am going, I say ‘hello, hi, good morning!’. I am more confident to make friends”
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United Mothers Participant

We have sustained and built our community through the Covid-19 pandemic, offering face to face and online spaces. A walking group, photo project and increased digital access and literacy have developed skills and interests. Online sessions rebuilt valuable social connections, identified Covid-19 information gaps or barriers, supported those vulnerable to scams, discrimination or crisis, such as asylum or risk of eviction and provided an opportunity to practise and develop English skills with friends during these difficult times. We loan tablets and provide training to members and volunteers with limited digital literacy.

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Community events are an integral component of the practice, and United Mothers members have become increasingly involved in creating and delivering them. Attracting well over a hundred members, friends and visitors each time, they provide a vital bridge into public life and recognition within the wider public arena.

As part of our building community work, we have built relationships with key partners in education, community health and early years, supporting their developing multicultural practices and procedures. This enables our members to access services more easily and helps professional colleagues improve communication skills & confidence.and

“Policies and procedures come and go, but this work is gold dust”
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James Kendall
Previous Head Teacher at Northdown School
“Beyond The Page is a brilliant approach! It is not only language learning but community building, making friendships, growing social capital at the same time.”
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Philippa Burden
Health Visitor and Darzi Fellow in Clinical Leadership, University of Kent

United Mothers members are research participants and advisers to community service providers, increasingly becoming recognised as a valuable resource for those seeking to develop services for local migrant families.

Work with BTP

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For job vacancies,
volunteering information & application forms

please visit our Join Us page

Contact Beyond The Page
Beyond The Page Ltd
Kent Innovation Centre
Thanet Reach Business Park,
Millennium Way,
Broadstairs, Kent
CT10 2QQ


Beyond The Page Ltd is a private company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales (company number: 09510474)

   07516 552928