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Survey shows more than 30 languages spoken in Wirral schools
A census has revealed that more than 30 languages are used by youngsters in Wirral schools, although the true figure could be as many as 50.
After English the most common tongues spoken across Wirral are Bangali (by young people from India and Bangladesh), Chinese (including Mandarin, Putonghau and Cantonese) and Polish – as revealed in a recent Wirral school census.
It is estimated Wirral now has more than 15,000 residents from black minority and ethnic groups.
The report states there are 31 confirmed languages spoken in local schools and researchers believe there could be as many as 50.
More than 120 people attended this year’s Wirral Multicultural Organisation event in Birkenhead to celebrate the community work undertaken to support these groups.
Guests at the Conway Street event included the Mayor of Wirral, Cllr Dave Mitchell, and his wife Sue Mitchell, and key health chiefs from Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group Dr Abhi Mantgani, chief clinical officer and chairman Dr Phil Jennings.
Dr Mantgani said: “The event was to recognise and celebrate the excellent work undertaken by Wirral Multicultural Organisation over many years.”
The Wirral Multicultural Organisation has supported thousands of families since its inception more than 25 years ago.
But during the last year a grant from Wirral Waterfront has helped to provide a range of educational support including: teaching language skills, information technology and leisure as well as childcare at "Little World Nursery" for children up to five- year -olds.
Since 1986 many families have used a range of services provided by Wirral Council, the NHS and Wirral Multicultural Organisation.
These have included: health and social care, housing, translation and interpretation services, social welfare, stop smoking advice, family support and outreach, parenting courses and a designated community development mental health and well-being support worker.
Dr Mantgani added: “There are still many black minority and ethnic patients who have serious health problems and we must continue to engage and firmly support these groups so that they can receive the right treatment and care so they can get better.
“People from BME groups in Wirral are often underrepresented in the uptake of education, social welfare, health and public services.
"The work currently being undertaken is addressing these issues so that all people across Wirral have access to excellent health and social care services.”
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