Alma means leap (Greek), nurture (Latin) and soul (Portuguese). It is an apple (Hungarian), a space telescope (Chile) and an asteroid (390 Alma). It is a beautiful girl's name and shows the diversity and range of possibilities that exist out there.
The Alma Collective was created by Madalena in 2016. Born in Brussels to a Greek father and German mother, she has experienced first hand what it means to grow up with a multitude of cultures and languages. This has shaped her life.
Being a mother herself, she is excited to offer her children and others the same opportunities of multilingualism she had. Alma originally started as a program for a Greek-speaking playgroup in North London and is now expanding to digital.
Rebecca grew up in Luxembourg with a German mother and a French father. She speaks four languages and her journey has taken her to several countries.
She now lives in London with her husband and two children who, just like her, are growing up in a multilingual and multicultural environment being exposed to English, German and Arabic. She knows first hand the challenges parents face who wish to pass on the gift of multilingualism to their children.
How do you find people who speak the same language in your area? Rebecca wants to connect more people and offer the support they need to embark on a multilingual journey. At The Alma Collective she’s in charge of building a Playgroup Database and Starter Kit.
The Alma Collective is you.
You are part of us. Child or adult, we welcome you to the fold and hope to hear about your adventures, soon.
We need your help!
Are you a playgroup sleuth who can help our team of volunteers uncover language specific playgroups within London (and beyond) ? Then let's chat. We look forward to meeting you soon.