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City Gateway Women's Project

The City Gateway Women’s Project (CGWP) works with hard-to-reach women from the local community to help them towards social and economic independence. We do this through a holistic programme of community-building, personal development and support, skills training and progression into work.

Set-up in April 2007 through a contract with the London Development Agency, over the last 3 years we have grown dramatically in response to high levels of need amongst our target group; we now work with over 1000 women a year (predominantly from Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities). We deliver a wide range of support, training and employment services from 3 different centres across the borough. We have also developed a wide range of strategic partnerships with local schools, health centres, refuges, children’s centres, Tower Hamlets Council and other statutory and civil society organisations in order to spread resources, share best practice and facilitate referrals.

Brief overview of local need:

41.2% of women in Tower Hamlets are economically inactive (62.6% of Bangladeshi women), and face multiple barriers to engaging with local services and the labour market. These include lack of English, low skills, expensive childcare, and poor health, leading to low aspirations and confidence. This impacts borough-wide rates of child poverty (46% children live in benefit-dependent households), and increases the likelihood of these children becoming NEET, offending, and suffering poor health.



Our key delivery consists of the following programmes:

  1. Skills for Life training from pre-entry to Level 1 in ESOL, IT, English and Maths.
  2. Soft skills training in Confidence, Public Speaking, Parenting and Practical English application.
  3. An Independent Living Programme (in partnership with local refuges) including ‘Practical Woman’ (DIY Skills), Financial Literacy, Textiles and Self-Defence courses.
  4. Vocational training and Apprenticeship Programmes in IT, Catering & Hospitality, Childcare, Beauty Therapy, IAG and Teaching Assistance.
  5. A Healthy Living Programme including courses in Food Hygiene & Nutrition, Cook-and-Eat courses, Keep Fit classes, Community Events, and the Kitchen Garden project.
  6. A Volunteer Programme which offers work placements within CGWP, City Gateway and our social enterprises; in order to give our clients valuable work experience, and increase their employability and confidence in a work setting.

CGWP works to facilitate barrier removal for its wide-ranging clients, through provision of free on-site childcare, a translation service, disability access, extensive Information, Advice and Guidance, and ongoing mentoring to identify and resolve risk issues.

Beth Johnston - Head of City Gateway Women's Project

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