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Terri's Story

Sometimes life hits us hard; but it is what we do with these situations that matters. Personal tragedy left Terri feeling isolated and alone; but her proactive decision to work in our crèche at City Gateway Women’s Project has helped create a path to her new life.

In the late 1990’s tragedy hit Terri’s life. The deaths of several family members left Terri feeling alone and isolated. She became gradually more introverted over the following decade until she could not leave the house and was full of self-doubt. She was nervous around other people and found it difficult to talk to other people; that was until she took a position at the City Gateway Women’s Project Crèche.

The City Gateway Women’s Project is located just across the road from Terri’s house, in Poplar. A friend told Terri about a job at the Women’s Project Crèche; a safe place for women to leave their children whilst learning new skills. At City Gateway Terri learned IT skills and earned an NVQ in childcare. When asked Terri said, ‘The classes were really helpful’, she used ‘PowerPoint and Publisher which I never would have been able to do before’. It was also a great place to mix with women from other backgrounds who inspired Terri that her life could be turned around.

Her passion for working with children was evident from the start; she put in hours of extra practice and introduced new ideas to the crèche. Terri is someone who grasps every opportunity with both hands and as she has progressed from crèche worker to crèche supervisors where she uses her innovative ideas to improve the crèche facility. She particularly relished the ‘opportunity to influence good practice and be a good role model not only for the children but for others working in the crèche as well’. Terri shares the vision of City Gateway and is eager to train in Youth and Community Work because ‘we all need to embrace the challenges of living in modern, diverse society’; with this in mind Terri has even enrolled on a course to learn Bengali.

Terri is just one of many women whose lives have been transformed by the work of the City Gateway Women’s Project who provide women in Tower Hamlets with access to skills and opportunities. Why not consider partnering with us in transforming lives in Tower Hamlets by sponsoring a course or offering a woman like Terri the opportunity to grow and develop on an apprenticeship with your company/firm? For more information click here.

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