For 12 years we are proud to have been supporting women and families in East London through our learning and development programmes.

During that time we have supported thousands of women to learn English, gain independence, grow in confidence and access employment. We are truly proud of the amazing women we have worked alongside.

Recently we made the sad announcement that we will be closing our women’s and family support programmes, based at Stepney Life Centre, in December. This is due to our current lease ending and not being able to take on a new lease, as well as being unable to find alternative funding to replace our major income stream for the programme, which we lost two years ago.

While we are sad to be closing these programmes, we would like to celebrate some of the achievements of our women. Women like Anika.

‘The City Gateway staff are wonderful and friendly. They boost your skills and help you gain experience.’

Read Anika’s story of coming to City Gateway Women’s Programme >

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our staff, volunteers and partners who have worked with us on the Women’s and Family Support Programmes over the years. Each and every one of them have helped change women’s and families lives, and the legacy of their hard work will live on in the women and families who are now more confident, more skilled and more independent as a result of their influence.

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