City Gateway Women’s Programmes provide exciting opportunities for local women to gain independence, grow in confidence, access employment and develop skills in a supportive community environment.

For 15 years, City Gateway has been successfully offering friendly and supported learning and development programmes for women in East London. Our Women’s Programmes Centre in Stepney is a friendly, busy place, which welcomes over 130 women each week – from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds.

We provide accredited study opportunities including ESOL, maths and ICT as well as running a number of drop-in activities and courses for our learners, all in a safe female-only environment.

Last term we ran 17 programmes and welcomed over 100 learners from 10 different ethnicities. Our youngest learner was 21 and our eldest 72.

We’d like to help you gain confidence and build skills, no matter where you’re starting from. Our courses include: 

– ESOL and pre-entry English
– Functional Skills English, Maths and ICT
– Employability Support
– Confidence Building & Empowerment
– Advice and Support
– Women’s Voice
– Coffee morning
– Coaching
– ESOL conversation club

Through our family support programme we also run a creche for parents with children aged 0-5, so we can look after your little ones while you’re on your course.

Read more about our creche as well as our full range of family support >

Why do we do this? Because we genuinely see the potential in women across our community and believe all women deserve the support and training to achieve their ambitions and be the author of their own success story.

‘The City Gateway staff are wonderful and friendly. They offer a variety of different courses that will boost your skills and help you gain experience.’

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

Within our women’s programme we run a project funded by the European Social Fund called Coaching for Potential. This is aimed at individuals aged 19 and above. Find out more here >

If you are interested in joining one of our programmes to help you gain confidence, drop in to our centre or sign up by clicking the ‘Apply’ button below.

City Gateway Women’s Programmes
Stepney Life Centre
115 Harford Street
E1 4FG


If you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us an email

Call: 0203 727 6287


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