City Gateway Women’s Programmes provide exciting opportunities for local women to learn English, 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 Programme 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 in ESOL, as well as running a number of drop-in activities and courses for our learners, all in a safe female-only environment.

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

– ESOL Entry 1, ESOL Entry 2, ESOL Entry 3 and ESOL Level 1 courses
– Extracurricular activities (textiles, reading group, digital skills, confidence building sessions)


We also offer the following additional services for our learners: 

– Creche (for children aged 1-5)
– Coaching and employment support
– One-to-one information and guidance support
– Holiday activities for families
– Parenting support
– Stay and play sessions
– Food parcels

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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