Skills programme empowers Wolverhampton women

City of Wolverhampton Council’s ‘Empowering Women’ skills programme has seen 90 per cent of participants progress into further learning, training, volunteering or jobs.

(L-R): Sofia Haider, Lavinia Jackson, Bethune Smith, Maliah Fazal and Denise Wilson from Aspiring Futures, and Karen Sahota and Sue Lindup from City of Wolverhampton Council’s skills team

It is one of a suite of Learning Communities programmes that support adults who experience barriers to accessing services, support, employment and learning opportunities. 

The eight-week course has twice been delivered in partnership with Aspiring Futures – helping more than 40 women progress. 

Barriers experienced by participants varied from addictions, domestic violence, long-term unemployment, low confidence and negative self-image, low or no skills, and difficulties engaging in new communities. 

The bespoke support offered has covered areas including healthy relationships, resilient minds, improving self-image, and increased social contact. 

Meredith Teasdale, City of Wolverhampton Director of Education, said: “Through the collaborative partnership of the council and Aspiring Futures, residents have been able to progress onto further learning, training, paid employment or other support services. 

“Participants say they have adopted healthier lifestyles and without the support of the programme would not have had the confidence to explore the opportunities available to them.” 

The next Empowering Women programme will be delivered in June in the All Saints area of the city, and other Learning Communities programmes will begin again after the Easter break. 

For more information email [email protected] or contact Community Skills & Employability Coordinator, Karen Sahota, on 07881 358679 or email [email protected]

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