Lottery Funding to support women into volunteering and employment

Worcester Community Trust is delighted to have been awarded a grant from Big Lottery’s Reaching Communities programme to support vulnerable and disadvantaged women to gain the skills and confidence they need to move into volunteering and employment opportunities.

Continuing the work started by the ASHA project, we will be offering women the opportunity to learn new skills and to gain a certificate in volunteering. We will be bringing women together in a safe environment which will help improve self-confidence and resilience, and develop peer group support networks.

Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund has awarded £158,000 to Worcester Community Trust to deliver the project over the next 2 years.

Our Chief Executive, Helen Scarrett said, ‘This funding will make a massive difference to women who struggle with low confidence, social isolation and few qualifications, by giving them skills and confidence to become mentors for other women and volunteers in the community. We are pleased that women of Worcester will still have a safe place to meet and develop their support networks’

Some of the women (pictured) who were involved in the ASHA project are already attending sewing classes. The group say they are looking forward to new courses and new opportunities working with Worcester Community Trust.

The first drop in session for women who would like to get involved in the project will be at the Tolly hub, Rose Avenue, Tolladine, Worcester between 11 and 2 on the 10th March.