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Integration practices Lead to Inspire - Empowerment and
Leadership
Project begin 02/01/2012

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Target audience

  • RESIDENCE STATUS
    • Newcomers
  • GENDER
    • Female

Thematic

  • ECONOMIC PARTICIPATION
    • Employment
    • Vocational training and career development
    • Workforce diversity and capacity-building
  • EDUCATION AND CULTURE
    • Out-of-school education incl. life-long learning and distance education
  • ANTI-DISCRIMINATION AND EQUALITY
    • Positive action
Project end 02/07/2012
Country of residence United Kingdom
City / Region
City London
Abstract (EN)

Our Lead to Inspire - Empowerment & Leadership project guides newly-arrived migrant woman to become leaders and peer-mentors in the local community and shape change both in themselves and in the world around them.

Issue/challenge and
goals/assumptions

The women taking part moved to the UK to be with their husbands, largely from Bangladesh, but the aim is to help them become more than housewives.

How does it work?

The course is an intensive, 15 hours a week, 6 month course focused on all areas of leadership development.

Results
Culminating in a user led final project in which women are tasked with the design and implementation of a small scale community event, the Empowerment & Leadership project consists of five interwoven modules that all culminate in the successful community event. We build on the foundation of English Language classes to develop our participant’s skills in negotiating and debating as well as teaching women ways to assess their feelings and assert their opinions. Computer Information Technology (CIT) classes cover the basic computer skills demanded in the modern workplace and provide women with the knowledge to create the products necessary to plan and publicise a community event.

Evaluation

The volunteering and community engagement aspect of the project has already attracted interest from the Tower Hamlet’s Strategic Housing team. Facing an under-representation of women in the resident’s meetings across the estates of Whitechapel the ability of our women to engage with and inspire confidence in the female residents of the estates is being explored. Ultimately our women will initiate the change in their community that they wish to see.

Following positive feedback and media coverage in 2012, the next round of the project is taking enrolments for a January 2013 start.

Who will benefit?

Migrant women and their communities.

Source of funding
and resources used

Funding comes from a variety of sources, including Tower Hamlets Borough Council, the Big Lottery Fund and DCLG. 

Organisation The Arbour
Contact person (Send email)
Function
Website http://www.thearbour.org.uk/portfolio/lead-to-inspi
re/
 

 

 
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