WORKING in partnership with local community group, Tomorrow’s Women Wirral, Wirral Met College is leading a project, funded by the Skills Funding Agency, to support an innovative project to actively promote equality, diversity and inclusion.
This project is aimed at helping vulnerable women and ex-offenders to gain new skills and support to get back on track with their lives.
Funded by the Skills Funding Agency’s Equality and Diversity Innovation Fund, this opportunity aims to support innovative and sustainable projects that will have the greatest impact for people learning in their local community.
Kim Thorneywork, chief executive of the Skills Funding Agency, said, “We are delighted that these grants have been awarded and thank all who applied.
“I hope that these valuable projects will help those who are under-represented or disadvantaged in learning, reach their potential in life.”
Principal Sue Higginson said:“We are really pleased to be working with Tomorrow’s Women because, together, we can help to make a real difference to the lives of women.
“This project has already provided a new apprenticeship opportunity for Jennie and, with her help, we aim to create many more opportunities for women to develop their skills, confidence and gain employment.
“We really appreciate the support of the Skills Funding Agency which will enable this innovative project to make a difference for women in Wirral.
“By improving their confidence and skills, this project will leave a permanent legacy of success, creating role models that will help many more women, in the future.”
Meet one of the Tomorrow’s Women team
Bernice Grainger is one of Tomorrow’s Women’s advocates, and she shared her story: "I started off at Tomorrow's Women Wirral, to gain confidence and explore different learning opportunities.
“The centre encouraged me to join the Floristry course at the College, because I really wanted to start my own business and get back on my feet.
“I have now got my BTEC Level Two Floristry and feel I have really accomplished something.
“The studying side was hard for me, as I do have difficulty with my English skills.
“The tutor gave me a lot of extra support and I worked very hard - I put everything I had into what I was doing.
“Now I am trying to set up my own business and am improving my computer skills.
“I have also returned to Tomorrow's Women Wirral and now run a very successful, informal floristry group with women using the centre.
“I would like to thank everyone at St James Centre for all your encouragement.
“I said I would never go back to school and now I have gone back to College and have achieved.”
Birkenhead based Tomorrow’s Women has supported a large number of women over the past few years, with a range of issues and has provided support for wellbeing, drugs and alcohol recovery, managing finances, going back to education or training and preparing for work.
This much needed funding will support even more women over the coming year.
Details of Wirral Met College’s courses are available at wmc.ac.uk/courses, or call 0151 551 7777. For further information about Tomorrow’s Women, call 0151 647 7907.