Create Your Future

Our Projects

Helping BAME women to gain new skills

Create Your Future is a pre-employment project for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) women who are not working and not studying. It aims to support women in Hackney to overcome barriers to employment, learn new skills and be sustained in meaningful work.

Courses are delivered by Hackney Marsh Partnership, Hackney Play Association, Peter Bedford Housing Association and Refugee Women’s Association, and include:

  • confidence building;
  • CV workshop;
  • job search techniques;
  • writing job applications;
  • presentation skills;
  • interview preparation;
  • meet employers;
  • work placements.

Call for Expressions of Interest (EOI)
Hackney CVS is looking for local Hackney based charities or community groups with reach into Hackney’s Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic Communities who can support local unemployed BAME women residents to reach their aspirations and potential. > Read more


Current courses:

Lip balm making


Listen to a podcast!

Maxine Collins, Programme Coordinator of Create Your Future in Hackney, leads a conversation about how Create Your Future is helping older BAME women. Other voices belong to Deolinda, Jennifer, Rick and Sandra.

Listen to the podcast here.


Read a personal story!

Sandra Edwards has learnt a lot about herself and her skillset whilst being on the Create Your Future Programme.

Read the interview with Sandra here.


Past courses:

Get Ready to Work

Start your own business

Control your cash

Recognise your potential

Activate your Career job club

Pathways into Playwork

Explore your career options – taster workshop





This project is funded by The Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund who support projects in England that tackle poverty and promote social inclusion.



"We want unemployed BAMER women to benefit from our holistically designed programmes that will offer a chance to gain independence, increase confidence, explore career options, build networks and work towards career aspirations."

Create Your Future Programme Co-ordinator, Maxine Collins