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.

This project is part of the Building Better Opportunities programme (BBO) which is funded by The Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund; supporting projects in England to tackle poverty and promote social inclusion.

Programme Coordinator, Maxine Collins, recognises the barriers long-term unemployed BAME women face, such as social isolation, and is working in partnership with community organisations to offer a holistic and engaging programme of activities at various venues around Hackney.

Create Your Future in Hackney is unique because we are not just another employment programme. We want to help women take steps towards gaining independence, increasing confidence, building networks and exploring different career options.

We have listened to the women in Hackney who have told us their needs and in turn that has helped to shape a relevant programme. By providing a range of experiences, from creative workshops, 1:1 coaching, social events to accredited courses, we hope participants will be better equipped to finding work that is meaningful to them.

Read an interview!

“What’s Your Story?” is an employability skills course run by Immediate Theatre under the Create Your Future programme. We spoke to Gbenga Olopade from Immediate Theatre to find out about their recent film-making workshops.

Read an interview here.

Watch a video!

Hackney CVS and Peabody Housing held an International Women’s Day event on 7 March to bring together local women to celebrate their experiences and achievements.

Watch a short video from this event here

See photos!

Creative Lifestyle – cake baking and decorating workshop

 

What’s your story? – employability skills course

 

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.

Current courses:

Essential Skills for Business (accredited by OCR)

The aim of this qualification is to cover basic core areas of working within a business environment, focusing on fundamental finance and accounting skills and developing your professional business skills. The practical approach will increase your confidence and career prospects. It will also give you a perfect platform for you to take the next step and go on to further studies.

Provider: Skillspool Training

When? 10 October 2018 – 15 January 2019, every Wednesday, 10.00am – 1.00pm

Where? Hackney CVS, The Adiaha Antigha Centre, 24-30 Dalston Lane, London E8 3AZ

For more information contact Dun on 07841 516 212  or email skillspooltraining@mail.com.

Teen Troopers

Girls will be assisted in choosing one of five courses in which they will excel and receive certification. They will choose art, baking, party planning, computers or hairdressing. The courses will be administered as an after-school program.

Provider: T D Seminary

When? 14 May 2018 – 5 January 2019, every Monday and Wednesday, 1.00pm – 5.00pm

Where? T D Seminary, 43 Durley Road, London N16 5JR

For more information contact  Hadassah Marg on 020 3769 0328 or email hadassahttc@gmail.com.

Sewing for Kurdish and Turkish Women

The participants will receive full range of training on all aspect of garment making, including cutting patterns and sewing classes on all aspect of garment making and designing.

Provider: ROJ Women’s Association

When? From 11 September, every Tuesday and Wednesday, 10.30am – 2.30pm

Where? The Chocolate Factory, Clarendon Road, London N22 6XJ

For more information email rojwomen@gmail.com or call 0203 302 9879, mobile: 0753 441 3120.

Download a flyer here.

Work experience

Hackney Cooperative Development will provide work placement/volunteering opportunities to support unemployed people into work through improved work record and providing reference.  For those in work placement we will provide training/mentoring them to acquire skills relevant to the organisation that provides placement and anticipated job.

Provider: Hackney Cooperative Development

When? 10 September – 21 December, Monday-Friday, 10.00am – 5.00pm

Where? HCD, 62 Beechwood Road, E8 3DY

For more information contact Bekele on 020 3875 9336 or by email: b.teklu@hcd.coop

Digital skills

The aim of the course is to help learners develop the skills beyond the basics so that learners really make the most of the Internet and advantage of being online for searching jobs.

Provider: Hackney Cooperative Development

When? 10 September – 21 December, every Monday and Tuesday, 11.00am – 2.00pm

Where? HCD, 62 Beechwood Road, E8 3DY

For more information contact Bekele on 020 3875 9336 or by email: b.teklu@hcd.coop

Work skills

Learners will develop skills and acquire knowledge that will enable them to be better prepared for engagement with employment, whether it is as a paid employee, working in a supported work project or as a volunteer.

Provider: Hackney Cooperative Development

When? 12 September – 21 December, every Wednesday, 11.00am – 2.00pm

Where? HCD, 62 Beechwood Road, E8 3DY

For more information contact Bekele on 020 3875 9336 or by email: b.teklu@hcd.coop

English my way

By attending the English My Way course, learners will improve their speaking, listening, reading and writing in English. Learning activities are embedded in the context of everyday topics, such as employment, shopping and using local services.

Provider: Hackney Cooperative Development

When? 13 September – 21 December, every Thursday and Friday, 10.00am – 2.00pm

Where? HCD, 62 Beechwood Road, E8 3DY

For more information contact Bekele on 020 3875 9336 or by email: b.teklu@hcd.coop

Business start up skills

The aim of the course is to equip participants with knowledge and skills required to start their own business. It is de-signed for people considering self-employment with/without a business idea or in the very early stages of trading/ test trading.

Provider: Hackney Cooperative Development

When? 19 September – 21 December, every Wednesday, 11.00am – 2.00pm

Where? HCD, 62 Beechwood Road, E8 3DY

For more information contact Bekele on 020 3875 9336 or by email: b.teklu@hcd.coop

Personal Development Workshops

Become part of our supportive and encouraging group. Learn life strategy skills to increase your confidence and wellbeing, solve problems, manage stress and plan for your successful future.

Provider: Thomas Fairchild Children’s Centre

When? 1 November 2018 – 30 January 2019, every Thursday, 9:30am – 12.00pm

Where? Thomas Fairchild Children’s Centre, Napier Grove, London N1 7HX

For more information contact Natasha on 020 3488 3496 or email enquiries@lifeformulas.co.uk.

Download a flyer here.

Herbal Craft

The aim of the programme is to introduce participants to the world of herbs. The course will cover a range of herbs and talk about their properties and how to make simple products from them. The course will show participants how they can use herbs to improve their overall wellbeing.

Provider: Cordwainers Grow

When? 15 October 2018 – 19 November

Where? Hackney City Farm, 1a Goldsmiths Row, London E2 8QA

For more information contact Natalie on 020 8616 0698 or 07730431885 or email nat@cordwainersgrow.org.uk.

Download a flyer here.

Cake baking and decorating workshop

This course has an opportunity to sell your work in a pop up shop.

Provider: Creative Lifestyle

When? 18 June – 8 October, every Monday, 10.00am – 1.00pm

Where? Morningside Community Centre, Cresset Road, London E9 6SJ

For more information contact Oleander: oleander@creativelifestyle.org.uk

Download a flyer here.

 

Past courses and events:

One to one life coaching sessions

What’s your story?

Functional Skills English E3 with L1 Employability Skills

IT Course Level 1

International Women’s Day event

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

Lip Balm Making

 

            

 

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