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

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:

What’s your story?

Employability skills course

Provider: Immediate Theatre

Download a flyer here.

Cake baking and decorating workshop

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:

Download a flyer here.

One to One Life Coaching Sessions

Increase your confidence and self esteem,decrease stress and anxiety, gain clarity and discover your life direction. This course will help you focus on your personal, employment, study or business goals.

Provider: Life Formulas

When? 18 April – 26 September, every Wednesday, 10.00am – 2.00pm

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

For more information contact Natasha on 020 3488 3496 or email

Download a flyer here.

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? 7 March – 30 May, 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

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? TBC

Where? TBC

For more information contact Natalie on 020 8616 0698 or 07730431885 or email

Personal Development Workshops

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

Download a flyer here.

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? 15 May 2018 – 1 May 2019, every Monday and Wednesday, 4.00pm – 6.00pm

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

For more information contact  Hadassah Marg on 020 3769 0328 or email

Sewing for Kurdish and Turkish Women


Past courses and events:

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