Step Forward Project
Aiming to increase economic inclusion by creating pathways into employment and supporting traditional trades
IT training at the Linden Centre
Our 'Step Forward' project provides training in literacy, IT and practical skills. It is delivered from local community centres and attended by Traveller women from N & E London boroughs. Many course participants have had negative past experiences of formal education but respond well to a supportive and relaxed environment where they can learn from one another.
We are currently running courses for Gypsy, Traveller and Roma women based Hackney and Tower Hamlets. For more details or referrals to the Hackney based courses please contact Geraldine Lindsay firstname.lastname@example.org for Tower Hamlets contact Clemmie James email@example.com.
One-to-one literacy support
Please take a minute to watch our inspiring film ‘A second chance’ where course participants describe the difference access to this type of training has had on their lives.
The majority of referrals in 2015/16 have come through Job Centre Plus (57%) and the Benefit Cap Team (29%). Advisers from both agencies recognise that women they refer to us are at a huge disadvantage in the job market due their lack of computer and literacy skills. Due to the long tradition of self reliance within the Traveller community we have a particular focus on support with self-employment.
We have developed an informal and participant led approach to our training which is based on ‘learning by doing’. Through this indirect approach participants find it easier to understand the reasons for certain skills and feeling comfortable and supported, they become more motivated to learn. Each week we have guided conversations about personal development and pathways into work and through this, enthusiasm emerges for trying out new creative skills. Last year in response, we held a series of creative learning taster workshops to generate ideas for self employment which were a great success.