City of Wolverhampton Council’s ‘Empowering Women’ skills programme has seen 90% of participants progress into further learning, training, volunteering or jobs.

It is one of a suite of Learning Communities programmes that support adults who experience barriers to accessing services, support, employment and learning opportunities. 

The 8 week course has twice been delivered in partnership with Aspiring Futures – helping more than 40 women progress. 

Barriers experienced by participants varied from addictions, domestic violence, long term unemployment, low confidence and negative self image, low or no skills, and difficulties engaging in new communities. 

The bespoke support offered has covered areas including healthy relationships, resilient minds, improving self image, and increased social contact. 

Meredith Teasdale, City of Wolverhampton Director of Education, said: “Through the collaborative partnership of the council and Aspiring Futures, residents have been able to progress onto further learning, training, paid employment or other support services. 

“Participants say they have adopted healthier lifestyles and without the support of the programme would not have had the confidence to explore the opportunities available to them.” 

The next Empowering Women programme will be delivered in June in the All Saints area of the city, and other Learning Communities programmes will begin again after the Easter break. 

For more information email or contact Community Skills and Employability Co-ordinator, Karen Sahota, on 07881 358679 or email