The project draws on BME women’s interest in arts and crafts and aims to deliver a tailor-made programme of activities to equip participants with the skills and knowledge required to move towards economic activity.
Swansea Bay Regional Equality Council is grateful to European Social Fund and its grant administrators, the WCVA for having provided the funds which enables us to deliver this project.
The project specifically targets women from BME communities who are either unemployed or economically inactive, by supporting the simulation of a community business and social enterprise and equip participants with the skills and knowledge needed to move them towards economic activity using a traditional past time as a means to participation. The project has been developed to raise levels of soft skills and provide a platform for participants to experience the aptitude required to move closer to the world of work. A tailor-made programme of activities necessary to make this change include:
- Confidence building sessions
- Soft skills development
- Weekly workshops where participants are taught and supported on how to express themselves through arts and crafts
- A range of workshops aimed at developing employment related skills – computer, marketing, business, letter writing, numeracy, ESOL, etc
- Health and safety training
- First Aid Training
- Food Hygiene Training
- Regular one-to-one sessions
- Attendance at local craft fairs and public events
The activities aim to remove barriers to participation and target an under-represented section of the BME community (women)
We take account of the many actual or perceived barriers in delivering the project effectively.