We want our training and education programme to be open to all women in the community, and the Live and Learn project aims to reach women who face additional
barriers to taking up education. A part-time training worker is employed to offer support to ethnic minority and older women, and women with health problems
or disabilities.

Since the project started in November 2009 we have seen a good increase in the number of ethnic minority women using the centre. We have been able to offer
elementary ESOL (English as a Second Language) classes, in addition to the main training programme.

The centre has really been enriched with the new multi-cultural focus. In June this year we held a “Foods of the World” festival, where women from seven different
countries cooked traditional dishes for us all to sample.

In addition, we aim to provide a wider range of programmes and an opportunity for older women and women with disabilities to build their self-confidence and develop
new skills, while meeting new friends in the centre.