The SWEET Programme
The SWEET project is designed to help women make changes in their lives and achieve their goals. It helps women from ethnic minorities in West London who would like to get a full or part time job or at least to take the first steps towards getting a job, for example by starting some training or doing a work placement. The Project is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund.
Paddington Development Trust is the lead partner coordinating the programme. It works with the following partners:
- Urban Partnership Group (UPG)
- Get Set
- Belina Consulting
The partners work with women from Hammersmith and Fulham; Harrow; Brent; Ealing; Barnet; Hillingdon and Hounslow.
What SWEET offers
- Your own personal advise
- Free, friendly, confidential, one to one appointments
- Help to generate a good CV
- Encouragement to develop your skills and confidence
- Help with English, if you need it
- Links to full and part time jobs
- Informed guidance to find the right training course or small business start-up
- Friendly groups with other women
- Workshops within the community
- A little extra help with childcare and clothes
If you would like to know more, or to join the programme, please call 020 7266 8254 or email email@example.com
These are the community leaders of the future!
SWEET is led by PDT using funding from the National Lottery and the European Social Fund. The course was organised locally by Belina Grow who recruited suitable candidates from the Hillingdon area and then provided a Bengali translator. The tutor, Helen Rankin, came from another SWEET partner, Elatt. Participants learned to make speeches; organise events and how to get their points across in meetings. Many of the participants hope to use their new talents in the education sector.
“I was delighted to be part of the project and loved meeting the other women. I really want to work in a school”. Another participant, Nandi added: ” I learnt a lot from the group and the other women – it is hard starting again in a new country, now I understand better how community projects work”. Jessica Pickard from PDT’s employment team comments: “this is a good example of how community groups in different boroughs can work together to provide imaginative opportunities. There is a huge amount of female talent hidden under the surface in London, particularly in ethnic minority communities, and programmes like SWEET help bring it to the fore and develop it.”
You can find out more about opportunities at Belina at: getreadyforwork.org