Great news! We’ve been awarded £9,605 from the Tampon Tax Community Fund supported by the Berkshire Community Foundation. This support will help fund the summer term English classes and the creche which will help 75 women and 24 children in the creche. Thank you so much to the funders for recognising our work and funding it. The RCLC team and the women we support are hugely grateful. It will make a huge difference to so many women and children living in Reading
Reading Community Learning Centre (RCLC) is a charity that helps ethnic minority women and their families who live in Reading. Their aims are to reach out and empower isolated and vulnerable women to grow their skills, confidence, welfare, inclusion, social status and independence. They do this through learning, support and friendship. Most of the women are migrants who speak little or no English, and who value the women-only environment. RCLC provides valuable opportunities for 300 ethnic minority women each year to gain free education and helps them bridge the gap between their own culture and mainstream British cultures by providing classes (particularly the opportunity to learn English) and also by offering a space for cross-cultural social connection. Learners range from long-term British nationals to refugees and asylum seekers; and from the highly educated to those who never had an opportunity of a formal education in their homeland.
Aisha Malik, the Centre Manger said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have been chosen for this award. This will enable RCLC to run a sustained programme of English classes (conversation and reading and writing) with built in progression over the summer term as well as allow us to run the creche. We are very grateful to the Tampon Tax fund for their generous donation.”