Reading Community Learning Centre is a charity that helps ethnic minority women and their families who live in Reading.
Reading Community Learning Centre (RCLC) exists to help marginalised women from Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds to achieve their individual potential. The majority of the women we support are migrants or refugees who speak little or no English, and often have limited experience outside of the home. No matter what barriers a woman faces we work alongside her as she overcomes obstacles to integration and realising her aspirations. For many women, this includes improving their English, building confidence, making friends, volunteering locally, gaining qualifications or securing a job.
Based in central Reading, we offer a programme of outreach activities, free training classes, workshops, a creche and social opportunities at our Centre which are designed to build confidence, increase skills and reduce the social isolation of local BAME women. Many of the women we support are amongst the most isolated, deprived and vulnerable in our community. Our model encourages community cohesion, breaking down barriers between cultures and fosters mutual respect amongst the Learners. No other service in Reading reaches such a diverse group of women, giving us a unique insight into the needs of local BAME communities. Whilst almost all of our work in the centre is with women, our Employability classes are open to men, and some of our work based out in communities, such as with the Gurkha families, involves men.
We attract around 300 learners each year from 24 countries.