The Reading Community Learning Centre (RCLC) on London Street, a charity that helps ethnic minority women in Reading and their families, has been awarded their largest ever grant. The Henry Smith Charity has awarded them £95,500 over three years to fund the centre’s running costs.
The RCLC says they aim to empower isolated and vulnerable women by improving their skills, confidence, welfare, inclusion, social status and independence through learning, support and friendship. Most of the women they teach are migrants who speak little or no English and who value the women-only environment.
Genevieve Ford-Saville from the Henry Smith Charity said:
… we were particularly impressed with the range of services [the] organisation provides and that most staff and volunteers have lived experience of the issues the work is addressing.
Sarah del Tufo, RCLC chair of trustees, said:
This grant will really make a huge difference to the future of the organisation as we will, for the first time, be able to see a future beyond the next six months, providing relief from a really stressful position for staff and trustees.
This article was originally published by the Reading Neighbourhood Network.