Most women being affected by the new benefit and social welfare changes are facing hardship, no employment and have little or no means of supporting themselves or their families. Although we have a literacy training programme, the majority of the women needs vocational skill training in order to find employment and support themselves.
These Women and young girls that we are targeting are poor and vulnerable and the must import issue is that it is the women that are requesting sewing as a means to develop their skills and be self employed.
During our work with women, we have received requests and the number of enquiries we receive increases every time to engage women in a social enterprise that will be use to generate income and build their capacity for self employment.
The type of requests we receive varies ranging from information, types of social enterprise that women wants to support women and girls who are currently unemployed and those teenage mothers affected by the benefit reforms.
There is currently no community organisation in Greenford, Northolt and Perivale that is providing this type of social enterprise support.
The number of unemployed women is set to rise beyond the current 23-year high as the Government’s public sector cuts start to bite, union leaders have warned. We are see women and their children going hungry, little or no food to eat or feed their children, women whose benefits have delayed and those struggling to find work. It is shocking that women and children are going hungry in London in the 21st century. There is a perfect storm of spiraling cost of living, lack of decent secure jobs for women and the benefit changes, this is just the tip of the iceberg as these changes to the welfare system that are already in the pipeline will rip apart the safety net for women and their children with devastating consequences.
We have launched a social enterprise programme which will give people tailored support to get back into work. The programme is different to previous schemes as it assesses people to discover the different types of social enterprise and what barriers are preventing them from engaging.
Approximately 75% of the women who are interested are from Ealing and the rest from Hounslow, Hillingdon, Brent and Harrow.