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Linda Barker from BBC’s Changing Rooms and the Deputy Mayor of Lambethpresented learners from the ESF Funded Lambeth Women’s Workshop withtheir certificates in Carpentry and Bench Joinery. LindaBarker is a long term supporter of the workshop and commented that:”It is really nice to see a project that is helping people and addressing theskills shortages in a normally male dominated profession”.

Linda Barker and the Deputy Mayor of Lambeth, Councillor Daphne Marchant,saw the women in action in the workshop and were amazed at the skills levelsdemonstrated and especially in the woodwork that had been made ““ anexample of that stood out was a staircase that one of the students had made.Linda admiring one of the students” handiwork

The aim of the project is to give unemployed women the opportunity to gainthe skills and confidence to use carpentry and joinery skills to gainemployment opportunities. The project is specifically targeted at unemployedwomen facing multiple barriers, i.e. ethnic minorities, lesbians, women withlittle or no formal education, ex-offenders and older women. There is no otherother course in the area that offers the same training. This project hasreceived £289,919 from the European Social Fund (ESF). Many of thewomen have attained an industry-recognised qualification which will now givethem a much better chance to enter into work or even start their ownbusiness. The Charity has been in existence for over 20 years, the womenhave often helped out in other projects in the community demonstrating thepractical skills that they have learnt.

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