Ethnic minorities and women

Reading Community and Learning Centre

This charity helps ethnic minority women and their families living in the Reading area. Most service users are migrants who speak little or no English and have limited experience outside their own home.

They provide free and informal non-accredited English conversation classes, reading and writing, IT, sewing, health and beauty, confidence building and employability classes.

Reading Community Learning Community website

Contact: or 0118 959 5455

Smart Works

Smart Works provides women in the Thames Valley area with high quality clothes and accessories for a job interview. The service is open to any woman referred by an organisation, who has a confirmed job interview for a paid position, apprenticeship, internship or voluntary work.

Each client receives one-to-one interview preparation and coaching with an experienced human resources professional or senior manager. If you are successful at interview, you will be welcomed back to receive five additional pieces of clothing so you feel ready and confident in your new role.

Alana House

Alana House is a project run by Parents and Children Together that uses a holistic approach to support and empower women. They offer a confidential, women-only, non-judgemental space and welcome all women who feel they need help and support.

They aim to help women take control of their lives by making informed decisions, and can provide information, support and advice on, amongst other things, education, training and employment.