RCLC awarded grant from The Henry Smith Charity

Reading Community Learning Centre (RCLC) has been awarded its largest ever grant. The award of £95,500 from The Henry Smith Charity will be split over three years to fund the Centre’s running costs including salaries. Genevieve Ford-Saville from The Henry Smith Charity said that:

During assessment we were particularly impressed with the range of services your organisation provides and that most staff and volunteers have lived experience of the issues the work is addressing.

RCLC is a charity that helps ethnic minority women and their families who live in Reading. Their aims are to reach out and empower isolated and vulnerable women to grow their skills, confidence, welfare, inclusion, social status and independence. They do this through learning, support and friendship. Most of the women are migrants who speak little or no English, and who value the women-only environment.

RCLC provides valuable opportunities for 300 ethnic minority women each year to gain free education and helps them bridge the gap between their own culture and mainstream British cultures by providing classes (particularly the opportunity to learn English) and also by offering a space for cross-cultural social connection. Learners range from long-term British nationals to refugees and asylum seekers, and from the highly educated to those who never had the opportunity of a formal education in their homeland.

Aisha Malik, the Centre Manger said:

We are absolutely thrilled to have received this grant. It will make such a huge difference to the financial stability of the organisation for the next three years. This funding will be a lifeline for us. There aren’t many funders who fund continuing core costs for charities, something which is so desperately needed by many small charities across the country, to enable them to continue providing a lifeline to the most vulnerable in our communities. Thank you, Henry Smith Charity!

Sarah del Tufo, 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. A huge thank you to The Henry Smith Charity.

Further information

If you would like more information about the work of RCLC please do contact the Centre Manager, Aisha Malik by emailing aishamalik@rclc.org.uk.