WaMT works with Barrow Women’s Community Matters to provide DIY training
Barrow Borough Council (BBC) put the WaMT team in touch with Barrow Women’s Community Matters (WCM) to work together to upskill a cohort of women keen to learn practical new skills.
WCM works with women aged 14+ in the Barrow area, providing support in all the ways they can, creating a strong resource for women in crisis and those who are vulnerable and at risk. WCM run several services ranging from counselling, well-being and social sessions, to employment and education support.
Through discussions with WCM it became apparent that full-time employment is usually not the current destination for the women they engage with, due to several reasons such as health issues or childcare commitments, so WaMT thought something which could be beneficial and empowering for the women would be learning basic DIY tasks. This would benefit the women by increasing their independence to do practical tasks themselves which would save the women financially and increase their awareness of their own capabilities. They might even develop an interest and realise they could build a career in th trades or construction sector!
WCM were enthusiastic about the proposal so WaMT put together a programme and contacted B4Box (a training provider), whilst BBC provided a suitable training space; a large garage space used by BBC’s mobile caretaking unit. BBC were a great help in getting the venue ready and making sure it had the correct facilities on the day for the women.