Gifted Women provide an employability programme centred around self-confidence, wellbeing and community engagement. It operates in and around Plymouth in the south west, and is a relatively new organisation, set up in 2020. Gifted Women aims to work with and benefit women who are experiencing multiple disadvantage. It supports women affected by a mix of complex issues such as substance misuse, trauma and a history of offending. The employability programme helps to build confidence, soft skills, networks and capabilities so that the women are better equipped to access and retain employment. Each cohort benefits up to 12 women over a six month period.
Allen Lane Foundation trustees agreed a grant at their June 2022 meeting. The funding of £5,000 will contribute towards the salary cost of a part-time coordinator. This role will manage the overall operations and support two project workers and nine volunteer peer mentors. Having a coordinator in post will enable the charity to profess into sustainability and growth and maximise the outputs and benefits for all the individual women engaged with its services.