City Corporation grant helps refugee and migrant community with English language skills

Community development organisation The Renewal Trust has received a £59,300 grant towards English language classes for women in Newham aged 60 and over.

The funding, which will last for three years, was given by the City of London Corporation’s charity, City Bridge Trust.

The classes will help over 100 older women from refugee and migrant communities who have lived in the borough for years but have never learned English.

The project will provide a safe learning space for the women who could also be isolated at home, widowed, unfamiliar with formal classroom settings or struggling with literacy.

Around half the women are expected to be drawn from the local Bangladeshi community.

The Renewal Programme was set up in 1977 with a mission to work with displaced or marginalised people, primarily in Newham.

City Bridge Trust has awarded 210 grants totalling £8,500,000 to organisations based in Newham – and over £324million to groups across London in the last 20 years.

The Trust is the City of London’s Corporation charity and London’s biggest independent grant giver, making grants of £20 million a year to tackle disadvantage across the capital.

It helps achieve the Corporation’s aim of changing the lives of hundreds of thousands of Londoners.


For more information, please contact:

Julie Zhu, Media Officer, City of London Corporation

Tel: 020 7332 3451 / Mobile: 07012 041 124 / Email

You can contact The Renewal Trust at

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