Somali Women's Employment Project

The Somali Women's Employment project has been completed and is now closed. This page is for information only.

WHFS (Women's Health & Family Services) launched the Somali Women's Employment project at the Brady Centre on Thursday 17th December, a 6 month project aimed at enabling Somali women to return to work or gain first time employment.

The project provides training for 20 women and involves WHFS outreach work to attract, motivate and encourage Somali women to develop the skills and confidence to get ready for the job market. The WHFS Somali Project Co-ordinator will work in partnership with specialist organisations to offer:

  • Skills assessments to determine current range of skills
  • Support to join relevant courses to enhance skills
  • Work or volunteer placements

Why the project is important

Unemployment amongst the Somali community in Tower Hamlets is disproportionately higher than average for the borough.  Whilst the number of women seeking jobs is growing, many lack the skills and experience demanded by employers.   In addition, there is a lack of awareness in the Somali community on where to access the programmes available to help improve their job prospects.

WHFS has been successfully working with the Somali community in Tower Hamlets on health projects since 1981, which ideally places us to reach out and engage with the community.  This is an exciting project for us, as we expand the range of support we offer in addition to our current health projects.


Halima Awad - Project Co-ordinator
T:  020 7377 9643
M: 07496 764 876
E:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Further information

Please click here for information on our current projects.


Features the WHFS Hear Our Voices event at the House of Commons in October 2014 and The Somali Health Conference hosted by WHFS in April 2015 at the Brady Centre

Funded by

The Wakefield & Tetley Trust and the Morrisons Foundation