Our partners and supporters


Chelmsford Diocese Mothers’ Union

Chelmsford Diocese Mothers’ Union (CDMU) recognised the value of the work being done by English for Women and, in January 2018, took the project on as a part of CDMU.  They continue to provide support at Trustee level, as well as having a representative on the Steering Group.

Chelmsford Cathedral

English for Women was founded in 2015 by an Ordinand at Chelmsford Cathedral, Heike Prentice.  Chelmsford Cathedral continued to nurture the project until it moved to Chelmsford Diocese Mothers’ Union in January 2018.  Chelmsford Cathedral continues to support English for Women, and also provide office space for the project team.

The National Lottery Community Fund (https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/)

In January 2023 we were delighted to receive funding from The National Lottery Community fund which will enable us to support many more women in our communities who are isolated by language barriers.  EfW has been awarded £100,000 over 5 years from this amazing fund which helps support communities across the country.

Fowler Smith and Jones Trust

FSJ incorporates three Trusts established at different times by the Fowler Family, Albert & Florence Smith and Edward Cecil Jones. They were all very much ‘Essex people’ and the Trust makes awards throughout the county. We are very grateful for the continued support of the FSJ Trust who recognise the work of English for Women supporting the people of Essex.

Charles S French Charitable Trust

The trust was set up in memory of the late Charles French, and Trustees are committed to managing the Trust to maximise the value of annual grants made, by supporting charities which demonstrate that they make a worthwhile contribution to the needs and lives of others, primarily within Essex and North East London. The support of the Charles S French Charitable Trust has enabled English for Women to continue to have a significant impact on the lives of those who speak little or no English, and the wider community.

Individual donors

English for Women is also supported by individual donors, churches and businesses who make a huge difference by making regular donations. If you would like to make a contribution to support the work of English for Women, please go to our donations page.


Integrinet, in the form of Alistair Prentice, provides ongoing IT support to English for Women.  Alistair’s ability to get the English for Women technology up and running, often at very short notice, is nothing short of miraculous, and an invaluable donation to the project.

Navigation Web

Navigation Web produced the English for Women website as a donation to the project and we are very grateful for the work that was invested in it.

YMCA, Chelmsford

YMCA is a Christian charity that has been supporting the people of Chelmsford since 1877.  Today, the main English for Women sessions are held at their Victoria Road building.




Comments from our learners


“Here the tutor explains the problem that’s clear and simple.  I like [the] learning topic list its very helpful for me.  Weekly through study I can use bank card, describe some of the weather, how to classify recycling, understand some of the British Parliament and so on.  Especially some of the [English] habits sayings and phrases.  Useful.  I’m very grateful to English for Women.”


“EFW is a welcoming place, it is an opportunity to improve my English, to understand English culture.  I like to come here, to talk with people.  EFW is a very friendly place.”