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 and fundraising 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 continue 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.

Church Welfare Association

The Church Welfare Association was founded in 1910 and is a grant awarding charity who have been a great supporter of English for Women since 2017.  Their continued support has been an invaluable contribution which has enabled us to maintain and grow the services we are able to offer.

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, provide 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.”