Our Vision

For all marginalised women in our communities who have little or no English language to be integrated and empowered to contribute to society.

Our values

  • Connection – reducing isolation through a warm welcome crossing all cultures
  • Communication – language classes to help learners find their voice and gain confidence
  • Culture – sharing, and making sense of, the culture in which we live

Our sessions

Free English classes run from 10am-12noon on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during term time in central Chelmsford.  All women are welcome regardless of nationality, culture, faith or language.  English for Women provides a safe space, resources and a great many dedicated volunteers to help our learners improve their conversational ability, make friends, learn about the culture of the UK and feel less isolated.

English for Women is not a formal or curriculum-based class.  Our sessions are conversation-led and topic-based so our learners can learn about a subject without feeling they have missed something from the previous week / session.

If you would like to try one of our sessions just come along and enjoy our warm welcome.  Session run from Chelmsford YMCA, Victoria Road.  Access is through the white gate from 9.45, (the gate is closed at 10.15).

If you have any questions, please email admin@englishforwomen.org

Comments from our learners

“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.”

“EFW is a very friendly and helpful community.  I learnt a lot about British traditions and everyday life, and also discovered many interesting facts.  I met new people and made new friends, we often go out for a coffee and it’s very interesting to learn traditions of different countries.

I would like to say thank you to all our wonderful teachers and volunteers for your time and interesting lessons.  Every time when I come home after my classes I have some new interesting information about England to share with my husband J .”