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About City Gateway
Rewrite the future.

Imagine a society where everyone reaches their full potential. Where the future is not defined by the past or determined by the place a person starts.

We exist to give everyone the equal chance to change the future. And through what we do, we help change society.
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In Tower Hamlets, today, over half of all children will wake up in poverty. Many families don’t know where to turn and job opportunities for young people can be hard to access.

Possibilities are on the door step – literally. The affluence of Canary Wharf sits cheek-by-jowl with Tower Hamlets, where we’re based. Yet without help unlocking that potential, few will benefit.

This is where we step in – seeing potential – even well-hidden potential – working among young people, women and families in some of London’s communities most impacted by social and economic inequality. Our motivation and deeply held conviction is that by standing with people, providing practical input as they navigate sometimes huge obstacles, enables them to rewrite the story.

Learn more about our values ›
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Young People
Around 14% of all 18–24 year olds in London are not in education, employment or training. 20,000 of those furthest away from employment live in East London alone. We provide youth work, training courses, Traineeships and Apprenticeships for young people, readying them for the workplace.

Through our network of placements with world-leading employers, we provide opportunities that give young people vital experience, much needed confidence and essential skills.

Find out more about our opportunities for 16–24 year olds ›
‘City Gateway helped me turn my weaknesses into strengths. I am more confident I can pursue anything I dream, with a helping hand.’
Aisha, Apprentice at an Asset Management firm

Women
Last year City Gateway’s Women’s Programmes welcomed over 400 learners from 14 different ethnicities. Our youngest learner was 19 and our oldest 81.

We see the potential in women across our community and believe all women deserve the support and training to achieve their ambitions. Many have not had access to mainstream training provision and face barriers such as high debts, low confidence, low English levels and few formal qualifications. By partnering with local women to build confidence and skills, our programmes enable all women to excel in their social contribution.

Find out more about City Gateway Women’s Programmes ›
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‘When I was housebound for five years I felt depressed. Now I am out and about I get to meet new people and do new things, make new friends, learn English. I feel much better!’
Gopa, Student at City Gateway Women’s Programmes

Children and Families
Over half of all children in Tower Hamlets are growing up in poverty – one of the highest rates in the country. Many of the families we support are not sure where to turn.

We provide high quality creche facilities at our Women's Programmes site in Stepney. Alongside this we provide a programme of family support for parents with children aged 0–5, which has helped over 300 families over the last three years.

Find out more about family support
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‘My daughter had problems with her speech. Through the one-to-one support the staff offer, she is now using sentences, three or four words at a time. I’d never have achieved all this at home.’
Sandra, A local mum

*Some names have been changed to protect identity