Since then the project has become a respected stakeholder advancing equality in Wales and broadening women's experiences and opportunities to; engage in public and political roles, volunteering and community participation, gaining meaningful employment, and accessing higher education.
In the first year alone, Women Making a Difference successfully attracted over 50 women to the training programme; those who would not normally have the opportunity to take part in this level of training. The participants came from a wide range of backgrounds, young women, women who live in high areas of deprivation, diverse ethnic minorities (including Iranian, West African, Chinese and Sudanese women), as well as women with disabilities; both learning and physical. All of them had the desire and potential to 'make a difference' in their own local communities.
Since 2005 we have trained over 800 women across Wales. These women are the trailblazers for the project, working together on social action projects to celebrate our diverse communities and supporting each other in their endeavours. Of the 800+ trainees, our commitment to diversity and inclusion has transpired in that:
- 36% of the alumni are BME women
- 26% consider themselves as disabled
- 24% have a Muslim, Hindu, Sikh or Buddhist religion
- 3% are LGBT
- 20% aged 50+
- 11% aged 18-24