The Sweet Programme

The SWEET Project is designed to help women make changes in their lives and achieve their goals. It helps women from ethnic minorities in West London who would like to get a full or part time job or at least to take the first steps towards getting a job, for example by starting some training or doing a work placement. The Project is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund.

The Partners

Paddington Development Trust is the lead partner coordinating the programme. It works with the following partners:

  • Urban Partnership Group (UPG)
  • Get Set
  • Equi-Vision
  • Belina Consulting

The partners work with women from Hammersmith and Fulham; Harrow; Brent; Ealing; Barnet; Hillingdon and Hounslow.

What SWEET offers:

  • Your own personal adviser
  • Free, friendly, confidential, one to one appointments
  • Help to generate a good CV
  • Encouragement to develop your skills and confidence
  • Help with English, if you need it
  • Links to full and part time jobs
  • Informed guidance to find the right training course or small business start-up
  • Friendly groups with other women
  • Workshops within the community
  • A little extra help with childcare and clothes

If you would like to know more, or to join the programme, please call 020 7605 0800 or email nina@upg.org.uk



Congratulations to Suraia, SWEET programme graduate who has just started a new job in Westfield West London. Suraia joined SWEET in 2016 when she was looking for support in preparing for employment. Her children grew up so she was keen to get new skills and perhaps a job.Suraia said,

‘’I wanted to get a job but didn’t know where to start, I felt that I didn’t have skills and wasn’t even sure what I would like to do. My adviser was there for me along the way, helping me to build confidence, evaluate options, find training courses and volunteering, apply for jobs and prepare for interviews. I’m very happy now as I have a job that I enjoy, but not only that, I also made friends for life and gained new skills, and I know that my children are proud of me.’’


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