SSBA Community Trust

Heba Women's Project

Heba provides training in English language, IT and sewing and enterprise opportunities to women of all backgrounds and faiths. Through the medium of training and enterprise, socially isolated women are provided with a friendly social context in which to meet new people and increase in confidence. With the closure of our main funder during the recession, Heba is facing a crisis. New funding will be in place from January but until then we need to raise emergency funds to keep our classes open in the autumn term.

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1060395)




  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Older PeopleOlder People
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)



Heba aims to give isolated women a way into the community through training, enterprise opportunities and the provision of a safe and welcoming social environment encompassing a variety of social and ethnic backgrounds. The last of these three, the provision of a social context outside the home and family, should not be underestimated for its positive impact on the confidence, sense of self and sometimes mental health of women living here. Heba Women’s Project is now part of the SSBA Community Trust, charity no. 1060395, which was established in 1996, although Heba itself was created by the Spitalfields Small Business Association in 1990 to enable a group of eight Bangladeshi women, wives of leather workers, to meet together to learn English and explore work opportunities. Heba currently runs six English language classes, four sewing classes, two IT classes and a reading group from our centre on Brick Lane, as well as sewing and English classes in the Montefiore Centre on Hanbury Street. 92% of our beneficiaries come from Tower Hamlets but our activities are open to all women from across London.