WHO WE ARE
Blackburne House is a Liverpool-based charity that supports the development of local – and often vulnerable – women. With a core concentrates on education, we offer a large range of nationally recognized courses and qualifications to women – particularly in areas in which women are still under-represented. Set in a Grade II-listed building in the heart of Liverpool’s Georgian Quarter, we enable women to learn and grow in a safe environment. Blackburne House, formerly the Women’s Technology and Education Centre (WTEC), was founded in 1983 with the purpose of progressing women from disadvantaged backgrounds into employment within technical professions – an area in which, at the time, women were importantly under-represented. The organization grew rapidly and considerably and, in 1991, moved into new premises in Liverpool’s famous Georgian Quarter. More than £4m was raised in order to breathe new life back into Blackburne House and the beautiful, Grade II-listed building became our new home. Today, Blackburne House is a vibrant and thriving organization and one of the country’s leading education centers for women – but we wouldn’t have experienced the growth we have without the help of our partner organizations. Over the years, we have established a number of successful social enterprises that succeed in supporting our educational goals and provide tangible examples of how new markets can be used to serve local communities. Attracting thousands of visitors each year, our facilities now include a thriving bistro, health spa, conference and events facilities, and a 30-place nursery.
VISION & VALUES
The vision of Blackburne House is to educate and upskill women so that they can pursue professions in every sector and at every level – including maintenance, logistics, and technology, where women are still typically under-represented. We aspire to give reliance to the women we work with so that they can go on to live independent lives, believe in their dreams, and achieve their ambitions. We want to inspire our women to believe that anything is possible. We want to instill a culture of empathy and understanding; inclusion and acceptance. We want to overcome prejudice, discrimination, and adversity and create a positive and holistic environment where women can share, learn and grow. At Blackburne House, we have a core set of values that is ingrained into everything that we do. Those values are integral to our organization, helping to define our long-term goals and objectives and influence the way we work.
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