Routes is an organisation that transforms confidence in women. We work with two different groups of women; women from refugee and asylum seeking backgrounds and women in corporate organisations. Using theatre and performance techniques we get people talking, laughing and having fun and everyone leaves our workshops with tangible outcomes that they can apply in their life, whether that’s increased confidence when speaking English in their local community, or feeling more empowered and assured before a big board meeting.

Routes started by using theatre to increase the confidence of refugee and asylum seeking women speaking English, since poor English language is the single biggest barrier to integration for new arrivals in the UK, especially for women, who are far less likely to have access to appropriate support. Many women are trapped in an unrelenting cycle where poor English language leads to low confidence, which leads to social isolation. Our workshops create the perfect envi...
Routes is an organisation that transforms confidence in women. We work with two different groups of women; women from refugee and asylum seeking backgrounds and women in corporate organisations. Using theatre and performance techniques we get people talking, laughing and having fun and everyone leaves our workshops with tangible outcomes that they can apply in their life, whether that’s increased confidence when speaking English in their local community, or feeling more empowered and assured before a big board meeting.

Routes started by using theatre to increase the confidence of refugee and asylum seeking women speaking English, since poor English language is the single biggest barrier to integration for new arrivals in the UK, especially for women, who are far less likely to have access to appropriate support. Many women are trapped in an unrelenting cycle where poor English language leads to low confidence, which leads to social isolation. Our workshops create the perfect environment in which to help women improve their language, grow in confidence and build valuable social connections. We have now run many of these workshops with ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) learners unable to access ESOL classes in London. Feedback so far has included:

Students…
“I feel free, like I can do anything” -

“Today I am happy. I like the new words.”

“Motivation to do something new. This group it renews your mind, it makes you happy.”

Teachers…
“The students were all very engaged... [everyone] tried new things in a nice, supportive environment. They all enjoyed the drama elements and were able to express different feelings and emotions. Everyone left the session feeling happy and relaxed.”

We are now looking to expand our work, addressing the gender confidence gap in the workplace. We're also hoping that working with corporate organisations who will pay for our workshops will allow us to continue providing low cost/free classes for refugee women. This business model will help us ensure long term financial sustainability.

The gender confidence gap is real and has a significant impact on our workplaces. 9 in 10 women in the UK work for a company that pays them less than men due to the lack of presence of women in senior management positions. We work with businesses and organisations who want to change this. We use theatre and performance techniques to work with businesses to ensure that women aren't held back by the gender confidence gap.
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Leyla Mclennan
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Leyla Mclennan CEO I am a young entrepreneur with previous experience in the theatre and film industry