Soap for the Future - Women's Projects

Craft & Enterprise Course for Women

Soap for the Future is our craft soap start-up, selling soap and investing in local women. 

We are currently piloting a new project in Manchester: a craft and enterprise course designed to help women feel great, get creative, make friends, develop their business skills and boost their C.V.s. 

What does the course involve?

This course will help you gain skills and confidence using creativity.


On this course, you'll meet up as small local groups to create, market and sell handmade products, guided by our tutor.  


Through our making sessions we teach business basics, and have fun and make friends at the same time!  

The kinds of products that we'll be making are: printed gift cards and framed prints, jewellery and textiles, and your own passion project. 

We will invest in the materials you need, so there is no cost to taking part

You'll get a free place on our introduction to soap-making course, with travel costs to and from the venue reimbursed. 

We also match you to a personal mentor. You'll meet your mentor for 1:1 sessions focussed on you and the steps you want to take towards achieving your goals. 

If possible, the project also involves volunteering on our project's market stall. 

We hope you'll leave the project feeling more confident, with something impressive to add to your CV, and feeling more positive about your ability to achieve your goals. 

How long does the course last and what is the time-commitment? 

It is a 6-month project, starting in November/December 2020. 

Your time commitment involves: 

  • Regular local group sessions (one afternoon every 2 weeks)

  • Meeting up with your personal mentor (between 3 and 6 times over the six months, for about 1.5 hours each time you meet).

  • Attending our 2-day soap making course. 

  • A celebration event in April 2021. 

  • You'll also be invited to volunteer on our market stall selling the products you've made during the project, and our craft soap. Dates and times to be arranged and depend on Covid_19 restrictions. 

Overall we think you can expect this course to take up approximately 4 days per month of your time. 

Who can take part?

This project is only open to people aged 18+ who self-identify as women or non-binary, who are currently out of work or education. 


Our main funder also requires that participants are eligible to work in the UK and have a National Insurance number. We have a smaller amount of additional funding that means only a very very limited number of places can be given to people who don't fit that requirement.

If you'd like to take part but you aren't sure if you are eligible for a free place, please get in touch and let us know your situation so we can decide together.  

Where will the course be held? 


Adult education is allowed to continue under current rules, so we've tried to design this project to enable small groups of women to meet up within walking distance of their homes to take part in this course. We will make every effort to keep these meet ups safe, working within government and NHS guidelines. If Covid_19 guidance changes again, we will have to review this plan. 

Our local venues are: 

TDS Dance Studio in Abbey Hey

Levy Old Library in Levenshulme

A Community Centre in Longsight

Birch Community Centre in Rusholme 

There will also be an online version of this course, for anyone who is shielding or uncomfortable joining in-person groups at this time. The online version will include activities adapted to be more suited to remote participation, with a pack sent out with materials in. 

When you sign up, you'll be asked which of these groups you are applying to join. 

Whats the deadline for signing up?

The project starts in November/December 2020. Sign up will stay open until all of our course places are full. We aren't sure how quickly the places will fill up, so we recommend applying for your free place on the course as soon as possible if you are interested.  

What if want to join in with the online course but I don't have access to the internet?

Please contact us by phone to let us know you are interested in the course and tell us your situation. We may be able to help you get online and access to a device. You can phone creative city on 07496084487. 

What happens after the project ends? 

We hope to help you move towards your next steps, possibly into future projects, other opportunities, volunteering placements or maybe even jobs or enterprises of your own.  

Free Craft and Enterprise Course with SF

With huge thanks to this project's funders: European Social Fund, The WEA and The Education and Skills Funding Agency. And additional support from Arcon housing association and One Manchester.