Networks of support
Understanding the characteristics and features of networks that would support women from refugee and migrant backgrounds to access education and employment was at the heart of the 3Es to Freedom program and the associated research. The shift from a timetabled educational program to a program that fostered social networks came with the recognition of the link between social capital, well-being and employment. As Woolcock (1998, p.154) indicated, social capital enables people to be ‘hired, healthy, happy and housed’. The first phase of the action research focused on investigating and understanding the nature of these networks (Whitaker, Hughes, & Rugendyke, 2018).