Black and Minority Women’s Engagement project
Women from minority groups are often isolated due to lack of language, no local connections to the wider community or through cultural restrictions on women. Her Centre will provide training and events as a way to engage and support women from these communities to take up our advice and support
September 2014 - August 2017
Charity information: Her Centre Limited
Women new to the country, particularly those with no English, face isolation and lack support for practical or personal problems. They are far from home support if experiencing abuse. This could include fear of forced marriage or FGM for their children, honour based violence, or domestic or sexual abuse. Our project will provide English classes, arts groups and events for women and children in order to win women’s trust and so be able to offer them support with abuse or relationship breakdown.
The project will provide English, parenting and health awareness classes, which will develop useful skills and links to local services. Parenting will touch on both FGM and forced marriage and their legal status. Health will touch on mental health and causes of stress. Self esteem will cover awareness of abuse and where to go for help. All of these will build women’s confidence in themselves and in our services. Our events will promote women’s awareness and build new support links for women.
To build women’s trust and ability to reach out through key training courses
Activities» Run 3 10 week English classes a year, 4 4 week parenting courses a year, 4 6 week health awareness courses a year, and 5 4 self esteem courses
Success will be attendance of 100 women at training courses each year, followed by 25 women taking up of Her Centre support
To run two social events a year bringing together women from a wide range of communities
Activities» To set up a summer and winter celebration event with service users providing singing, dance and food from their own cultures, inviting new women.
Success will be 200 women and children attending events each year, followed by 40 of these new women taking up our training and other services.
The project will lead to 100 women each year having more knowledge and confidence to use local services and with more connections outside their families. There will be 25 women each year who have been supported to get safe from an abusive relationship. Through developed contacts within these communities we will be better able to link Black and minority ethnic women into our services in future, as they will know about us through their own local communities where we have relationships.
There is a risk that some communities will discourage women attending our classes, which we will deal with by showing the project as a separate aspect of our work, and being tactful and discreet in our dealings with local communities. We have encountered this issue in the past and been able to discuss and resolve this through community leaders. Risk to women should they decide to leave which we reduce through careful safety planning by specialist staff.
Donors can opt for a monthly link to our website and face book page as they would like. We will also provide an electronic copy of our annual report.
Budget - Project Cost: £40,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £28,000 Engagement officer full time post including NI and pension £5,000 trainers fees to run parenting course £2,000 events costs for room hire, reimbursing women for food £2,000 flyers, phone, travel for post holder to link with women, for courses £3,000 office costs for project on costs
The project will take place in Woolwich in our free meeting space, events run in local public halls in the Woolwich area. Royal Greenwich is a mixed area with pockets of wealth but also high levels of deprivation, particularly in Woolwich and nearby Plumstead and Thamesmead. Woolwich and Plumstead also have a very high level of new communities, particularly Somali and Vietnamese (Woolwich), Nepalese, Bangladeshi, and Pakistani (Plumstead).
Somali are 67% single parent families facing poverty. Vietnamese women rely on children to interpret for them. Nepalese are from one of the poorest countries, with high levels of illiteracy and limited English. Many Pakistani and Bangladeshi women came into the country through arranged marriages, some forced. Most of these cultures still practice forced marriage, Somali and Pakistan still practice FGM. All these women will benefit from training, community links and from access to our services.
We have already run a black and minority ethnic development service over 5 years through setting up local community women’s groups and then identifying in these groups their priorities for training and events. We also have a qualified English volunteer trainer and our Domestic Abuse Counsellor will provide the self esteem courses. We work with a free health training agency and have run their courses previously.
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Our previous BAMER development manager has great connections across 13 different communities and is skilled at promoting and engagement.
Anuk will provide the self esteem training and runs our existing support group and therapeutic counselling.
Sam provides our English training at a level basic enough to be inclusive and fun enough to keep women returning. Classes of 25 or more each course.