This project provides information, support and advice, promotes health awareness and identifies the health needs of BME women who may not have had access to health information with appropriate language support and in a culturally appropriate way in a group setting.
The Hopes & Dreams group recognises that there are specific barriers faced by BME women and women who are new to the country. Issues such as FGM, so-called ‘honour based violence’, forced marriage, racism and how to challenge discrimination are discussed in a sensitive way with women sharing their own experiences.
The project offers –
- Weekly BME women’s group in Bramley
- Interpreters provided
- Support with transport and snacks offered
- Covers topics such as domestic abuse (whether from partners, friends or family members) and health and wellbeing issues
- Support to overcome barriers to accessing mainstream services.
What women have said about this project –
We are women of all walks of life and we have a lot in common. We can be free.
I feel more in control and I have more options. I can go one place and or another. I have more choices and can be involved in making it a better place for our women.
I was so happy that the volunteer can speak Arabic. I was isolated and afraid to go out and I started attending the group. The women were very supportive and I felt great.
You can refer yourself or be referred by a professional. If you’d like a referral form, a leaflet or to ask us any questions, contact us on 0113 2762851.