We offer a wide range of services for women living in Barking & Dagenham, and across East London.
Information & Advice
Advice and information on all kinds of topics is provided: welfare benefits, housing, education, job search and other more general issues. We have a Somali and Swahili advice worker on hand to meet language needs.
Community Café & Drop-in
We operate an open-door policy. Call in for a chat and some refreshments, get to make new friends and find out more about what we do and how we can help you.
Many of our services, in particular, offer practical and emotional support to women asylum seekers and refugees, and their children.
Women Wellbeing Project
We run a monthly support group to promote wellbeing, and organise counselling sessions as required. We aim to raise awareness of mental health issues, healthy eating and how best to promote emotional health and wellbeing.
Cooking classes focused on improved nutrition and better diets are offered along with other lifestyle coaching and general health advice.
“We want to continue to reduce domestic violence against women and girls – and become a exemplar FGM prevention and survivors centre in East London”
Support for any woman or young girl experiencing abuse and FGM, and other preventative support work against FGM, is provided.
“Barking and Dagenham is now the 2nd poorest borough in London, there is lots of poverty. We want to increase women’s participation in learning and employment”
Learning & Skills
A programme of courses that aim to offer new opportunities for women, including practical courses, building confidence, learning leadership skills and vitally learning English. Language learning is combined with cultural activities and citizenship initiatives.
Basic computer courses are available, and we have full Internet facilities.
We look to improve women’s employability, helping them to get ready for the workplace, CV writing, presentational and interview skills, and using computers to search for jobs. Our regular Work Club meets weekly.
Social & other Support Groups
Taster sessions are offered on sewing and costume making. Informal learning includes the provision of arts, crafts and cultural workshops. Women are encouraged to form their own mutual support groups.