The wider community of Ethnic Minority women struggle to integrate fully into society, one of the reasons is not being able to communicate with others.
Most, if not all women that we are working with have little or no English knowledge whether that be speaking or writing. This exposes huge barriers for the individuals and prevents them from being able to fully give back to community while improving themselves.
Not being able to speak English has had a huge effect on their confidence and has stopped them wanting to go out as much or to start studying.
So, to help with breaking down communication barriers, we had taken the decision to organise our English Café and to run it regularly every week.
The aims and the objective of the English café is to improve the groups:
- Language Skills
- Knowledge of grammar
- Vocabulary building
- Managing mental well being
By regularly providing English help it allows any women, especially those who are in no education to have the basic skills and knowledge that will help them stay at a level stage as their peers and to then successfully be accepted into further education, volunteering and employment.
As the classes are a mix of levels, we ensure that everyone is always progressing constantly by tailoring the work to what they want to improve on and based on individual’s needs. Level and ability.
All of which will help equip women with skills and knowledge that will be able to help them integrate into the community and to give them confidence and a better chance with potential employability and education.
-Health & Fitness club
We are working closely with Glasgow life to organise and plan a few different activities for women, there are plans in place to start badminton, cycling and swimming in the next coming months.
We have been working with Glasgow Life to offer badminton sessions. The badminton course is for Afghan and ethnic minority women who are isolated, underrepresented and are facing huge issues with integrating in their new home (Glasgow). The course caters for people with little or limited badminton experience and aims to boost the confidence and skill level of the group.
Through badminton we aim to increase; women participation in physical activities, women engagements, the chances of women being active in their community, increase the chances of future employment for women.
The main aim is to empower women within our community to become independent and make positive choices of life
Following the 5 weeks, suitable participant will attend a proposed Badminton Basics Fun Games Course where an attendance certificate and resource pack will also be provided. This is to encourage and ensure the continuation of the course. A family session will be organised, providing families a place where they can get fit and have fun with their family in a public setting.
-Asylum & Immigration Support&Housing
We have links and partnerships with a number of organisations that can help provide any support to families going through the asylum process or are having difficulties with housing.
If you know of any families that are having difficulties or are afraid to ask for help please get in touch with us via our contact us tab.
Members of our Womens Group have completed the Emergency First Aid at Work
The training was organised in partnership with Glasgow Life (Glasgow Sport) and concentrated on the three principals of First Aid which are; Preserving Life, Preventing the casualty’s condition deteriorating and helping to promote recovery.
The course was organised so the group would have a better understanding about the importance of first aid not only at work but also at home.
In an emergency people often fail to provide adequate care for a casualty. Some people when faced with a crisis often are overcome by fear and anxiety and may panic. Bystanders to an accident can have fears that they may do the wrong thing, cause further injury to a casualty or be harmed themselves, such as catching a disease. These reactions can often result in a delay in a casualty receiving the necessary treatment or the quality of the treatment being compromised. The First Aid training course provided the opportunity for the group to learn exactly what to do and be able to overcome any of these fears. This training will ensure the group is able to react with greater confidence, composure and self-assurance in the unfortunate event of an emergency.
Not only did the course improve the groups confidence but it can also improve their overall employability. By completing their First Aid training, the group improved their opportunities in securing a new job or meeting the requirements of an existing position that may require them to have these qualifications.
Protecting & Safeguarding Children,
The safeguarding & protecting children course is carried out by Glasgow Life.
It was open to our:
- Sessional Workers
All volunteers took part in this interactive workshop designed to help recognise poor practice and red flags of abuse while also prompting a review of their work to ensure that a positive and enriching experience is provided for all children.
The individuals went through new scenarios giving them the opportunity to learn through decisions, exploring the consequences of those decisions in a safe and supportive environment and helping to increase their confidence.
The scenarios that were provided were designed to help guide them make informed choices and action when also working with vulnerable children and adults.
Fire & Safety at home,
The Home & Fire Safety presentation is carried out by the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service
Many fires in the home are caused by a single moment of carelessness and could easily be prevented. This session gave the group the knowledge they needed to be aware of possible fire hazards around the home and to take steps to protect themselves and their family from fire.
The session covered:
Smoke Alarms- The importance of testing smoke alarms
Preventing Common Fires – ways to be safer when cooking
Planning Escape routes – the importance of having an escape plan
This session is open to all individuals, If you would like to register for a session please contact us.
There are ongoing money management sessions that provide one to one help for individuals that are struggling with managing their money.
We have advised individuals from the group on how to work out their weekly, daily and monthly spending and how to manage their savings.
Taking the time to manage their money better can really help. This can help stay on top of bills and save money each year. Extra savings to pay for holidays, trips or shopping.
If you would like to register for a session please contact us.
Peer support facilitation
Peer support facilitation is ongoing throughout our sessions.
The adoption of ongoing Peer support facilitation within the group is a way to help group members;
Decrease levels of depression,
Have a sense of community belonging,
A number of individuals in the group now volunteer for The Women Empowerment Project, whether that be at the regular session or for teaching.
The benefits of volunteering are not only for us as an organisation but for those who volunteer. Some of the main benefits of volunteering are:
1) Volunteering connects you to others
-Dedicating their time as a volunteer helps them make new friends, expand their network, and boost their social skills.
-Volunteering allows individuals to connect with their community and make it a better place. Even helping out with the smallest tasks can make a real difference to the lives of people. It strengthens their ties to the community and broadens their support network.
2)Volunteering is good for your mind and body
– Volunteering helps counteract the effects of stress, anger and anxiety. The social contact aspect of helping and working with others can have a profound effect on overall psychological well-being.
3)Volunteering can advance your career
Volunteering gives the individuals the opportunity to practice important skills used in the workplace, such as teamwork, communication, problem solving, project planning, task management, and organization.
4)Volunteering brings fun and fulfilment to your life
-Doing volunteer work that they find meaningful and interesting can be a relaxing, energizing escape from their day-to-day routine of work, school, or family commitments.
If you would like to volunteer for our organisation please contact us.
New Scots- Refugee & the Asylum Process
The New Scots training was carried out by the Scottish Refugee Council and was open to:
-Steering Committee Members
The New Scots- Refugees & the Asylum Process training draws on the experiences of people that are seeking Asylum and those who have come through the UK Asylum Process.
The Course examines why people might need to flee their own country, how they seek asylum in the UK, the processes and steps involved in seeking asylum and what opportunities exist for rebuilding their lives here in Scotland.
This was a great and vital chance to become more informed about the whole Asylum Process and what many of the women in the group have went through or are going through.
A number of our Women’s group members have successfully applied and been accepted into University and college courses.
We offer 1 on 1 session to help any individuals with their course applications and also offer workshops that target and focus on personal statement writing.
We understand that individuals whose first language is not English may find educational applications to be quite difficult and overwhelming, our aim is to remove any fear associated with application processes and provide guidance.
The skills that are gained by variety of sessions we provide can all be included in applications as well as aiding their future studies.
-Theory & Practical driving support
We provide block Theory & Practical Driving session to help provide support for those wanting to pass their tests, a number of females have already successfully passed through our programme and more have booked their tests.
Learning to drive gives individuals the following;
-Freedom & independence- Having access to a car and the ability to drive gives you a wonderful sense of freedom. The individuals will not have to rely on their husband or on anyone else.
-Responsibility – Many people find that learning to drive makes them much more responsible.
Giving the group the opportunity to learn and pass their theory test and to then go on to pass their practical test, will empower them to become independent and increase their confidence while also making their life a lot easier.