LEADER MEETS REFUGE GROUP
Chair of the One Voice Women’s Network Saaleha Patel and Women’s Network member Farha Deeba visited women’s refuge Humraaz to talk about inequality, women’s rights and the effects of mental health.
Farah inspired the women by sharing her own personal story of great courage and hope. Farha further extended her support to the women in the refuge in a bid to encourage their independence by offering employment opportunities at her business Haji’s Cuisine.
Firoza Mohmed, Service Manager at Humraaz said,
“This talk was a wonderful success and very encouraging. We look forward to working in partnership with the One Voice Women’s Network to support our women.”
FIRE STATION VISIT IS AN EXPERIENCE
The 1V Women’s Network enjoyed an educational visit to Blackburn Community Fire Station learning about fire safety. They also learnt about the substantial training that fire fighters must go through, including medical training and knowing how to respond to cardiac arrest emergencies in the case of ambulances not being available.
The visit was facilitated by Community Safety Officer at Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, Faxi Assi.
TAKING INTERNATIONAL EVENT TO THE COMMUNITY
The One Voice Women’s Network celebrated International Women’s Day by Holding a High Tea on Saturday 11th March at Bangor Street Community Centre.
Guests included Kate Hollern MP for Blackburn, the Mayoress of Blackburn with Darwen and many other women from Blackburn and Darwen.
All the women brought one sumptuous dish each and received a complimentary head massage or facial. The women spoke about mental health and discussed the importance of a healthy mind and body.
Female empowerment and independence were at the forefront of discussions. Ahlam Hasan, the 2017 1V Woman of the Year shared her personal trajectory speaking of her journey to the UK from Syria.
International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
“We were really surprised at the level of the turnout,” said Sadia Rafiq from the Women’s Network, “It was great to see so many inspirational local women in one room talking about some life changing experiences.”
NETWORK AIMS TO HELP LOCAL WOMEN
The 1V Women’s Network is a group that meets twice a month and strives to cater for the cultural and emotional needs of BME females in Blackburn and Darwen. The group will feed into the mainstream activities of One Voice Blackburn. The group is at its early stages but will focus on employability and work related skills to empower women to become leaders within their communities.
GROUP HOST CAREERS ADVICE
The 1V Women’s Network welcomed local careers advisors to talk about employment opportunities in Blackburn and Darwen. The National Careers Service and the Talk English Project leads spoke to the ladies through a lengthy workshop focused on creating an impressive curriculum vitae. The session was held at Bangor St Community Centre with a follow up session organised for the 4th March (10-11.30am).
CORE GROUP ESTABLISHED
1V Women’s Network have established a core group that meets every 8 weeks and is made up of representatives from other female groups in Blackburn and Darwen. The 1V Women’s Network understand that communication and collaboration will help to improve the well-being and prospects for women living in Blackburn and Darwen.
If you are a lead for a women’s group in Blackburn and would like to join the growing 1V Women’s Network then email us at:
A NEW BEGINNING
The 1V Women’s Network held their first meeting of the current season in early October 2016.
Early discussions included a range of ideas the network would work on to include; children and self- harm, mental health, understanding emotional well-being and exploring the importance of conversation with partners and dependants. Emotional health for women developed deep conversations, particularly in relation to women who had suffered a miscarriage or experienced a stillbirth. The discussions would help to arrange several health professionals to speak about topics in future meetings.