Meeting and sharing experiences with other women (and men) in similar situations helps reduce anxiety and isolation. It can be the first step to find solutions to problems which may seem unique and insurmountable. We have found that peer support and collective self help are a lifeline especially when statutory and voluntary services are being so drastically cut, and times are harder for everyone. Women coming to the Centre are from all walks of life and from very diverse backgrounds – younger and older, of different races and ethnic backgrounds, LBTQ women, women with disabilities, mothers and carers in different situations. We come together to exchange information, work together and support each other. 

Resources

All African Women’s Group for all women seeking asylum meets fortnightly on Tuesdays.  Please contact them https://www.facebook.com/AllAfricanWomen or email aawg02@googlemail.com . The Self-Help Guide for Asylum Seekers and their Supporters is free to asylum seekers and is available here.

Support Not Separation mothers’ group for those facing separation from their children – meets on the second Wednesday of every month (except August).   Please contact Legal Action for Women sns@legalactionforwomen.net  for more details.  See their blog for more information:  https://supportnotseparation.blog/  Their Self-Help Guide to the Family Courts is available here

Women Against Rape’s Self Help Guide Justice is Your Right is available here.

WinVisible (women with visible and invisible disabilities) has self-help information on a range of issues and benefits here.  Contact them to find out more about their activities.

For self-help advice about lowering energy bills and related issues, see Fuel Poverty Action