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Partnerships In Action


In partnership with the BME Health Forum & Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in Westminster, MEWSo is helping tackle the anxieties within disadvantaged communities about taking the vaccine. And we are reminding women and their families to continue taking precautions by maintaining social distancing, wearing masks and regularly washing their hands.

Befriending Isolated Women

In partnership with the BME Health Forum, the lead organisation, MEWSo has developed befriending services to support isolated women in the community in Westminster.

We are:

  • reaching out to new clients isolated during the pandemic, in particular elderly women, single mothers, and those who are ill or disabled.

  • Our befrienders are there to help maintain and improve women's mental wellbeing by connecting them with other women in similar situations, having regular phone chats, and encouraging them to take part in our activities and workshops.

  • At the same time, we are increasing our number of trained befrienders to support these new clients.

Halaleh Taheri, MEWSo's Executive Director, said: "We know there are women in the community who are alone and still frightened by the pandemic. They are very worried for their health and their lives. Already our befrienders are explaining things to them in their native language, encouraging them to take the vaccines and helping them stay calm.

If you are feeling lonely, stressed, confused and want to connect with your community, or if you know of any woman who feels this way, call 07780 983 152 or email:


Similarly, if you’d like to become a volunteer befriender, please get in touch using the number and email above.

Healthy Bodies & Healthy Minds

MEWSo is working in partnership with the Old Fire Station, the lead organisation, and four other local organisations in Islington, on its London Together* project.

The project focuses on improving the physical health of women in Islington and we provide online Zumba classes, in English with translations in Arabic and Farsi. While the women attend these exercise sessions our advisors are available to offer advice and support in other areas of their lives, if it’s needed.

Halaleh Taheri, said: “Working in partnership like this enables us to give our clients the specific help they need. We support them with all the services we are excellent at providing and, should they need more tailored support, we can refer them to more appropriate agencies.

“This is all about offering our clients holistic support. Giving them the best help they need to survive and thrive.” 

*London Together is a key programme in the Mayor of London’s community sports programme part funded by Comic Relief.

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