Partnerships In Action
Befriending Isolated Women
In partnership with the BME Health Forum, the lead organisation, MEWSo’s latest project is developing befriending services to support isolated women in the community in Westminster.
MEWSo is reaching out to gather many more new clients isolated during the Coronavirus pandemic, in particular elderly women, single mothers, and those who are ill or disabled.
Our Befrienders will be there to help maintain and improve their mental wellbeing: introducing them to social networks where they can connect with others in a similar situations keeping in regular contact with chats over the phone, and encouraging them to take part in the many live activities and workshops MEWSo offers online, such as new Arabic Zumba (energetic dance moves to Arabic music) and Art & Crafts.
At the same time, we are increasing our number of Befrienders to support these new clients, offering training sessions and resources, which are also available to staff, to ensure the service remains up and running well into the future.
Halaleh Taheri, Executive Director of MEWSo, said: "We know there are women in the community who are alone and frightened because of the pandemic. They dare not go out shopping or to get essential supplies because they are very worried for their health and their lives. Already our Befrienders have been in contact explaining things to them in their native language; teaching them how to shop online, and helping keep them calm.
If you are feeling lonely, stressed or just confused and want to connect with your community, or if you know of any woman who feels this way, call us on 07579 801 366 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Similarly, if you’d like to become a volunteer befriender and support women feeling the pressure in these strange times, please get in touch.
Read more about the BME Health Forum's Emotional Wellbeing Project.
Also, read the interview, by the BME Health Forum, on MEWSo’s success in offering its services to clients during Covid-19.
Healthy Bodies and 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 MEWSo provides new Arabic Zumba classes (energetic dance moves to Arabic music), in English with translations in Arabic and Farsi when necessary, which are now online. While the women attend these exercise sessions MEWSo’s advisors are also 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 extra support in areas we are not experts in, we refer them onto the appropriate agencies best able to help.”
MEWSo continues to stay in touch with clients, even if they haver been referred on, in order to maintain continuity and reassure them that MEWSo will always be there to support them whenever they need us.
“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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