English Lessons

Every Monday during term-time, we provide free English lessons for over 100 women.

We have classes suitable for every woman, from Beginner to Advanced, with a dedicated group for mums to learn English alongside their young children. The classes are designed to equip women with the skills and knowledge they need to rebuild their lives in the UK and we often go on cultural trips around London.

“When I arrived in this country I could not understand English, and now after joining the English class I am able to speak English in front of people, even in public”

Women who have progressed through the different classes or arrived with good English language skills can join our Intersectional Feminist discussion group led by the inspirational Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu. In addition, we run a writing group led by writer Lucasta Miller for women who are ready to take their written storytelling to the next level.

Drama

Our drama group, Refugee Women’s Voice, is hosted by the Southbank Centre on Fridays and supports women to develop performance poetry to tell their stories safely and creatively to wide audiences.

The group, led by community theatre director Rebecca Laughton, welcomes all abilities and has a strong focus on building confidence and community.

The drama group performed their #SetHerFree poem against immigration detention to an audience of 80,000 at the Women’s March on London in 2017. We’ve also worked on creative exchange projects with other local and global refugee groups, such as The Wall of Dreams and Hear Her Singing.

Rainbow Sisters

Rainbow Sisters is a supportive, welcoming and confidential group open to all lesbian and bisexual asylum-seeking women.

The group meets weekly on Mondays and regularly welcomes inspiring speakers and activists, such as Lady Phyll, founder of UK Black Pride. Rainbow Sisters attended Pride 2018 and spoke at UK Black Pride. The group meets a real need for a safe space for lesbian women and has enabled some women to understand and celebrate their sexuality for the first time.

Please call or text Sarah, the group facilitator, if you would like to talk about joining: 07950 118 998

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Advice

Thanks to a partnership with Notre Dame Refugee Centre, we are able to offer advice on immigration, housing, welfare benefits, destitution support and access to education.

Advice is given by a fully qualified caseworker who is with us on Wednesdays, and sees on average six women per week, on an appointments basis.

“Heike, the advice worker, put me at ease and really helped to resolve my situation. I did not know what to do before I came here, but now I know my options and have a roof over my head again.”

Transitions

We have recently started a new Transitions group to support women who have their refugee status and the right to work to take the next steps in rebuilding their lives in the UK.

We are currently supporting women to find part-time employment, volunteering opportunities and to access education. In partnership with Birkbeck’s outreach team, we have been able to offer courses in basic computer skills for the women in this group. These courses are essential for women to begin developing the computer skills required to rebuild their lives in the UK, whether that be for future employment, study or simply for going about life in a digitalised society.

Yoga

Our gentle Monday morning yoga classes support women’s mental and physical wellbeing by focusing on laughter, improving self-esteem and releasing stress.

Our gentle Monday morning yoga classes support women’s mental and physical wellbeing by focusing on laughter, improving self-esteem and releasing stress.

 “Yoga has helped me mentally because it is about being calm, listening to your body and this makes you feel so relaxed.”

Empowerment Courses

We offer a range of empowerment courses to enable women to understand their rights and develop their skills.

This year we have run the ‘Storytelling with a purpose’ course with Ginger Public Speaking, computer skills courses and creative textiles workshops at The Breakfast Club.

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Regional Networks

We work closely with refugee groups across the country to develop nationwide campaigns and networks that are grassroots-led.