Bringing together lonely refugees and lonely local women

The Women's Health Information and Support Centre in Liverpool is a grassroots organisation that runs a Saturday Club to enable refugee and asylum-seeking women to meet with local women and make friends. 

WHIC offers the women free Zumba, massage, nail art and henna as well providing English Language lessons. The idea came about because refugee and asylum-seeking women didn’t have anywhere to go at the weekends and often felt isolated due to poverty, lack of English and cultural barriers against women socialising in mixed gender settings.  Some of the local women too were affected by loneliness and anxiety.  The club enables all the women to mix – and share food, helping break down stereotypes of asylum seekers and refugees, who come from a range of countries, including Gambia, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Albania, Pakistan and India. 

Contact: Caroline Willcocks, Manager WHISC

p: 0151 707 1826; m: 07918682997

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