Guest Blogger Leah from Angels of Hope for Women

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Hi, I'm Leah from Angels of Hope for Women. We operate in the Longsight and Ardwick neighbourhood and have had support from Nico Dhillon, Neighbourhood Health Worker from buzz Manchester Health & Wellbeing Service. Nico has been helping us out with funding opportunities for our organisation.

Angels of Hope for Women is run by trustees and volunteers who are passionate about supporting and empowering women in our community. Our peer support sessions are run by Saki Chowdhury MBE who has been volunteering in the community for over 20 years, her passion for supporting women was recognised by the Queen in 2012 when she was honoured with an MBE. Over the past years she has helped and empowered a number of women to start up their own businesses and live an empowered life.

We hold monthly events where we have different speakers come to speak to women about different issues such as cultural celebrations, health issues, community engagement and support, continued development, and the effects of domestic violence. These events are a chance to celebrate what the women have achieved, and also a chance to celebrate our cultural differences which when brought together can be a very powerful experience for all involved.

Our organisation was set up by BAME (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) people to support BAME women. Having people in the community who support each other is very valuable. Our organisation prides itself on supporting women from BAME backgrounds and empowering them to live the best lives they can. Having BAME professionals come and speak to the women has been very powerful in ensuring that the women are inspired by seeing people from their own communities succeed. This has given confidence to the women to want to do more in life, and be able to support others in need.

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We have recently appointed a new chair of trustees who was initially a service user. We supported this lady during a very difficult and challenging time with her 3 children. She then continued to attend our events and was so empowered that she started volunteering for our organisation. Due to her commitment and her passion to empower other women, she was appointed as the chair of trustees. This is a very successful story showing how empowered women support others to reach their potential.

We work with other BAME-led organisations supporting women, and we also refer to other organisations to make sure women get all of the holistic support they need.

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