The 1V Women’s Network is a group that meets on a regular basis and strives to cater for the cultural and emotional needs of females in Blackburn and Darwen, especially those from BME and Asylum/Refugee backgrounds.
The group feed into the mainstream activities of One Voice Blackburn. The 1V Women’s Network highlight issues relating to health and well being, as well as employability and empowerment to create local female leaders. The group also work on community cohesion initiatives.
LADIES DONATE ITEMS TO ARC PROJECT
The women’s network donated some vital items to the Asylum and Refugee project (ARC) to support families moving to Blackburn with Darwen.
The WN also hosted Zainab Rabat from Slimming world, who gave some useful insight into healthy eating. Jackie Floyd, one of Blackburn’s newest councillors gave a talk about women in politics. And he ladies went away on their summer break after having a lovely meal at Kebabish.
NETWORK BECOMES DEMENTIA FRIENDLY
The Women’s Network ladies became dementia friends after a 45 minute session on learning of the condition. Dementia affects the South Asian heritage community disproportionately higher than other communities, and awareness remains relatively low.
SCREENING EVENT RAISES IMPORTANT ISSUES
HIGH TEA FOR WOMEN’S NETWORK
As part of a Near Neighbours project the ladies of Women’s Network, and Ivy St Community Centre joined forces to host a high Tea event at Ivy Ct. Community Centre.
The two hour event featured, food, drink and good conversation on a rainy March day. The get together was part of a long running One Voice community cohesion initiative to get members of different communities to talk to each other.
Around 20 women attended the invitation event and it is hoped that this will be a regular event.
“It was a great opportunity talk to the ladies at Ivy St. Community Centre. some of them have agreed to join our Network.”