Refugee Women Connect

Refugee Women Connect

Refugee Women Connect works to build a safe life in the UK for all refugee and asylum seeking women. We provide both practical and mental health support for our service users, and most recently have welcomed women and families who have fled the situation in Afghanistan.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 8 March 2022 to 12:00 PM, 22 March 2022

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1113574)

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Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£5,000

Amount raised

£5,271

Donations

31

Championed by The Big Give Trust (Champion)

    Categories

  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy
  • Mental HealthMental Health

    Helping

  • Minority GroupsMinority Groups
  • Refugees/Asylum SeekersRefugees/Asylum Seekers
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls

Location

United Kingdom

Situation

Many of our service users have fled situations of conflict, persecution, and abuse, and continue to face discrimination and hardship within the UK. In particular, many of our women have survived gender based violence, including sexual abuse and exploitation, and human trafficking. Throughout lockdown, 3/4 of our women went hungry or were unable to feed their children, 1/5 were homeless, and 85% said their mental health had worsened due to isolation and being cut off from support services.

Solution

We provide practical support for our service users, including help navigating the asylum seeking process, essential items like toiletries, nappies & cleaning products, help with housing, school access for children, and English language classes. We provide one-to-one mental health support for women recovering from trauma, as well as group wellbeing sessions to combat isolation and loneliness. These include our art group, yoga classes, a choir, a football team, group discussion etc.

  • "I'm so thankful. Because of you, they came and took us seriously and listened. Before, no-one took us seriously."

    — RWC Service User

  • "You people are like angels, helping me."

    — RWC Service User

  • "100000 thank I will never forget u and your staff. Thanks a lot, I am crying of happy."

    — RWC Service User

  • "I am OK by the grace of God and you guys. I have moved to my permanent house, me and my children are happy with our new life. Thanks for u help and support in my difficult time."

    — RWC Service User