Utulivu Women’s Group has been established for over 15 years and is based in Reading. It works to support women and girls from BAME communities, and also those seeking asylum in the UK and with refugee status. The Group aims to increase the health and wellbeing of community members, and enable them to engage and interact better with each other and also with service providers. More than 1,000 people benefit from its support over a year – taking part in social activities, outings, cultural programmes and sessions such as English language, and creative work, as well as events and workshops on issues including hate crime, racism and domestic abuse.
At the February 2021 meeting, the Foundation offered a grant of £6,080. This will contribute towards rent costs of establishing a new community hub and Safe Space Centre for the Group. The hub will provide a central venue where women and girls can meet for activities, and also bring together different members of the community – such as older people, migrants, and people with mental health concerns. It will also offer a safe space for other service providers to meet with people in crisis, and will provide volunteering, engagement and conversation opportunities to all.