African Women Impact

African Women Impact works with BME communities, especially women and young people, in order to give advice, information and support on a range of issues including education, health, domestic violence, immigration, employment etc.  It is based in Walsall in the West Midlands.  The charity runs various projects that aim to bring women together for peer support, provide positive and fun activities, and to empower women to make positive changes in their lives. Around 185 women and young people benefit from its work.

The Foundation awarded a grant of £2,000 in June 2021 to African Women Impact.  The grant is towards costs of a project that supports refugee women with mental health issues.  Around 25 women will be supported through a programme that meets twice-weekly and will be facilitated by a mental health sessional worker.  It will include health and wellbeing workshops, peer support, counselling and casework and crisis intervention where necessary.  Outcomes of the programme are that beneficiaries will be able to make sense of their experiences, drawing on their resilience and strength to recover and start rebuilding their lives; and that they will feel less socially isolated and lonely.