Boundary Women’s Group
Boundary Women’s Project
This Project aims to encourage local women to realise their own potential, especially individuals experiencing isolation and social exclusion or minority ethnic women facing language barriers. The project is based in Shoreditch, but the group is currently able to accept referrals from all over London. The sessions take place at St Hilda’s Community Centre.
A varied programme of regular activities includes: ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages), Keep Fit, Yoga, IT sessions, varied arts and craft activities, and discussion groups. Those taking part gain new skills and become more confident in their everyday lives, while becoming involved in the wider community. They are also proudly the home of the new Juta Shoes Social Enterprise which provides training and paid employment to women who produce beautiful handmade shoes (further information about the project is available at: http://www.jutashoes.com/).
The project also has a local outreach service, helping individual women overcome isolation and providing one-to-one support to aid overcoming individual issues.
Inspire Women’s Mental Health Support
St Hilda’s is also part of the Tower Hamlets ‘Inspire’ is a Mental Health Consortium made up of a total of nine partner organisations. They have been commissioned by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and are working together to create and deliver a new and innovative range of Mental Health, Recovery & Wellbeing Services across the Borough.
As part of this programme St Hilda’s provides a service to BME women aged between 18 to 65 years living in the Tower Hamlets area. The project targets women who are socially isolated and experiencing mental health issues. It aims to empower individuals and encourage integration back into the community by building self-confidence through group activities as well as one-to-one support.
Referrals to this project can be made by professionals (contact Sultana at firstname.lastname@example.org). Individuals can also self refer directly to the Inspire Project through the website: http://www.mithn.org.uk/inspire-mental-health-recovery-service.html