International Women’s Day Event – RWWA 2020

Another successful International Women’s Day Event by Rochdale Women’s Welfare Association

The day begun with our Treasurer, Zahida Perveen welcoming everyone to our event. Zahida spoke in Urdu whilst our Deputy Manager Tanzeem Mahmood, translated to English.  This was to ensure everyone attending received the same welcome to our International Women’s Event.

Cllr Sameena Zaheer spoke a few words about her experience as a woman becoming a Councillor to serve her local Councillor.  Shazia Kamran from Hopwood Hall College also spoke about her work as an ESOL Tutor and the support given to adults whose first language is not English, in teaching English.

The success of the day is thanks to Khaldha Manzoor, Centre Manager, and her amazing staff team who have worked hard over the last few months ensuring everything went to plan.

Lots of different agencies attended the day in order to network and promote their services to the women of Rochdale Borough (Rochdale, Heywood, Middleton and The Pennines). 

In addition to the agencies who attended we had female staff from Greater Manchester Police, Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service and the British Army.  All the females from the three services spoke about their careers to the women visiting their displays. Lance Corporal (LCpl) Eleanor Ramsden & LCpl Ella Murr from the British Army North West Outreach Team spoke about their time serving as soldiers. They also brought along two headsets which the women and young girls enjoyed having a virtual experience of jumping out of an aeroplane. Everyone of all ages, who had a go, said they enjoyed the experience.  One of the women attending the event spoke to the two LCpl’s about her father spending time in the British Indian Army and how she has his medals from his time served.

Greater Manchester Army Cadets also had a stall to show the work they do with young people between the ages of 12 and 18.  The Army Cadets are a uniformed youth organisation like the other uniformed youth organisations such as the Police Cadets, Fire Cadets, Guides and Scouts.

Some of the women enjoyed pampering sessions which included Head and Hand Massages, Mendhi, Hair & Make Up and much more.  Great food was available at lunch time and then sweets were on sale from The Candy Shak for those with a sweet tooth.

Speaking to Khaldha Manzoor after the event she said “Thank you to everyone who came along to our event. I would like to give a huge thanks to the local business’ who never fail to provide food and prizes for our raffles. I would also like to thank Gail Hopper, Director of Children’s Services for Rochdale Borough who took time out of her busy schedule to come along and spend some time at our event.”

The following are the businesses who regularly support RWWA.

Arif Cash & Carry, Watan Cash & Carry, Punjab Take Away, A1 Chip Shop and Chunky Chicken.

Bereavement Training for Counsellors

On the 25 February our Counselling Coordinator, Jet Harding, delivered Bereavement Training titled Loss and Grief to our trainee counsellors. This is to ensure continued professional development in meeting the areas needed towards their counselling qualification.

The Bereavement Training was a full day training which covered the following topics:

To understand loss and grief

To understand bereavement

The impact loss & grief/bereavement has on ourselves and clients

To understand how individual grief is

To understand different models around loss and grief

How to support a client who is grieving

We are hoping over the next few months that the in-house training delivered will be put out to other organisations and members of the public.  More to follow on this when news is available.

RWWA Girls Forum

Over the last few weeks RWWA Girls Forum has enjoyed different activities which included a visit from the local police.  The evening was titled ‘Mums and Daughters night’.  The police were invited to speak with everyone and hold a question and answer session.  The visiting officers were PC Richard 18287 and PCSO Stacy 71658.

The evening was very informative with different subjects covered. 

The officers discussed the different roles and powers of a PCSO and a PC.  How many ‘prank’ 999 calls are made in a year and when to use 101 for non-emergency. What kind of crime is reported around the local area. The importance of wearing a seatbelt and how we can protect ourselves through self-defence.  

The police also spoke about the police cadets for young people as well as joining the police as an adult.

The girls were very relaxed during the session and asked lots of question such as:  Why the Police had cameras attached to their vest and what was the scariest incident that they had to face.

The night was a huge success with positive feedback given by the mums who attended as well as the girls.

At a recent session of the girl’s group, the girls were introduced to sewing machines. Some had never used one before and really enjoyed using them and plans are already in place of what they will make over the next few weeks.  More to follow on this when completed.

The sessions encourage empowerment and choice where all the activities are chosen by the girls themselves.

As an addition, one of our young girls has joined the Army Cadets which is another one of the uniformed youth organisations for young people. She likes to come in her uniform to show to her friends and tell them what she takes part in whilst there.

Rochdale Women’s Welfare White Ribbon event.

A very productive day on the 28 November 2019, at Rochdale Women’s Welfare White Ribbon event. 

It was great to have a diverse group of women coming together to discuss their thoughts and give their valued opinion on how we can make services even more accessible to ensure the message gets out to all women that support is available to them.  As well as having representatives from Safe-net Rochdale, Rochdale Health Alliance, Greater Manchester Police, Victim Support and Early Break, it was an honour to have the Director of Children’s Services for Rochdale Borough, Gail Hopper to attend and take part in the discussion. We also had a visit and input from Cllr Janet Emsley who is a great supporter of our centre and later in the afternoon Cllr Sameena Zaheer visited the centre to have a look through the flip charts at the work done in the morning with our centre manager Khaldha Mazoor and Rizwana Baleem, Youth Worker and co-facilitator for the event.

A huge thank you to the staff who worked hard leading up to and during the event.  Thank you also to everyone who attended.

UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

On Monday 25th November, the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Rochdale Women’s Welfare Association (RWWA) attended an event at Riverside to share information on the services available to women in the Rochdale Borough. One of the specialist services we offer is support and information to women living with or has experienced domestic violence.

November 25th is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, also known as White Ribbon Day. From this day, until Human Rights Day on 10th December, is the 16 Days of Action.

On the 28 November everyone is invited to join us at RWWA at a ‘round the table’ discussion with statutory and voluntary organisations. Women can voice their concerns about Honour Based Violence and Forced Marriage within the BAMER communities. For more information please see the attached poster or call us on 01706 860157. Light refreshments will be provided at the above event.

United Against Honour Based Abuse

A thought-provoking day spent at the Building Confidence to Challenge Honour Based Abuse (HBA) and Forced Marriage (FM) Conference.

Lots of great speakers including our very own Rizwana Baleem.

The day begun with Gail Hopper, Director of Children’s Services, speaking about Rochdale’s work around the issues faced by people living in the Borough.

Next up was Nazir Afzal OBE, former NW Chief Crown Prosecutor who spoke about the work he has been involved in over the years which includes bringing about legislative change to help victims of abuse. This also involved the work he does as a Trustee & Patron of Karma Nirvana which led to the next speaker, Natasha Rattu, Executive Director from Karma Nirvana.

Natasha shared a very personal and inspiring story about her mum’s life which led to the beginning of Karma Nirvana. Her mum has written a book on her life which Natasha read passages from.

We then heard stories from survivors of HBA/FM. One of the speakers spoke of her own personal story and that of her sister who was murdered in a tragic honour killing. We won’t name the speakers to protect their identity. Very sad to listen too and heart-warming to see how they are moving on with their lives.

DC Sarah Leyland spoke about the Greater Manchester Police perspective and how they are constantly striving to get things right when dealing with domestic violence incidents which includes HBA and FM.

Rizwana Baleem was the next up to give a brilliant presentation and speak about the work of Rochdale Womens Welfare Association and the work that has been going on at the centre for 35 years this year – 2019.

After the final speakers of the day from Rochdale Connections Trust a question and answer session took place with the closing remarks coming from Gail Hopper.

We at Rochdale Womens Welfare Association look forward to continuing to work in partnership with everyone who is working towards the same goal as we will endeavour to do – ‘Bring an end to Domestic Violence/Abuse, Honour Based Violence and Forced Marriage.’

Thank you to Sajid Miah from the Community Safety Team for helping to ensure today’s event took place.United Against Honour Based Abuse16 photos

Mayor of Rochdale visit Rochdale Womens Welfare Association

Rochdale Women Welfare Association is committed to protecting the individual rights and dignity of all individuals within the community and promoting equality of opportunity for all. We actively celebrate diversity and work towards an inclusive society for all.

As part of our work at the centre we are always happy to form partnerships with other agencies. Over several weeks, the women worked on creating a flag which represents the diversity of Rochdale and goes towards Building a Stronger Britain Together.

Rochdale Connections Trust were funded by the Home Office to deliver a project which included the production of the flag. There are approximately people from 47 different nationalities living in Rochdale but space on the flag prevented us from including all the different countries.

The women attending the project thoroughly enjoyed it and as always, we hear the common theme from our women that it gets them out of their homes to make new friends and to meet up with the old ones, as well as empowering the women with more knowledge of the community around them.

We were honoured to have the Mayor of Rochdale, Cllr Billy Sheerin, Lady Mayoress of Rochdale, Mrs Lynn Sheerin and Cllr Janet Emsley, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods, Community and Culture, visit the centre. All three dignitaries enjoyed speaking with the staff and women who were part of the project and the Mayor gave a short speech to thank the women for their great work.

Thank you to everyone for attending our event on the 24th September and thank you to everyone who was involved.

#nationalinclusionweek #everydayinclusion #buildingastrongerbritain #communitycohesion #strongertogetherMayor of Rochdale visit Rochdale Womens Welfare Association15 photos

World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) is an awareness day observed on 10 September every year, in order to provide worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides, with various activities around the world since 2003. If you are struggling yourself, or supporting someone who is, it’s important to take some time to look after yourself and reach out if you need support. Whatever you’re going through, we’re here to listen and advise you of where you can get specialist support to meet your needs. Our door is always open. Don’t be alone. Come and speak with us. #rwwa2019#rwwa#alwayshere#suicideprevention