In 2020/21 the Health and Wellbeing Project provided a series of workshops for members, volunteers and staff with Public Health, Wellspring Health Centre, Single Parent Action Network (SPAND) and Bristol Dementia Action Alliance. Other workshops delivered included: Blood Donation, Breast Screaming, Dementia Awareness and parenting skills.

I have never attended any workshop about looking after my breast. So important to me” Workshop Participant

Training opportunities:

Refugee Women of Bristol recognises the importance of supporting refugee women to increase their skills to increase their life chances. We were able to assist 60 women in accessing training courses in 2020/21.
National Careers Service outreach sessions at our drop-in centre also saw 25 women who were seeking employment advice.

Furthermore, we were able to give 27 volunteering places at both our drop-in centre and the office. We also recruited a further 8 women to volunteer with our partner organisations. Both our kitchen coordinator and drop-in coordinator (leave cover) were our volunteers. We were able to support them to move on to employment.

Development Day:

We had a day where all the staff, trustees and volunteers got together and looked back on what we had achieved and the challenges that we had faced in the past year. It was also an opportunity to get to know each other better, share experiences and knowledge. We discussed a way forward and how we can deliver a better service for our members.

FGM 1-1 support

FGM information and advice sessions were delivered on a bi-monthly basis. This service was accessed 117 times, by an estimated 130 individual women. 96 % of these women (estimated) came from a BME background. RWoB partnered with FORWARD in delivering an annual ‘Zero Tolerance’ FGM Community Conference and Summer Campaign Events where we reached more women and provided vital support.

Our advocates made us very proud for informing us about how to protect our girls from harm”. Workshop attendee