Sandwell African Women Association
(b)Community Development Programme:
Under this programme, SAWA gives African refugee women, asylum seekers and girls a voice and chance to express themselves and represent the needs and aspirations of their communities. There are a number of activities being carried out under this programme:
1.Sewing & Tailoring Training Club
5.Drop-in Centre (which provides tailored one-to-one debt and financial management support including budgeting skills.
The support package includes:
1) General help with claiming benefits, dealing with debts and applying for support in hardship situations
2) Responding to benefit and debt enquiries and help to apply for and resolve issues relating to: Job Seekers’ Allowance, Employment Support Allowance, Income Support, Child Benefit, Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit, etc.
(c)Health Advocacy Programme
The main area of support under this programme is the provision of Volunteer advocacy to help African refugee women and girls to settle and for African women asylum seekers and refugees to access health and social care services. The programme promotes mental health and sexual health services to service users through community-based one-to-one and group sessions and outreach projects.
Projects currently being delivered:
1.Support services to victims of Sexual Exploitation
2. Befriending Club to provide services (including advice, free information, outreach advice, etc) to isolated refugee older women
3.Community Sport Project to Keep Women and Children Active
4.Domestic violence awareness
5.Campaign against Feminine Genital Mutilations (FGM).