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WAND: Improving life of marginalised women

The Women’s Association for African Networking and Development (WAND) is an independent charity which aims to improve the lives of marginalised women. They address a variety of issues facing women in isolated and excluded communities through a comprehensive service that includes training, information and advice, home visits, one-to-one sessions, volunteering opportunities and regular networking events.

As part of their work WAND encourage women to participate in grassroots volunteering for the benefit of themselves, their families and their communities. They currently run a volunteer exchange programme in partnership with Akademia +50, an organisation based in Bialystok, Poland. Four volunteers have participated in the exchange programme to date with a further eight due to take part before June 2014. The programme promotes cultural awareness and the exchange of skills and values. Skills exchanged have included photography, dancing, jewellery making, singing, arts and crafts, and cooking. In collaboration with Age UK and Catalyst Housing, two of the Polish volunteers were recently invited to Wornington Green to teach residents how to bake a traditional Polish Easter cake (Mazurek), decorate Easter eggs and play family games.

One resident said, “It was a very enjoyable and memorable session. I learnt so much.”

Why not come along to WAND’s Happy Healthy Family Club to find out more about the support they offer? The club meet on the last Wednesday of the month at St Charles Centre for Health and Wellbeing, Exmoor Street, London, W10 6DZ, 10.30am – 2pm. Expert guest speakers are regularly invited and a wonderful lunch is provided. Admission is free and all are welcome.

For more information please call Pamella or Gladys on 020 8962 4312 or 0753 415 5619 for an appointment or more information.