How is Henna supporting women with the rising costs of living?
Bushra: “We’ve had group members tell us that they can’t afford to put their kettle on or heat food – it breaks my heart. You can see how stressed some of the women are. Our activities help ease that pressure, improving wellbeing and reducing loneliness. When they come to our services they have hot drinks, meals and snacks. They can sleep peacefully at night knowing that they’ll have a meal tomorrow.”
Momota: “Our members see Henna as a constant – we’re always here for them. We have professional tutors and counsellors, group therapy, games, knitting and coffee mornings, exercise classes, a befriending service and lots more. All of our activities are free and in warm spaces to help give members a break from using energy at home.”
Sajida: “You can see the stress on the faces of those who are struggling. But when they come here, they’re so happy to have someone to chat to, to know that we are here for them. They leave with a smile on their face because it’s somewhere safe to destress.”