Black & Minoritised Women Fund
Women’s voluntary and community organisations are a cornerstone for sustainable and stable communities, and are crucial to the advancement of equality and women’s rights.
Women’s Resource Centre (WRC) is a national charity committed to working towards human-rights by supporting and understanding small specialist women’s groups and charities. Through delivering programmes, creating networking opportunities and by campaigning and influencing decision-makers, the work that WRC does is essential to ensure a diverse and thriving sector that achieves the best outcomes for women.
Ten months on from our last survey and having now endured three national lockdowns, we wanted to see how women’s organisations across the UK were faring. We asked what the respondents considered to be their top three pressing challenges at this point in the pandemic. The top two priorities were related to supporting service users (trying to meet increased demand for services and dealing with their more complex needs) and thirdly, organisational survival, namely funding issues post March 31st.
Black and minoritised women’s organisations reported markedly more demand than other organisations in the following areas: emergency basic services; refuge beds; enquiries/signposting and mental health support. 58% of all organisations who completed the survey are a bit or very worried about surviving this crisis. 14% reported being very worried. Organisations outside of London are worried the most
WRC is pleased to be able to support the Black and minoritised led-by and for women’s sector (charities and groups predominately working with women) who have been disproportionately impacted by Covid-19 with the core grants it needs to deliver critical services at this time.
Dagenham Bangladeshi Women & Children’s Association has received a grant from the Women Resource Centre. The grant will support the organisation to :
Develop IT and business skill of staffs and volunteers.
Pay salary of staffs and cost of volunteers.
Pay for organisation’s office rent and utility.
Dagenham Bangladeshi Women & Children's Association has helped many Black and Minoritised women who have been affected by Covid-19. It supplied food and essentials to the needy BAME people during the crisis. Many women lost their jobs and the organisation has been trying to support them in finding jobs. Many women have been suffering from mental health due to the impact of Covid-19. We have been delivering mental health support services for them.
A case study of Mrs. Sultana Rahman (35)
During Covid-19 lockdown and restrictions I lost contacts with my friends and relatives. I could not go out to meet with them. I had no IT and digital skill to connect with them online and digitally. I became isolated and lonely. I heard illness and death of my neighbours and relatives but could not visit them. I could not get NHS information online. I was very much worried about my health. This had developed my mental illness. Once I got a leaflet in my house published by the Dagenham Bangladeshi Women and Children’s Association. I read the leaflet and found that they support women who suffer from mental health. I contacted with them and they had recruited me in their project. They assigned a volunteer for me. Every week she telephoned me and advised me how I can install IMO, Whatsapp in my smart phone and how can I talk with my friends and relatives free both in the UK and outside the UK. She also supported me to use You tube and Google to find updated NHS Covic-19 information and keep myself safe. She spent time talking with me and inspired me not to worried about my health. In a few weeks I have learnt how to use digital equipment and connect with my friends and relatives. I feel less isolation and loneliness. I have improved my mental health. I can contact with my GP, shop online and do online banking to keep myself safe.
I thank Dagenham Bangladeshi Women Association who helped me to reduce my mental illness and tackle the impact of Covid-19 crisis.