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The Women’s Project @LRMN

A counselling/therapeutic project, funded by Big Lottery and Tudor Trust. The project was set up in 2008 with an overall aim to improve the health and wellbeing of refugee and asylum-seeker women who have experienced gender-based violence.

By gender-based violence, we mean any act committed against a woman because of her gender resulting in physical or psychological harm. Examples of gender-based violence affecting refugee and asylum-seeker women usually involve human rights abuses and include torture, rape, FGM (Female Genital Mutilation), trafficking, prostitution, forced marriage, witchcraft abuse and domestic violence. Violence committed against women in this way causes trauma, with resultant loss of identity, power, self-esteem and hope.

Services

In helping women to recover from violence and trauma, The Women’s Project @LRMN runs four different but complementary services, managed entirely by committed female counsellors and social workers either on a voluntary basis or on placement, volunteers and staff. Our services are free and confidential and are designed to fit together as ‘wrap-around’ support.

We currently offer:

  • 1-1 counselling – our service focuses on establishing safety and trust, enabling disclosure, building resource, exploring what a counselling relationship means.
  • 1-1 social work advocacy – acknowledging that refugee and asylum-seeking women often have multiple practical needs around welfare, housing, education and asylum/ immigration, our social workers are trained to work collaboratively with women and the counselling team, in order to improve access to services and provide essential support during Home Office interviews and appeals tribunals.
  • Weekly Women’s Nurture Group – creates a safe space in which service-users come together in order to build support networks, learn about self-care and entitlements. We organise workshops on different aspects of health, wellbeing and women’s rights. In addition, the project also offers sessions on massage, stress-management, singing workshops, arts activities and other relevant events.
  • Play & Connect: Mother and Child Dance-movement Psychotherapy and Art Therapy – these are group sessions for mothers and children between the age of 0 and 12. The aim is to help mothers and children to form healthy attachments, improve the way they communicate with each other in order to minimise the effects of mothers’ trauma on their children.

See the Women’s Group leaflet.

Inquiries

For all enquiries relating to the Women’s Project @LRMN, please contact the Women’s Group Project at: womensproject@lrmn.org.uk or contact Cristina Zorat at: cristina.zorat@lrmn.org.uk and Ela Mahsoori at: ela.mahsoori@lrmn.org.uk on 020 8694 0323.