The Angelou Centre is a black-led women’s centre based in the Newcastle upon Tyne. We offer a range of holistic women only services for Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) women across the North East region. As well as frontline support we also work at strategic and national levels ensuring the voices of BME women are represented and heard. We fully support women with disabilities and LBTQI women. The Angelou Centre is wheelchair accessible.
The staff has given me so much support I did not even know basic things - I cannot speak or read. They help me with my letters, take me to court, make appointments for me. It is through the AC that I have found out about agencies I did not know where they were or how to make appointments.
Women like us have been kept like prisoners, our husbands and families have done everything, controlled every part of our life so when our lives turn upside down then we don't know where to begin. The Angelou Centre has helped with everything.
The staff listened to all I had to say in such a good way, (staff name) listened to every single word, they have provided with me so much support they went with me to court too. I did not know about anything, solicitor, doctor, or benefits.
I was isolated as a single woman with young children living in the community, people were judgemental, thought I was a bad influence. Women at Angelou Centre understand, you don't get judged, you make friends, get respect.
I got tremendous support, even in dealing with my family. The workers are our advocates - our personal advisers they prevented problems from escalating by giving us the right information and support and helped to tackle the issues effectively.
I feel supported and safe, we have a roof over our heads. We are in the refuge I am able to do things myself now for the children. If I did not have the support of the Angelou Centre I don't even know if I would be here. I would have been taken to Pakistan with the children, killed by my husband and his family, he would have made a plan and got away with it (telephone interview).
We trust the Angelou Centre, we have faith in them, we know they would not break confidentiality.
The staff helped me with my family problems, right through, even met with the family.
The Centre helped me with my Immigration case, referred me to the Law Centre, I got my right to stay because of the Centre.
I am a single mother with 3 children I have received so much support I had nothing, didn't know what to do, I have survived because of the support.
I too did not know about any of the services I only found out because of what happened to me and the AC helped with my case.
I have had so much support.
If God gives us difficulties and problems he also provides solutions - for women like us it is the Angelou Centre!
I would have been deported had the Angelou Centre not intervened; my life would have been over.
I have had so much support I have been coming for 6 years am an older woman, I have no one, Angelou Centre is my Sahara (Urdu - means support).
If there was no Angelou Centre what would women like me do, we would die. It is our lifeline.
Had I not come to The Angelou Centre I would have probably died!
Initially lacked in confidence now growing by the day.