Social and Creative Activities
Social activities and events are crucial in providing opportunities to meet other women and children from diverse backgrounds, make friends and build social networks. The Angelou Centre works hard to ensure that BME women and children, often isolated due to barriers of race and gender, are able to access women only activities in a safe and supportive environments. Many of our projects include an element of social or creative activity and we hold events and activities across the region, often in partnership with smaller BME women’s organisations.
We believe that Social and Creative activities provide the tools to plant the seeds for long-term recovery, stability and socio-economic independence as well as a way to engage women in further training and employment. It also further develops a network and community of BME women in the region who are actively committed to change and supporting BME women according to a feminist ethos.
The Angelou Centre has developed culturally relevant arts, heritage and social projects in response to the holistic needs or service users and to advocate for wider cultural inclusion and change. Often our social and cultural activities are developed to address the widespread exclusion of BME women from ‘universal’ cultural and arts based projects. Currently one of our flagship projects, BAM! Sistahood! provides intergenerational opportunities to explore creative and digital skills; Mahila Mandal the ‘Aunties’ group is a long running women elders group; Angelou Youth, Simba and Angelou Carers provide holistic support, advocacy, activities and trips for young women, children and families who are excluded from mainstream agency support.