Health and Information Project (HIP)
We run health promotion workshops to raise awareness and promote healthy living. Workshops focus on heart disease, diabetes, stress and mental health, healthy eating and women’s health including breast screening, cervical smear test, family planning, etc. This service is offered on every 1st and 3rd Wednesday morning of the month between 10.00 AM to 12.00 Noon. The fortnightly session attracts 16 – 20 local Bangladeshi women and other BAME women; aged between 22 to 73 years old.
Keep-Fit and Yoga Project (KYP)
To improve physical and psychological health, yoga classes are held every Wednesday between 5.00 – 6.30 PM and are taught by a qualified yoga teacher with assistance from volunteers. The weekly session attracts 30 - 35 women per session aged between 20 to 75 years old.
We provide informal advice and information on domestic violence, welfare benefits, education, health and housing matters to alleviate local poverty and improve the social welfare of disadvantaged and deprived women. This is currently facilitated by the development worker on a voluntary basis every Tuesday afternoon between 1.30 – 3.15 PM. These sessions attract 15-20 women aged between 25 to 70 years old from the local Bangladeshi and other BAME communities.
Community Events Project
GBMS organises a number of annual events to celebrate all major social, cultural and religious events promoting multiculturalism and educating women and children about other cultures. These events also inspire and empower young women, who then get involved with planning and running the following year’s events. In the past 12 months GBMS has observed International Women’s Day, Eid celebrations, Bengali New Year Festival, Xmas and New Year celebrations, Summer Fun and Family Outings. These events attracted about 200 – 250 Bangladeshi and other BAME women and children per event. In addition, the summer and family outings attracted 56 women and children and provided a day of sun and fun activities.
Some of these events enabled local women to meet and interact with local councillors, the mayor and constituency MP in order to raise their concerns and views on local issues affecting their lives and communities.