Why For Women?
We have provided a valuable lifeline for women during difficult times both through our online activities and through our face-to-face ones.
Here are some examples of the impact our work has made:
COMMUNITY AND FRIENDSHIP
Through our virtual peer talking groups, workshops and face-to-face activities we have created a network of friendship and support for women in London and beyond.
IMPROVED MENTAL HEALTH
The women who have taken part in our activities have reported a reduction in stress & anxiety levels as well as loneliness & isolation.
Through signposting and partnerships with local mental health charities and organisations, some women have gone onto seeking professional help for their mental health well-being.
Some women have expanded their skills and learned new ones through volunteering and training courses, and reported an increase in self-confidence and life-satisfaction.
Why is our work important right now?
Recent studies have shown us that loneliness and isolation need to be taken seriously.
The COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns that ensued, have led to a decline in mental well-being, particularly for women. Studies have shown that this is because women are more adversely affected by social isolation.
One of the lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic is people need support which is joined up across local councils, the NHS and voluntary and community organisations.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), social support networks can have a significant positive effect on health. In fact, many countries are now treating loneliness as a health priority.
Social connection is crucial for both mental and physical health. Some researchers even believe that relationships are a biological need and vital to our well-being and survival.
We need to address the impact the pandemic has had on the mental health of women in the UK and offer measures to help them through this difficult time and beyond. We must give women necessary support to rebuild their lives and lift their hope for the future through the encouragement of healthy minds and healthy bodies.