“Attending the Centre has given me a new lease of life; I was suffering from depression after losing a parent. The activities gave me focus and channelled my energy. I found new hobbies and made friends, with who I now keep in touch with out of the Centre. I have acquired new skills which I am using to earn a living and thinking to take it further by becoming a self employed fashion designer. These new found skills have helped me to beat depression after divorce and bereavement.”

“I moved to Walsall from Romania, I did not know anyone. I came to Aaina to learn English. After about six months of learning to read and write English, I am now learning to use a computer and volunteering too. I also attend the Creative Sewing and Knitter Natter groups. I have made many good friends and truly feel at home here now. This Centre has helped me to integrate and adjust to life in the UK. This Centre has become a life-line for me. I have made lots of friends and do not feel so isolated now.”

“My mother and son have been able to go out and enjoy their holidays through the trips which have been arranged. This has given them both the opportunity to go out and explore. These experiences have helped them develop and socialise. This has also helped my mother make friends who she tries to keep in contact with and looks forward to meeting.

“After retiring I suffered from depression that left me hospitalized, the Friday session got me out of a dark place. Now I am a service user representative on the Aaina Board, without this service I don't know what would have happened to me.”

Confidential feedback

‘Thank you for the free English My Way classes, I am now attending the functional skills courses’

‘ Volunteering for Aaina gave me the confidence to apply for lunchtime supervisor, it is my first job after 3 children, the project has changed my life’

‘I have enjoyed sharing my crochet and knitting skills to younger women’

‘meeting women of different ages and cultures have let me make new friends in my area’

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