Women’s Wellbeing Co ordinator Vacancy


Job description: Women’s Wellbeing Co-Ordinator

Location:       Aaina Community Hub

                        Bath Road, Walsall WS 3BS & Seed Hut Palfrey Park

Hours:            36 hrs per week Monday to Friday

Salary:            £24,336 £28,080.00 depending on experience and qualifications

Duration:        1-year fixed term with the possibility of extension

 Aaina Community Hub has been delivering services for women in Walsall since 1997, we are a specialist organisation providing gender and culturally-sensitive services for women from ethnic minority communities. We pride ourselves on providing a caring, compassionate, and safe space for service users where they will receive the necessary support that addresses their issues.

Main Duties

The area of responsibility will be health and wellbeing and supporting survivors of Domestic Abuse. The Officer will be responsible for coordinating, facilitating, and overseeing sessional staff to deliver well-being initiatives for women of all ages and backgrounds who experience exclusion and isolation from mainstream provision. They will develop stimulating and informative activities to reduce isolation, deliver empowerment workshops, and support survivors. The Officer will work in partnership with local stakeholders, attend meetings and organise awareness sessions. The Co-ordinator will be responsible for undertaking risk assessments, and evaluations and completing monitoring paperwork. A creative flair and empathy for women’s welfare are essential for this position.

For a full JD and application form please forward your CV to info@aainahub.com.

Race Equalities Week

Race Equalities Week is a timely reminder to redouble efforts to improve workplaces for everyone. We’ve been to@AainaCommunityH to run a workshop addressing employment skills for people in Walsall. It was led by our Race Equalities Taskforce, find out more below in the link.

Aaina First Community Hub in the WM Region to Receive £100,000 Grant to Boost Capacity

Absolutely delighted to have been chosen as the pilot Community Hub in the region by WMCA to receive a significant grant that will increase the organisation’s capacity to deliver and attract wider opportunities for growth to support the diverse communities it serves in the Borough of Walsall. Aaina is looking forward to working with the Race Equalities Task Force to deliver services that improve the prospects of residents from underrepresented communities.

£100,000 of funding to support community-led skills hub in Walsall to boost opportunities for local people

Published: Thursday 08 Feb 2024

Aaina Community Hub in Walsall has received a £100,000 grant to help it sustain and extend its vital offer to local communities.

The funding – announced during Race Equalities Week (5th – 11th February) – is the first major investment by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) to support the work of the region’s Race Equalities Taskforce.

Aaina was established in 1997 and now engages with 2,000 people each year, with a focus on Pakistani and Bangladeshi women and their families.

The hub specialises in delivering culturally sensitive training and well-being support for local communities, helping people to upskill and connect with jobs and training opportunities that they would otherwise be unable to access.

The WMCA’s grant will enable more residents to benefit from the life-enhancing opportunities that Aaina offer to support families out of poverty and improve their health and wellbeing.

It will enable Aaina to extend its existing English language and digital training courses to more people, pilot a new enterprise offer for local businesses and entrepreneurs, and boost its own resilience so that the hub can secure further external funding in the future.

The Race Equalities Taskforce and the WMCA hope to use the grant as a pilot to gain insights on how community-led organisations can be supported to grow and evidence the unique role they play in supporting people from racialised (ethnic minority) communities to overcome barriers to success.

Aaina Community Hub is also one of the partners participating in the Taskforce’s Race Equality Skills Week project, which is taking place across national Race Equalities Week.

The project will see 13 key employers in the region deliver free careers insight and skills development workshops to local adults who are either unemployed or searching for better work.

The aim is to pilot activity to better connect people to opportunities and unlock the potential of communities in the West Midlands.

Community organisations, local universities and colleges, and the Department of Work and Pensions have all stepped forward to connect the people they engage with to the events.

With the Aaina Hub in the background, Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands and WMCA chair, Carolyn Dews, A'isha Khan, Aaina Community Hub chief executive, Sharonjit Clare, independent chair of the West Midlands Race Equalities Taskforce, Sharon Khakh and Mahaam Arooj are pictured in the foreground standing in a line and smiling at the camera

Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands and WMCA chair, Carolyn Dews, A’isha Khan, Aaina Community Hub chief executive, Sharonjit Clare, independent chair of the West Midlands Race Equalities Taskforce, Sharon Khakh and Mahaam Arooj.

Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands and WMCA chair, said: “Grassroots organisations like Aaina tend to know their community’s needs best – delivering valued services on a limited budget. So, by putting this funding directly into Aaina, we’re supporting more local women and their families in places like Caldmore in Walsall to get the help they need to find jobs and secure greater economic security.

“We hope to apply the lessons learnt here more widely to support even more local people in their own communities. We can look to replicate this funding approach right across our region – whether that’s through providing access to better jobs, transport, and housing or helping to tackle disparities in health, education, and criminal justice.

“Sadly evidence indicates that racial disparities in outcomes persist – preventing local people from all backgrounds reaching their full potential. That’s why working with diverse and under-represented communities to address these sorts of inequalities is so important if we want to boost equality of opportunity in the West Midlands in the months and years ahead.”

A’isha Khan, chief executive of Aaina Community Hub, said: “We are delighted to have been chosen by the WMCA for the Race Equalities Taskforce commitment to invest in community hubs that provide pathways into skill and enterprise for diverse communities. The grant will significantly increase the capacity of Aaina and will attract wider opportunities for growth in the short and long term.”

The West Midlands Race Equalities Taskforce was set up by the Mayor and the WMCA Board to look at the specific issues facing under-represented communities as the region becomes more ethnically diverse.

Data from the 2021 Census shows of the 2.9 million people who live in the West Midlands metropolitan area, around 1.3 million (45 percent) did not identify as being from a White British background. This is a significant increase from the 34 percent a decade before.

Last year, Taskforce members published their first five-year strategy which focuses on helping people in racialised communities to access and benefit from better jobs, transport, and housing, and tackle disparities in education, health, and criminal justice.

The strategy also aims to influence diversity among the leadership of organisations across the region to bring about lasting change.

Sharonjit Clare, the independent chair of the West Midlands Race Equalities Taskforce, said: “Aaina Community Hub is an excellent example of how community-led support empowers people and connects them to opportunities.

“I am so impressed with the work of Aaina Community Hub. They provide targeted and culturally sensitive careers and enterprise support, as well as investing in the wellbeing of women and their families, and the local area itself.

“This grant is about backing our community organisations. It will deliver immediate benefit to the people of Walsall, and help us to learn more about how we can support hubs, like Aaina, to boost their reach, resilience, and impact and secure further investment.”

Cllr Kerrie Carmichael, WMCA portfolio lead for inclusive communities and leader of Sandwell Council, said: “I am delighted to champion the work of the Race Equalities Taskforce and its mission to make sure that all of our communities have a fair chance to succeed.

“Every day, community organisations like Aaina step up to take on that challenge. We need to value them and learn how to strengthen the vital work they do to support people from racialised and other disadvantaged backgrounds to access skills and job opportunities.

“I look forward to hearing how this funding has supported individuals in the forthcoming months, and about any insights we gain around how to support community-led organisations across our region in the future.”

Find out more about the work of the Race Equalities Taskforce on the WMCA website.

Voluntary & Community Sector Recognition Awards

Congratulations to Zara Shaikh Senior Wellbeing Officer who has been recognised for the groundbreaking
Women’s Wellbeing Clinic which focuses on addressing health inequalities, and promoting well-being through positive lifestyle choices.
A huge well done to ???? Rockshana Akter for supporting local children and young people attending the Iqra Ssyp supplementary School and homework club which has contributed to raising achievement levels whilst reading Psychology as an undergraduate.
Walsall Council Resilient Communities Voluntary & Community Sector Recognition Event. Walsall Community Network Walsall for All @walsallCouncil.

Aaina Appeal for Rebuild Successful

In November we celebrated our successful appeal to the Planning Inspectorate for the much-needed rebuild of the Aaina Community Hub. A huge thank you to all of our members, residents, partner organisations, colleagues, and Caldmore Community Garden, who supported the appeal for a quality new development that local people need and deserve to improve their life chances. We are now excited to get on with the next phase of this project.

This could not have been possible without the unrelenting support of The National Lottery for funding Phase One, the purchase, planning, and design of the rebuild.

Covid 19 Community Champions Project 2022

Over the last few weeks, COVID Champions from Aaina Hub have been out and about locally to engage with the community. They have distributed leaflets and posters outside schools and to the vast majority of people, raising awareness on COVID and also within the Aaina centre, informing the ladies on how beneficial it is to get vaccinated.
A champion from Aaina Hub said: “It’s great to be able to speak to people face to face and know that a lot more are going for the vaccine.”
It’s not too late to get your first, second or booster jab. Details on the vaccination can be found on the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/…/coronavir…/coronavirus-vaccination/

Girls only Youth Group 8 to 16 Years.

Girls-only youth group every Friday at the Palfrey Seed Hut from 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm, ages 8 to 16 years. 25 places, £1.00 per session. Call 07798 801627 for further information. Youth Group Lead Tasmiyah Jabin.

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