Our Promise

Aaina will engage members to aspire and achieve,  empower and promote independence through engagement and acceptance,  addressing  barriers that prevent access to life enhancing opportunities for women and their children. "

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Volunteering & Training Placements

Volunteer placements are available for women aged 18 years and over at Aaina that enable individuals to develop a portfolio of work-related skills to improve confidence and chances of securing part and full time work.

Aaina values the contribution volunteers make to the ongoing growth and delivery of services, we welcome volunteers from all walks of life with a varied and diverse skills set. In October 2019 three of our volunteers participated in the Creative Enterprise course in Istanbul in partnership with Praxis Europe through the Erasmus Plus programme.

Volunteering often paves the way to employment,  further education, strengthening social skills, community links and improving general health and wellbeing. We provide placements in  the following areas;

  • Customer service
  • Reception/Administration Skills
  • Facilitating community activities
  • Teaching ICT and ESOL
  • Event planning
  • Housekeeping
  • Gardening

Women Support Services

Aaina staff provide confidential one to one services in a safe and welcoming space, they include;

  • Supporting victims of domestic abuse, who are in crisis or require respite,  information and advice
  • Practical support to relieve poverty and hardship
  •  Universal Credit applications & ongoing welfare benefit support
  • Housing applications and assisting with official correspondence
  • Women subject to a hate crime which includes verbal, physical abuse, direct and online harassment
  • Victims of Female Genital Mutilation, Honour Based Violence and Forced Marriage

All activities support is available online via telephone, Zoom, Whatsap.

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Health & Mental Wellbeing

Exercise and Healthy Lifestyles -

Weekly activities are organised at the Hub and the Seed Hut in Palfrey Park Walsall, to encourage healthy life styles and promote positive mental health, these include Cycling,  Yoga, Walk and Talk, and Aerobics.                      

The Recipe Exchange promotes healthy eating and weight management to support women who want to adopt positive changes in their daily routine.  Aaina works in partnership with Walsall NHS to address increasing obesity levels and diabetes by organising wellbeing events and consultations on a regular basis. 

Intergenerational Wellbeing Activities  We appreciate the stresses and anxiety caused by daily pressures and the toll these have taken on women especially during the Covid 19 pandemic and having to cope with increasing levels of loneliness and isolation. To address this we provide weekly activities at Aaina and in the community.  Women of all ages are welcome to participate in creative crafts, day trips, community events and stimulating workshops that encourage new skills and experience's. The sessions facilitate positive social networks,  social inclusion and engagement.

Activities take place on a daily basis and are currently available online via zoom and one to one telephone befriending sessions for women  who struggle with technology.

Education & Training

Education & Training  -  The Hub has a termly programme of basic skills and recreational courses delivered by in-house tutors and in partnership with adult education providers. The courses are focused on up-skilling women of all ages in vocational skills that lead to independence and employment.  Courses are delivered daily between 9.00 am and 3.00 pm. 

Aaina delivers free basic ESOL classes supporting women who have want to improve their English language skills to be confident enough to speak read and write and actively engage in their local community. The following classes are currently being delivered in small groups at the Hub and online during lockdown periods in partnership with The City Wolverhampton College.;

  • ESOL, basic, intermediate and advanced
  • Functional Skills - English and Maths
  • Conversational English
  • Digital Literacy Skills - Learn My Way
  • Employability and Work Skills Training
  • Sewing- Beginners and advanced and Soft Furnishings
  • Vocational online courses
  • Book Club and Creative writing

Contact Aaina on 01922 644006 for further information.

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Community Engagement

Aaina Building Resilience Activities - Covid 19 has resulted in women feeling vulnerable, isolated and socially excluded. Our building resilience activities take place throughout the week to provide social peer network support that engages and address issues and concerns that impact lone women and parents. Building resilience activities also raise awareness around Hate Crime, Child Sex Exploitation, anti social behaviour locally and Cyber Bullying.

Oasis Community Garden - The garden was established in 2013 at the rear of the centre. It provides a safe, tranquil space for women to meditate and benefit from mindfulness sessions. Local women  are able to cultivate their gardening skills, whilst enjoying a spot of sunshine in the heart of the community. We have an active volunteers group who maintain the garden and organise summer activities and urban picnics.

Hall Hire - Hall hire is not available during the Covid 19 pandemic

Employment Skills Support 

Employment - Job search sessions are available for women who are actively seeking employment. One to one support is available to develop skills that enable applicants to navigate the new Universal Credit system and ensure they fulfil requirements so that they are not unnecessarily sanctioned.

Fully experienced multilingual Officer's are on hand to support women to update C.V's, cover letters and assist with application forms.  We also provide coaching in interview techniques to prepare individuals for success in securing employment in their chosen area of industry.

Enterprise - Aaina supports women with established home-based enterprises to formalise and increase market presence by working in partnership with local Enterprise Hubs and Unltd. We provide access to tools that increase capacity, skills and knowledge in social enterprise and business. We also organise regular enterprise days where women with homegrown business can promote and market locally to increase their customer base.

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