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Henna Asian Women's Group

Henna Asian Women’s Group is a community based organisation that was set up over 30 years ago by Asian women migrating from India, Pakistan and East Africa. We are based at the Abbey Community Centre where we offer a range of multi-lingual services and activities (Hindi, Punjabi, Gujarati and Urdu). We encourage Asian women to participate in the various services we have on offer. Through this involvement ladies who may otherwise be socially isolated are given the opportunity to engage with like-minded individuals with whom they may share certain customs, values and attributes. Over time the group has built a strong communication network, where they have developed friendships with one another and respect for each other’s differences. Over the years we have focused on strengthening our existing services and look at areas that we could develop further. Projects such as the Befriending and Bridging Projects have become successful and well established where we have seen huge impacts on our beneficiaries. These services have had very good uptake and established Henna as a professional and effective specialist service provider in Camden, Brent and surrounding Boroughs. Moreover, our membership has become more cohesive to include women from diverse countries who are all drawn to the women only and personalised service delivery of Henna. On a day to day basis Henna staff meets and greet members, make them aware of new services and projects and keep confidence levels high of members and maintain a warm welcoming ambience in service provision. Keeping our User Led Ethos, we have further assessed members’ needs, evaluated service provision and monitored progress of each project very closely. With the evidence gathered through user feedback, we have designed workshops and support to bring information, awareness and confidence to our beneficiaries.

Updated:
28 April 2017
Location:
London
Sectors:
Charity
Local Alliances:
Camden Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

We will strive to raise awareness and combat stigma surrounding dementia in the community that we serve. We will work with service users, volunteers, and carers to improve understanding of the needs and wishes of people living with dementia and their carers, so that we can provide more dementia-friendly services, and signpost people to dementia-specific services and information more widely available in Camden.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

Resources (time and money) are always limited but we are confident that we can make a real difference to the awareness and acceptance of dementia in the community, and ultimately improve the lives of those living with dementia and their carers.  

Member website

www.hennaorg.co.uk

2. Actions

  • Dementia Friends

    We will ensure that all staff attend a Dementia Friends Information Session during 2017, and will encourage volunteers to do so and to consider training as a Dementia Friends Champion so that they can deliver sessions in the wider community.

    Status:
    Initial Scoping
  • Training

    We will continue to arrange dementia training for our staff and volunteers.

    Status:
    Implementation
  • Raising Awareness

    We will take all opportunities to promote the Alliance and the services and information available in Camden for people living with dementia and their carers.

    Status:
    Being implemented