Many Sisters Project

Many Sisters is an exciting new project that aims to build financial resilience and create a unique community space for Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BAMER) women within local communities.

 

The project is run by a small team of five women who work within our wider Community Investment team to provide support services for at least 300 BAMER women, many of whom live in London’s most deprived areas.

In July 2019, Many Sisters was given enough funding to make this project happen, through a funder with a focus on East London – specifically the Boroughs of Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets.

Alice Webster, Community Investment Services Manager, said: “Having the funding to set up the Many Sisters project, is fantastic news, as it will enable us to build on the amazing work already performed by the Community Investment Team.

“Our aim with the Many Sisters project is to provide support and intervention to prepare women for difficult financial life shocks, such as a change in benefits or unexpected bills, and prevent these from having the serious impact they so often do.

“The project is due to get going in January 2020, but we are excited to announce that Many Sisters have already started to listen and engage with BAMER women in our local communities and have already started holding a range of fun, capacity building activities – including a four-week ‘cooking on a budget’ course on an estate in Tower Hamlets.

“The feedback so far has been amazing, and the Many Sisters Team can’t wait for what 2020 has to bring!”

If you are interested in volunteering opportunities or want to find our more, please email: manysisters@shgroup.org.uk

Next week Many Sisters are encouraging residents to ‘Beat the January Blues’ at free events, to be held in two Estate-based Community Centres.

The free events will give attendees the opportunity to meet the Many Sisters team and some of their partner organisations, take part in games, quizzes and competitions, as well as contributing ideas and suggestions towards shaping the direction of the project.

There will also be opportunities to share and take away saving tips and debt advice.

Events will take place as follows:

Tuesday 21 January 2020

Location: Selby Community Centre, Selby Street, London E1 5DF

Event Time: 1.30pm – 5.30pm

Thursday 23 January 2020

Location: Stamford Hill Estate Community Centre, Stamford Hill, London N16 6RS

Event Time: 2pm - 6pm

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