Many Sisters – one voice!

At Southern Housing Group we are proud to say that “It’s ok to be you!”. We understand how important it is for anyone to feel accepted and valued regardless of their race, background or where they come from.

That’s why our Many Sisters project team work hard to provide support services for at least 300 Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BAMER) women across Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Newham, on a journey to becoming more financially resilient.

Our dedicated team of five women regularly host a series of exciting events where they meet with residents face-to-face and raise awareness for the project.

From a cooking on a budget course to digital skills and mental health workshops- our Many Sisters team covers it all!

But as much as we think Many Sisters project is educational, empowering and socially great for the community, it’s always great to hear our resident’s feedback on the job we are doing.

Here is what two of our BAMER residents had to say…

Dorothy Francis

Dorothy was born and raised in the Midlands, worked in London for approximately 20 years.

What attracted you in the project?

I am a BAMER woman who is currently working part time for the Southern Housing Group as an Assistant Sales Consultant in the Sales & Marketing team. I was keen to get involved with this project as it’s geared to informing awareness on issues that affect women from the BAMER communities as well as single mothers.

Why did you choose to become involved in the project?

I am keen to help other BAMER women find a way out of complicated life situations and support them into finding financial freedom. It’s also a chance for me to gain new skills and experience.

What impact has the program had on you so far?

So far, I’ve found the project to be very informative. The information provided by the team was very useful. I even took some of the leaflets home.

I thought the shopping basket challenge, where we were encouraged to calculate the total of two separate shopping baskets, one being full of branded items and the other being a basked full of saver items, was a good challenge. It also made me understand better where I could make some savings on my monthly shopping bill.

Did you learn anything new?

Yes! I was surprised at how much information was available to Southern Housing Group residents. I also found some very helpful contacts from our partner organisations. I’ve also learnt how to push myself out of my comfort zone to approach and encourage women within the local community to come and see what Many Sisters was about and how they could help them personally.

Why do you think more people should know about the program?

Many Sisters project can give BAMER women a chance to learn new skills, gain new experiences and feel confident about themselves. It’s not easy to step out of your comfort zone, but it’s worth it. Community engagement is vital for this project.

Runi Begum

Runi is a BAMER woman and a mother who is currently out of work.

What attracted you in the project?

I can’t define one thing- everything was great. I really enjoyed the creative games and activities. Very entertaining and educational.

Why did you choose to become involved in the project?

I became involved in the project to help and support other members of community. I wanted to get myself out and about physically and mentally as well as to promote and share my experiences and skills with others.

What impact has the program had on you so far?

The program has helped me to realise that I still have so many life goals I would like to achieve. I would like to succeed in my life. And that’s what the Many Sisters project is helping me with.

Did you learn anything new?

Yes, absolutely. And it’s good to know that there are so many free community events for women like me. It’s also a great opportunity to gain confidence and self-esteem.

Why do you think more people should know about the program?

I think the program will help BAMER women to learn new skills and gain valuable experiences in different areas of life. Also, the Many Sisters project unites women and encourages them to share their knowledge, experiences and skills.

For further information in relation to the Many Sisters project and the dates of their upcoming workshops, please email manysisters@shgroup.org.uk or visit the Many Sisters page

Get in Touch

If you would like to speak to someone, or find out more about the support available, you can contact the team directly:

0198 352 2479 or 0300 303 1772
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