"I thought I was alone, so many women left to look after their husbands, now I can talk to someone and receive the correct information in my language" - Henna Member -- "I spoke out about my abuse for the first time in counselling in Bengali, someone heard me for the first time" - Henna Member -- "Since I lost my husband and all my friends I felt so lonely but Henna gave me a family of friends from all different backgrounds, something i never experienced before" - Henna Member -- "I never knew I can exercise in my cultual clothes, keeping my body covered and with all my friends" - Henna Member -- "I never knew there was a group for Asian women, just on my doorstep, the Befriending service has given me a community to be a part of!" - Henna Member -- "I talk to my daughter everyday now in Bangladesh, I never knew I could use WiFi to video call her and see her face, I never knew what a video call was but it has made me feel I am not alone in England" - Henna Member -- "I received a certificate in my life for the first time, I showed it to my family, I felt proud of myself for the first time in my life" - Henna Member -- "Monday Club is were all the action takes place, even if I can't come to every service, I always make sure Monday is free for my day out to the center" - Henna Member -- "I don't need to depend on my son to read my letters, as this only takes place when he comes to visits me once a week, Henna helps me with this and I get all my pressing issues sorted without waiting around on others!" - Henna Member -- "We are proud to have funded Henna Asain Women's Group for their project "Celebrating All Of Us" through our Communities Together Fund, which exsists to celebrate the people of Camden. The resident-panel wanted to fund this project because it beautifully celebrated the diversity of Camden's communities through a range of culturally-focussed, insiring and educational activities for residents in the borough, from dance to cooking to making dress-wear. It's so vital that projects creating a shared sense of belonging exist, especially in times like now where, for so many in our community facing hardhsip, it provides hope, connection and friendship to help them through the difficult times" Danielle Green, Assisant Director Camden Giving -- "The London Community Foundation have funded Henna Asian Women's Group several times over the past five years, including through the Tampon Tax Community Fund, Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund and the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime Victims Fund. Henna are an excellent grassroots women's organisation — clearly trusted and valued by their community and achieving a lot with limited resources. Rafat and the team provide culturally-sensitive and multi-lingual support - vital to the women they serve. It is a pleasure to support them." Millie Brown Programme Manager (MOPAC/The London Community Fund) -- "TimeBank have worked with Henna as part of our MHCLG funded Talking Together project for the past few years. It's been a pleasure to partner with Henna. They have a great relationship with the learners so classes were always well-attended and had an engaging and supportive atmosphere. They do fantastic work for the community, and I hope we'll be able to continue working together in future." Calley Clay Programmes Operations Manager (Timebank) -- "Henna Asian women's group brings to the Cultural Advocacy Project provided by Mint in Camden - a peer support group that cuts across South Asian communities and beyond, uniquely breaking down the barriers of faith, ethnicity and language, creating a positive and engaging platform for women to make friendships; share ideas and experiences; learn and have fun." Zubair Martin Community Liaison Worker (Voluntary Action Camden) -- 

Henna Asian Women’s Group was formed in 1982, it was set up over 35 years ago by Asian women migrating from India, Pakistan and East Africa with the intention to bring people together regardless of their different backgrounds. We can proudly say we have been able to build on this by offering services which integrate people allowing them to build strong relationships in the community.


We are based at the Abbey Community Centre which is a safe place for the women to meet and for them to come to a place for years giving them a sense of belonging to a community. Here we offer a range of multi-lingual services and activities. We encourage Asian women to participate in the diverse services we have on offer and also encourage them to participate in the services offered by our Partners. Through this involvement women 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. Henna Asian Women’s Groups is a user-led organisation who aims to improve the overall well-being of women and their families by increasing social interaction; improving health; and develop and maintain more independence to overcome deprivation and isolation.


Our primary members are predominantly women from Asia which consists of 42 Countries, and we provide services in South Asian languages which consists of 8 Countries including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and East Africa (of Asian descent). While our core emphasis is Asian women, due to us being a small team we are only able to offer certain services in South Asian language only. Our services and activities are open to all women regardless of their background allowing us to be cohesive and inclusive. Henna's unique selling point is continued success in overcoming cultural and linguistic barriers and building independence.


Vision


Our Vision is that Asian women in London are happy and fulfilled.


Mission statement


“…to increase social inclusion and confidence by creating awareness, building skills and providing support”.


Aims and Objectives


"Henna Asian Women’s Group aims “to promote the benefit of Asian women resident or working in Camden, and neighbouring boroughs where appropriate, by advancing education and providing facilities in the interest of social welfare or recreation”.