"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's Arts and crafts include a range of activities that include Tile Mosaic, Recycle Art, Knitting, Female Accesories Crochet, Jewellery Making, Creative writing, Fabric Painting, Cake design, Flower arrangement, Hair & Beauty, Sewing, Henna Art and many more. 


Members bring in their own expertise to take full ownership of sessions and teach new learners that are new to arts & crafts.


We have worked with many partners that include Mary Ward Centre, British Museum, KILN Theatre, IKWRO, Working Men's College etc.


We have been able to showcase our members work in exhibitions at the British Museum. Our users have been given further oppurtunities through the Arts provision by providing additional training and private sessions.


Art & Crafts has a surprising impact on individuals health, it’s great for anyone seeking emotional wellbeing and creative fulfilment.

Many studies have stated it helps towards lowering heart rate and
blood pressure.


It also helps elderly fingers nimble though repeated exercises, it's great for keeping the finger joints flexible. Some Henna members have reported that crocheting especially helped them with their Maths skills as it is based around counting, multiplying, measuring and patterning, which are all maths skills.


Project monitoring has observed many service users detailing how the arts have helped them with anxiety and being calmer,

 

"I have learnt so many new skills in Art & Craft sessions,

I never knew I was capable to finish off the programme but I did it and surprised myself, it helps the brain towards a meditative state and allows the mind to pause, refocus and soothe worries".~~ Henna member