"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 exercise programme provides Yoga,

Chair-based exercise, Breathing & Meditation exercise, Tai-Chi,

Zumba and Pilates.


The programme addresses socially isolated women who would not normally take part in physical activity to become more active through Henna’s culturally appropriate, entertaining and linguistic service.


The programme has also made Henna beneficiaries understand how important exercise is and how to stay active even if they suffer from

old-age long term illnesses such as arthritis, manage the pain and become more active without letting their health condition make them isolated and inactive.


Through the exercise programme, many beneficiaries show improved  mental health and mental health when accessing an exercise programme.


Henna Asian Women’s Group has supported individuals trying to make changes to their lifestyles by increasing their confidence which also helps to make changes to attitudes and behaviours.


In Yoga, the body is treated with care and respect, yoga exercises improve circulation, stimulate the abdominal organs, and put pressure on the glandular system of the body, which can generally result to better health.


Breathing techniques were developed based on the concept that breath is the source of life. In Yoga, students gain breathing control as they slowly increase their breathing. By focusing on their breathing, they prepare their minds for the next step - Meditation.


In Meditation, students bring the activities of the mind into focus resulting in a 'quiet' mind. By designing physical poses and breathing techniques that develop awareness of our body, Yoga helps us focus and relieves us from our everyday stress.


"I never knew I can exercise in my cultural clothes, keeping my body covered and with all my friends." ~~ Henna member