IWD2021: Representing Bangladeshi Bristol Woman’s Group
Bangladeshi Women’s Health Project and Resource Library
Bristol Women’s Voice has set up a Bangladeshi Women’s Health Project to meet the needs identified by the Bangladeshi women.
Bristol Women’s Voice is working with two community facilitators, Lily Khandker and Khairun Miah, who have identified women in the community who want to be involved as peer mentors.
Following training, the peer mentors have been responsible for facilitating support bubbles of between 3-10 Bangladeshi women through online group sessions and provide one to one contact, linking them to groups, organisations and agencies who will meet their needs.
The group sessions and one to one contact reach women with knowledge, information and support needed. These sessions/individual contacts also serve as platforms for socialising, and information sharing for the women to voice their needs and issues.
In collaboration with the Bristol Women’s Voice team, Lily and Khairun, have facilitated a bespoke programme of regular health-related workshops in response to what the women said they wanted to learn about including post-natal depression, menopause, mental health, diabetes, breast cancer and well-being.
You can find links to some of the information shared so far in the resource library below. Keep checking back – there is more to come!
As the lockdown restrictions ease we hope future activities will also include, as originally planned, group exercise and gardening projects.
Resource library: Click on the image to download the pdf.
Diet / ডায়েট
Bristol Public Library
Mental health support / মানসিক স্বাস্থ্য সহায়তা
Changes Bristol are excited to announce that they are launching a mental health support group for Women of Colour. This will provide a safe space to connect, share and feel empowered by a supportive community. This peer support group is open to any woman over 18 who identifies as Black, Asian or of minority ethnicity.
This peer support group will be open to discussions on racial experience, Covid-19 disproportionately impacting the Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic communities and any other topics which Women of Colour face with the support of trained staff and volunteers.
Every Monday, 6:30-8:30 pm
Online – Zoom
For more details please see here
If you have any questions please email Fayola at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember that in Bristol there are local mental health resources available through CASS, targeting BAME & faith Communities as well as generic information.
Off the Record is local young people’s mental health service.
Mindfulness / মননশীলতা
Bristol Public Library have an online colouring club for adults (peaceful music, fellowship, and an adventure in colouring), and people can pick up free colouring kits from the library – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/coloring-club-for-adults-tickets-128038296993?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch.
Wellbeing / মঙ্গল
Wellspring Healthly Living Centre has a Bengali speaking social prescribing link worker who can offer telephone support around wellbeing (especially emotional well-being) and connect individuals to local wellbeing activities and services;
0117 304 1400 (wellspring reception to leave message for her to call back)
St Werburghs Community Farm:
Gender-based violence services:
Breast cancer / স্তন ক্যান্সার
CoppaFeel! Knowing your boobs could save your life. We educate 18-30s on the importance of checking their boobs & knowing the signs & symptoms of breast cancer. Isn’t it about time you checked yours?
Birth control / জন্ম নিয়ন্ত্রণ
Sexual health / যৌন স্বাস্থ্য
Unity Sexual Health.
Contact them on Unity@tht.org.uk
See https://www.unitysexualhealth.co.uk/for-professionals/unityresources/ for more info).
Information / তথ্য
Bereavement / মৃত্যু শোক
Following request for support with bereavement. Here is some information.
Here are the topics covered in this series:
The Janazah Prayer
The Best Du’as For Them
The Best Deeds on Their Behalf
Where Are They?
Are They With Each Other Now?
Do They Hear Me When I Visit?
Do They Know What’s Happening To Me?
What If I Dream About Them?
Are They Considered Shaheed?
Losing a Child
Condolences (The ‘Azza)
The Widow and the ‘Iddah
Women Visiting the Graveyard
How Do I Move On?
When you fill in your email – they will email you details of each topic.
We pray that this series brings you comfort and clarity.
Parenting information / পিতা মাতার তথ্য
- Mental wellbeing (BMHF Wellbeing Workshop)