Community Language Support
Manchester Women’s Aid provides support to adults living in the community who are affected by domestic abuse/violence in the city of Manchester. We had a special Community Language Project that was funded by the Big Lottery until 2013 to provide a discreet and confidential service to meet the needs of black and minority ethnic women (BME.)
The service is still provided but has a different funding source.
Our Community Language Workers are specially equipped to serve the needs of the South Asian community because of their cultural and religious understanding and the ability to deliver empathetic services in three community languages, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu. Our workers have experienced a similar cultural background, understanding the challenges faced by the women they are working with and are able to operate in the community without drawing attention to themselves. They also appreciate the feelings of shame and family responsibility felt by many absued women living in tight knit communities including forced marriage.
Our service is not exclusively for the South Asian community as Manchester Women’s Aid operates an open door policy towards all women in need and currently our services are accessed by a range of diverse communities including Arabic, European women and women from the African sub continent.
For further information about our Community Language Project or to make a referral please contact 0161 660 7999 between 9:30am-4:30pm.