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Creating community connections

This year we were awarded a Spirit of Manchester Award for our work with Communities, where we use creative facilitation and cultural sensitivity to help women develop connections and networks.

Thanks to funding from Arnold Clark Community Fund and support from Cross Street Chapel, every Friday we create space for women to join together for two hours to talk, dance and have good conversation at our Table Talk group.

Eden's story*

Eden got her refugee status in 2019 and is a participant on our Natives of the World programme. Joining us on our walking project Eden saw the benefit of women joining together to talk and share. This inspired her to ask us if she could join us as a volunteer to run her own group.

“I was a participant in Afrocats walking group, through the group I made friends, I met people in the same situation as me. We could talk about women’s issues, things that were causing us worries that we saw in the news. I wanted to give something back to Afrocats so I asked Magdalen if I could volunteer.

"When Magdalen asked me what I wanted to do I asked if we could make a group to bring people together to have time to ourselves together, time just for talking. From there Table Talk was born.

I want to get a paid job and leading Table Talk helps give me the confidence to make that happen. It helps me develop day-by-day because Afrocats believes in me. It is amazing.”

We rely on donations and grant funding to deliver our Table Talk sessions. If you want to help us create community connections, make a donation today.

*Name anonymised


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