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The Sisters With Heart (SWH) Befriending Project started as a pilot project in 2011 in response to a needs assessment of 100 women. Since then, we have run the project every year and offered a 1:1 befriending service for isolated women, particularly asylum/refugee seeking groups living in Wolverhampton to improve their physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing.

This is done through home visits, mentoring and after care support to help women. Women’s issues could range from social isolation, depression, destitution, divorce, family relationship breakdown, immigration issues, domestic violence, health worries, parenting support and many more.

Volunteer befrienders are matched with clients to offer regular weekly support, friendship and practical help to families under stress in their own homes, helping to prevent family crisis and breakdown. In most cases, befrienders support women to access various community facilities and services to increase their independence and participation in the community.

Some Statistics

  • 97% of the women families live in poverty, deprivation or destitution.

  • 59% live in temporary and overcrowded accommodation.

  • 81% are lone parent households.

  • 85% have histories of domestic violence, rape and sexual abuse.

  • 73% of families are refugee or migrant families.

  • 26% of families have mental health difficulties.

  • 72% of families are isolated, without family or friendship connections

  • 8% had a long-term limiting illness, severe mobility problems and some were completely housebound.

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