Who We Are:
The history of the organisation went back in 2010, initially, we were seven of us from diverse ethnic backgrounds realised the needs for women who are in the same situation like us are not getting the help that they need to find employment opportunity; help with careers choices and finding employments; want to help their children in learning but not confident how to do so, struggling with work and maintain family life in order to make ends meet. Women’s Concerns was evolved with very clear vision led by it’s founding director Dr Subrata Saha, as joint directorship with Patience Missah and Anna Mitchell, to meet the needs of disadvantaged women and women across all ages and ethnicities. Women’s Concerns incorporated as a Community Interested Company that is social enterprise in Dec.2012 to provide services to communities living in the South East region of the UK, in particular, Reading, Wokingham and surrounding areas. The Women’s Concerns charitable activities are also guided by a group of advisers with the appropriate technical skills.We are proud to be able to make a substantial difference to our clients and beneficiaries through our training, innovative research, collaboration opportunity and supportive services- we have successfully thrived!
Entrepreneurship Skills Training programme
Programme Leader and facilitator: Dr Subrata Saha
My Start-up Enterprise
Funding: Big Lottery Fund
My Start-Up Enterprise’ project aims to promote enterprise awareness and provide essential business Start-Up skills training and mentoring on how to start and run a successful business. The training and business mentoring support service is Free to attend. The programme consists a series of training sessions and a one to one mentoring support service. The training programme is designed for adult learners aged 18 and over wishing to start a business or considering self-employment but not sure what is involved to start a business. The programme is open to both men and women with a preference for those who are unemployed or economically inactive; especially people from disadvantaged backgrounds. The training and mentoring support focused on How to find a Business idea; How to write a simple Business plan; How to do Marketing &Selling; How to obtain Business finance; How to keep Business records; How to choose Business structure and so on. For more information and register interest please contact Dr Subrata Saha, Email: email@example.com
Funding : European Social Fund & Skills Funding Agency
Enterprising women project aims to provide business start-up training . Working with professional trainers, the project is designed to give trainees an understanding of the business starting up process, whist also providing them with the help to develop the necessary skills and confidence that are needed to put their business ideas into a reality. A total of 36 women aged 16 and over received business Start-up training and one to one allocated business mentor and peer to peer business network support; 9 businesses has already been launched. For more information please contact Dr Subrata Saha Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Let’s Do It! Entrepreneurship skills training
Key outcomes, Let’s Do it! project
”Women see starting their own business will give them autonomy, flexibility, and freedom and allow them to combine with their caring roles‘‘. Constraints effecting women’s business start up initiatives are: fear of failure; have a business idea but not knowing how to start. For more information please contact Dr Subrata Saha (the Project Manager and trainer) Email : email@example.com
A conference paper in the title of ”Entrepreneurship, Ageing and New Challenges” presented at the Oxford University, International conference 2013, Author and presenter Dr Subrata Saha.
Heath Literacy and Health Promotion programme
Programme Leader and researcher : Dr Subrata Saha
Key areas: Food choices, Nutrition, Health and Culture.
Funding: NHS Partnership Fund
The Active Generations project aims to develop an intervention, to examine and promote community engagement in healthy eating, and nutritional food choices. The project involved the investigation of food consumption behaviours among 24 ethnic communities and include 100 direct interviews, workshops with visual arts and healthy eating demonstrations that display the meaning of cultural beliefs about food choices, health and nutrition in everyday life. A booklet in the title of ‘‘Food Choices in Everyday Life: Health, Nutrition & Culture” author: Dr Subrata Saha, has been published.
For more information please contact Dr Subrata Saha , Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Grow your own ( step by step hands on training)
The step by step training workshops aims to develop participants confidence and learning gardening techniques on how to grow own food: salad, vegetables. fruit and herbs using indoor and outdoor space; flowers and trees for aesthetic pleasure. The learning will give the opportunity to further integration and participation to community gardening; share skills and knowledge with others, and also enabling the participant to build up knowledge: sowing, transplanting, propagation techniques, planting techniques, harvesting and storage both in classroom and outdoor practical workshops. For more information plesae contact Dr Subrata Saha , Email: email@example.com
Family Literacy programme (Inter-generational learning)
Programme Leader: Dr Subrata Saha
Inter-generational Care and Cultural heritage (visual arts)
collaborative project with the Institute of Education ( NCLL), Reading University,
In partnership with four local schools, the project aims to help parents on how to help their children’s learning and to help promote inte-rgenerational family learning. For more information please contact Dr Subrata Saha , Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Project Dissemination:
Saha.S.; Missah,P.; Mitchell, A.;Clarke,L. 2014 Health, Nutrition and Culture: breaking down boundaries.Public seminar series.
Saha.S.2013 Entrepreneurship, Ageing and New Challenges. Conference paper, University of Oxford
Saha. S.2013 Live interview BBC Radio Berkshire, Women, Entrepreneurship and Challenges
Saha. S.2012 Risk and Resilience: Intergenerational Transmission of Care. Conference paper, University of Keele
” Good health is good life, No visit to doctor, no burden on anybody, having a good mood, no stress, great feeling of oneself ” ( Participant interviewee, Active Generation project)
”I have really enjoyed learning and meeting in an understanding environment” (Participant trainee, Entrepreneurship Skills training project Enterprising Women)
”Thanks to Women’s Concerns the experience from Family Literacy courses has given me a lifetime experiences” ( Participant, Family Literacy for parents course)
”If I need care I believe my children will look after me when I can’t do thing on my own” (participant older immigrant woman, Nepalese community)