Who We Are:
The history of the organisation went back in 2010, we are 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 support, want to help their children in learning but not confident how to do so, struggling with work and family life balance to make ends meet. Women’s Concerns was evolved to meet the needs of, predominantly, women across 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 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!
My Start-up Enterprise
Funder: Big Lottery Fund, starts April 2016–
The 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 will consists of a series of 12 half day sessions in each quater period May to July, August – Oct. and Nov. to Jan. and a one to one mentoring support service. We are aiming to deliver the training to as many people as possible. 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 suppport focussed 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 Buisness structure. For more information and register interest please contact Dr Subrata Saha (the Project Manager) firstname.lastname@example.org
Funders : European Social Fund & Skills Funding Agency 2014-2015
The project aims to provide business start-up training . Working with professional trainers, the programme was 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.
Key areas: Food choices, Nutrition, Health and Culture.
Funder: NHS 2013-2015
The 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.
Let’s Do It! –Entrepreneurship Skills Training
Key outcomes (pilot):
”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. A conference paper in the title of ”Entrepreneurship, Ageing and New Challenges” presented at the Oxford University, International conference 2013, author Dr Subrata Saha.
Inter-generational Care and Visual arts Cultural heritage
Pilot phase (collaborative project with the Reading University) 2013-2014
In partnership with four local schools, the project aims to help parents on how to help their children’s learning and to help promote intergenerational family learning.
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)