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Advocacy Link

The Advocacy Link project has been completed and is now closed. This page is for information only.
Advocacy Link was a WHFS (Women's Health & Family Services) social enterprise that ran from 2009 to 2013, which provided an immediate advocacy service for any agency across Tower Hamlets and in neighbouring boroughs.  The bilingual advocates were a trained and experienced team who mainly lived locally and consequently had an understanding of the health, cultural and social needs of their communities. 

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Bilingual Health Advocacy

The Bilingual Health Advocacy project has been completed and is now closed. This page is for information only.

Health Advocates promoted the health of project users and empowered them to achieve better health outcomes for themselves and their families.  

Health Advocates negotiated between project users and health professionals to ensure that users understood the issues and decisions that affected their healthcare – this could often involve translating not only between languages, but also between cultural understandings.

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Cancer Awareness

The WHFS Cancer Awareness project has been completed and is now closed. This page is for information only.
The WHFS (Women's Health & Family Services) Cancer Awareness project ran from 2013 to September 2016 and its aims were to:
  • Increase public awareness (including risk factors and symptoms) of 3 specific cancers – bowelbreast and lung cancer.
  • Dispel cultural myths, stigmas and misinformation about cancer.
  • Increase awareness of cancer screening services in Tower Hamlets and encourage more people to access them.
  • Build on collaborative partnerships with GP networks, pharmacies and voluntary & community organisations (VCOs) to improve the awareness and early diagnosis of all 3 cancers and therefore patients' health and wellbeing.

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Chinese & Vietnamese Advocacy & Volunteer Project

The Chinese & Vietnamese Advocacy & Volunteer project has been completed and is now closed. This page is for information only.

WHFS (Women’s Health & Family Services) has been supporting the relatively small (but rapidly growing) Chinese and Vietnamese communities in Tower Hamlets since the charity was launched in 1981.   Our tri-lingual health advocate, My Diep, has extensive first-hand experience of engaging and supporting these communities, having worked for WHFS for 30 years, including leading the Supporting Bilingual Families project for its entire 22-year duration, until its completion in 2015. 

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Clothes Talk

The Clothes Talk project has been completed and is now closed. This page is for information only.

The Clothes Talk project in 2013 (funded by London Borough of Tower Hamlets Youth Services) brought together older and younger Somali and Bengali women to discuss clothing, and share their stories and experiences of belonging to the Muslim community in Tower Hamlets.  The project ran from 2nd February to 23rd March 2013.

Ten of the women also undertook mentoring training and brought their skills to schools and colleges so that they could contribute positively to their communities.  

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Diabetes - Somali Diabetes Education

The Somali Diabetes Education project has been completed and is now closed.  This page is for information only.

WHFS (Women's Health & Family Services) has been working to support both Somali and Bengali clients with Type 2 diabetes since 2003. We were commissioned in 2008 by NHS Tower Hamlets to provide diabetes-related education and support to Somali people with diabetes, a project which ran until March 2016.  The project was set up in response to growing concerns about the increase in Type 2 diabetes among the Somali community and the difficulties associated with supporting these patients.

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Happy Healthy Hearts

The Happy Healthy Hearts project has been completed and is now closed.  This page is for information only.

WHFS (Women’s Health & Family Services) received funding from The Big Lottery to conduct a 6-month pilot project, Happy Healthy Hearts.  The main aim was to support patients throughout Tower Hamlets at risk of developing - or already living with - Cardio Vascular Disease (CVD) by providing the support of WHFS Befriending Volunteers, trained by the British Heart Foundation.

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Health in Old Age - Bengali Women's Health Project

The Bengali Women's Health project has been completed and is now closed. This page is for information only.

WHFS (Women's Health & Family Services) set up the Bengali Women’s Health Project to support Bangladeshi women aged over 50 living in the Bow East area to develop healthier lifestyles and reduce isolation by providing English language classes.

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Health in Old Age - Dancing Together

The Dancing Together project has been completed and is now closed.  This page is for information only.

Dancing Together was a 3-month project funded by Community First that started in October 2014 and addressed elderly isolation, health and wellbeing in the over 50s in the Bow East area of Tower Hamlets.   While aimed primarily at the Chinese and Vietnamese communities, it was not exclusive and was open to people from all communities.

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Health in Old Age - Somali Men's Health Group

The Somali Men's Health Group project has been completed and is now closed.  This page is for information only.

WHFS (Women's Health & Family Services) developed the Somali Men's Health Group in 2010, which ran until August 2015 and was funded by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets (LBTH) Adult Services.

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Health in Old Age - Somali Women's Health Group

The Somali Women's Health Group project has been completed and is now closed.  This page is for information only.

WHFS (Women's Health & Family Services) developed the Somali Women's Health Group in 2002, which ran until August 2015 and was funded by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets (LBTH) Mainstream Grant.

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Healthy Start Champions

The Healthy Start Champions project has been completed and is now closed. This page is for information only.

Healthy Start is a UK-wide government scheme to improve the health of low-income pregnant women and families on benefits and tax credits.  

In Tower Hamlets, women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or have children under 4 years of age qualify for the Healthy Start scheme if the family is eligible for benefits.

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Patient Open Consent

The Patient Open Consent project has been completed and is now closed. This page is for information only.

Women’s Health and Family Services (WHFS) successfully secured funding for six months from the NHS Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group (THCCG) to consult communities and health professionals on a new scheme called ‘Open Consent’ that aims to improve access to community health initiatives in Tower Hamlets.

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Somali Women's Employment Project

The Somali Women's Employment project has been completed and is now closed. This page is for information only.

WHFS (Women's Health & Family Services) launched the Somali Women's Employment project at the Brady Centre on Thursday 17th December, a 6 month project aimed at enabling Somali women to return to work or gain first time employment.

The project provides training for 20 women and involves WHFS outreach work to attract, motivate and encourage Somali women to develop the skills and confidence to get ready for the job market. The WHFS Somali Project Co-ordinator will work in partnership with specialist organisations to offer:

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Supporting Bilingual Families

The Supporting Bilingual Families project has been completed and is now closed. This page is for information only.

The WHFS (Women's Health & Family Services) Bilingual Family Support project assisted families from the Bengali, Somali, Cantonese and Vietnamese speaking communities who find it difficult to access the health and welfare information they require because they do not speak English as a first language.

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