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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.

The project was managed by Somali-speaking staff and supported Somali women over 50 to develop healthier lifestyles, aiming to increase their feelings of independence and helping to reduce their isolation in the community.

Cultural events were organised and planned with the women, and the project was very much valued by them:

“I am a severely disabled person, I had a stroke 10 years ago and I can hardly walk.  This is the only place I come to meet my friends and have a laugh...all other days (apart from Fridays) I am just sitting on my chair staring out the window”.
(Project user - Older Somali Women's Project)

WHFS provided a weekly club that encouraged healthy eating, alongside exercise sessions and advice on coping with isolation.

Activities provided

  • Keep fit sessions
  • Healthy eating classes
  • Arabic classes
  • Advice on managing long-term conditions (such as diabetes)
  • Sewing classes
  • Trips and cultural events

Further information

Please click here to read about our current projects, as well as our work with the Somali community.