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Deepdale Women's Action group - Preston

For more information, or to join the group, ring any of the following committee members on the numbers below:

Kulsum 01772 886114

Taahera 01772 887306

Jendy 01772 401134 or mobile 07967 222864

Introduction

Deepdale Women's Action Group was formed in 2001 to represent and serve the women of the Deepdale area in Preston. A management committee of up to 15 women is linked with a network of more than 100 women in order to find what services and opportunities are needed for women in Deepdale.

Deepdale Women's Action Group tries to get these identified wants and needs met, working with other organisations when necessary while keeping the larger group informed.

Deepdale Women's Action group has adopted a constitution and obtained funding from the Community Partnerships for Health Fund, Greater Deepdale Partnership, Surestart East and Preston Community Chest. The money has enabled the group to put on regular weekly exercise courses for women and to arrange other activities including open days, health education sessions, appointments with a woman doctor, henna painting and cake decoration classes. Future activities may include sewing classes, activities in school holidays for mums and daughters, and personal development courses.

Members of the management committee greatly benefited from an enterprise training course provided by Lancaster University soon which has helped them run the group effectively.

Deepdale Women's Action Group is run by women for women and welcomes enquiries and support from women in the Deepdale area and round about. Women may join for £2 p.a. and be kept informed of all activities. The management committee always welcomes new members.

Teaching and Learning

Achieving within the Voluntary Sector (Enterprise Skills)The attraction of CAP courses for community groups are that they can be tailored specifically to the needs of the group. One such example is a course (October 2001) which was designed for a management committee of a recently set up women's group called Deepdale Women's Action Group. The management committee comprises of local residents of the Preston Deepdale ward whose population has a large percentage of people from the South Asian communities.

The Enterprise Unit was designed to examine the philosophy and need for women's groups, and explore the different roles, responsibilities and situations a management committee needs to be aware of. This was an exciting opportunity to work with a group in its early stages of development. Statutory organisations are starting to give the respect to voluntary organisations for their knowledge and links within the community it serves. With this comes more pressure for management committees to be professional in their conduct and delivery. This course introduced the skills to enable their group to compete with other organisations.

REAP was formerly known as the Community Access Programme (CAP)

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