Womens Talk

June 2022- Women’s Talk: Building Confidence and Body Positivity.

With summer finally here, we can tend to feel a little conscious and worried about how we look/feel. Join us on this months women’s talk as we talk about the importance of building confidence to empower ourselves and others.

Date: 02/07/2022

Time: 10:30 AM- 12:30 PM

Location: Via Zoom

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Womens Talk

May 2022 Women’s Talk: Parenting teenagers, exams and career guidance.

This month we are hosting a women’s talk session (Saturday 28th May 2022 from 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM ) dedicated to exam season and supporting parents. With exam season right around the corner, supporting parents who are trying to help their teenage children go through exams and help them with career making decisions. As parents we tend to struggle in figuring out how to help our children when they are stressed with exams and deciding on what they want to do in the future with their careers.

We want to do right by our children and help them in the best possible way. Join us in this month’s women’s talk and find out how you can help! 

Date: Saturday 28th May 2022

Time: 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Location: Via Zoom


Training Womens Talk

FREE Courses: Essential Digital Skills Entry Level and Level 1

Improve your digital skills with our entry level Essential digital skills qualification.

I am excited to announce that at ADANNA Women’s Support group we are releasing our new qualification programme. As part of our employment programme for women we are hosting short courses partnered with OCN London to allow you to learn new skills, gain confidence, realise your potential and fulfil your goals and aspirations.

To begin with we are running Entry level Essential digital skills and level 1 essential digital skills. Both courses aim to expand and increase your knowledge and skills set when using technology.
This course is FREE to join and will award you a certification on completion of the course.

There is no formal qualification needed to join in on these courses. However we do have a small entrance test so we can know what your skill set is currently at. We hope to start this course after Easter. There will be a series of assessments which will help you reach your goals. At the end you will receive a qualification and a certificate. 

To join in and get a qualification please follow this link and complete the application:

Alternatively, please email-
or call – 07906343050
International Women's Day Womens Talk

International Women’s Day 2022- Women’s Talk: Smashing Stereotypes!

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we are hosting a Women’s talk on Saturday the 19th of March 2022 from 10:30 AM- 12:30 PM Via Zoom
The theme for IWD 2022 is #BreaktheBias. To stick to the theme, we are hoping to discuss the importance of smashing stereotypes.

Stereotypes are pre-determined negative ideologies of a certain group of people. These ideologies tend to have a negative impact on not only the entire community but also on the mental health and self-perception of the individual.

Stereotypes have a negative impact on the role ethnic minority women play within communities, we tend to be seen in a negative light which impacts our opportunities in the working world. Statistically proven women from ethnic minority communities are more likely to be passed on jobs with higher positions almost always because of the negative stereotypes about ethnic minority women.

We are hoping that having this discussion can allow us to be a part of the change and smash the stereotypes. We have special guests from a women entrepreneur as well as local Barking and Dagenham MP. They will talk about the struggles they have faced as ethnic minority women in leadership positions.

This event will be held online Via Zoom and the joining link is:
Alternatively, you can email me at to join.

Blog Post Training

Interviews Skills and Practice sessions

This online training session is designed to help you understand the interview process, how to answer competency based interview questions and what really goes on during an interview.

This session would be useful for you if you

·         Have been unemployed for over 6 months

·         Lack confidence to speak in front of people during interviews and presentations

·         Have English as a second language and find it difficult to express yourself

·         Have either too little or a lot of experience but don’t know how to sell yourself

·         Keep getting calls for interviews but no job offers

By the end of the session you will learn;

·         How to prepare for interviews

·         What  are employers looking for in the questions they ask

·         How to provide strong answers to interview questions

·         How to read non verbal cues such as body language

Delivered by:

This training session is run by the Adanna Women’s Support group funded by the ESFA.

 This course is delivered by one of our expert  Employment Coach

Date: Monday 13th December 2021

Time: 11am-1pm

Venue: via Zoom :

Cost: Free


Please email to book onto this course and get the zoom link.

Womens Talk

Women’s Talk- Parenting within the BAME Communities

The Adanna Women’s Support Group is holding their next monthly meeting on Saturday 29th May from 10:00 am to 12:30 Noon.

We will be talking about good parenting in the BAME community. How to parent difficult teenagers.

What is parenting? What does good Parenting look like?

On this months women’s talk join us  as we discuss good cultural parenting skills with in the African and Asian Community.

Being from an ethnic minority background parenting sometimes involves the inclusion of cultural practice. It is important to understand when it is important to include cultural practice for the health and wellbeing of your child. 

Parenting within BAME communities is significantly different than others. With more focus and over policing on the ethnic minority communities the way we raise our children also comes under scrutiny.  Ethnic minority parents face pressures from society to uphold excellent parenting but this can be hard sometimes. With the important culture and religion plays within these communities how do you include that whilst parenting your child?

Hope you can join us and be informed and empowered!

To register click on the link below:

Blog Post International Women's Day Womens Talk

Blog Post- International Women’s Day Women’s Talk on Health inequalities in BAME women

13 March 2021.
For International Women’s Day a discussion was held about the inequalities in health for BAME women. The COVID pandemic it has shone a light on inequalities of health felt by ethnic minority communities, with not only a higher number of COVID cases but with high numbers of mortality rate amongst ethnic minority groups, and our question is why? Why are these health inequities present? And what is being done to remove the inequalities? During the discussion three women from Redbridge Public Health and the council joined us. and made presentations. From this we were able to see what exactly Redbridge council aims to do about reducing these inequalities. During our research we found different factors that influenced quality of health for the BAME group people these factors were:

  1. Employment
  2. Being a refugee or asylum seeker
  3. Lack of social support
  4. Racism
  5. Blaming cultural beliefs

During the discussion there were a few points that were made about the inequalities felt by ethnic minority women specifically.

Adultification of black and Asian women- here BAME women are more often told ‘to get on with it’ or expected to bear excessive pain compared to their white counterparts. In particular young BAME women are treated as if they are much older than their actual age whereas their white female counterparts are treated much more sympathetically and child like being offered a range of different treatments and care options.
Health Concerns are not taken seriously – here BAME women’s health concerns are more likely to be dismissed by the GP or health professional than their white counterparts. We heard of a woman who told a hospital about her allergies and they ignored it and administered the medication anyway and this left her with life threatening illness and permanent disability.
Being treated as unintelligent – here the BAME women felt the health professionals sometimes looked down on them or spoke to them as though they were stupid. We heard from a female engineer from India who said due to her accent
and limited English her GP belittled her by shouting at her during a consultation. She did not respond due to her cultural upbringing to be respectful but felt very uncomfortable about opening up to that person again.

The public health officers from Redbridge council mentioned a few different projects they are working on to close the health gap for BAME community group.

  1. Every day in policy- every life matters and every opinion matters.
  2. Redbridge council is working with rough sleepers, to ensure they access health services
  3. UNICEF Charter-Doing child friendly services.
  4. Reaching out to young mothers-How schools can support young mothers.
  5. Good schools mean social inclusion for young mothers.
  6. Decommissioning certain programmes that are not effectively helping close the health inequality gap and then commissioning other programmes that are much more likely to be effective in closing the gap.
  7. Maternity programme- The aim of this maternity programme is to allow better birth, better pre-natal care, better maternity, and better post-natal care.
  8. Obesity programme- this programme aims to look at different ways to promote healthy living/eating for BAME communities.

Although all these different programmes are designed to help close the gap for ethnic minority groups. It is difficult to do so when the BAME community is so varied, it does not involve just one community group it is a large, varied community, where each individual within the BAME community has different health concerns, therefore having the term ‘BAME community’ to describe such a large number of people it makes it impossible to be able to close the health inequalities gap. At the end of the discussion, we conducted a survey to further understand the BAME communities experience of health services and the experiences they are facing.

Table 1

Table 1 represents the opinions on mental health and which ethnic group is more likely to suffer from mental health problems we can see the Black ethnic group has the highest chosen ethnic group followed by the Asian ethnic group. Looking at the results form table 1 above it correlates with the actual results. According to the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey found that black men were more likely than their white counterparts to experience a psychotic disorder in the last year. This tells us that ethnic minority communities are aware of the health determinants within their own community, and are aware of the fact that it could have detrimental effect on their community, yet very little is being done about it.

Table 2

Table 2 represents the opinions on which BAME communities is likely to suffer form physical health. We can see that the Black and Asian ethnic groups were the most commonly chosen groups of individuals who were seen as more likely to suffer from ill physical health. Similarly, national statistics correlate with this finding that BAME groups are likely to suffer from physical ill health more than their white counterparts. During pregnancy black women are 5 times more likely to die during childbirth compared to their white counterparts. This is a statistic that is shocking and upsetting to have to hear being able to discuss these issues feels empowering to share with other women, it allows voices to be heard and awareness to be raised. We also asked the respondents of their experience of using health services the
statistical representation bellow shows the answers.

We also asked the respondents of their experience of using health services the statistical representation bellow shows the answers.

Table 3

Table 3 shows that 54.5% (over half) felt they had been treated differently based on their gender or race.

We went further to ask our respondents to share their experiences if they had any bellow are some of the responses.

“Yes, a particular GP refused to see us because he didn’t want to support us in our housing matter which was having an effect on our health”.

“My fears not ;listened to.. “I was pressured into taking High dosage medication”.

“My GP had refused to give me blood test despite repeated requests. Until I really had to finally assert myself and they could see I was not going to leave without a positive answer!”

“I had breathing issues and snored heavily so I visited my GP on a number of occasions but no diagnosis and medication given for treatment. I was told this is this is normal by the GP.”

‘I don’t feel my GP cares about my issues but just dismisses my concerns’

Above are some of the opinions we can see that from the 11 respondents 6 have said that they felt they had a bad experience with health professionals like their GPs.

Table 4 below shows the opinions of how the respondents feel about the healthcare professionals and if they believe there is enough understanding of the conditions/situations of Black or Asian health concerns and conditions.

Table 4

To better allow ethnic minorities to benefit from health services it is important to have open communication on how to be inclusive and allow ethnic minorities to be able to come forward with their experience to allow a better health care service for future generations.

Having this conversation is important as it allows inclusivity, a feeling of believing and allowing everyone to be heard, encouraging each other, we were able to express our thoughts and feelings about the health inequalities and the lack of communication around this topic. We were able to let our voice be heard by the members of Redbridge Public health and the council and we hope it makes a difference.

We concluded and recommended to the Public health professionals present that Redbridge consider training health professionals regularly on people skills particularly around how to work with people from diverse cultures. Also more input from such ethnic group in shaping the health services is essential if they are to become more equal

Girls Talk Womens Talk

Women’s Talk- Mental and Physical abuse in BAME community– Causes and Cure.

The pandemic has shone a light on the increasing numbers of physical and mental abuse that are present. Although physical and mental abuse is a prominent issue within many communities, it is prevailing issue that has an impact on ethnic minority women, with less focus and research being done to see how to help women from these specific minority groups.

In Redbridge the level of domestic violence has increased by 453 cases in June 2020 compared to the 332 in April 2020, similarly, Barking and Dagenham has the highest prevalence rates of domestic violence abuse with a 23 per 1000 population reporting the abuse to the police.

Join us on 1st of May 2021 on a discussion on the experience of Mental and Physical abuse within the BAME communities and how to spots signs and symptoms of abuse.

Date: 1st May 2021

Time:10:30 am – 12:30pm

Location: Zoom

Register via this link:

International Women's Day Uncategorized Womens Talk

International women’s day 2021- Inequalities in healthcare

Happy International Women’s Day

The significance of International women’s day

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender equality. Significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women’s achievements or rally for women’s equality. 

As women nurture and care for their whole family, a healthy woman is a healthy nation.

Health inequalities in BAME women groups, how does it affect you?

Join us on  13th March 2021  for a discussion about current health inequalities  Black and Asian women face.

Date: 13th March 2021

Time: 10:30 AM- 12 noon

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Womens Talk

Women’s Talk- Health inequalities in Black and Asian women Part 1 Pre-international Women’s day discussion

Join us on 27th February 2021 for a Pre International Women’s Empowerment month information discussion about the current health inequalities which Black and Asian women face.

This COVID pandemic has shone a light on the health experiences of ethnic minorities, with more deaths caused by COVID19 amongst the ethnic minorities group, yet the take up for the vaccine in these communities are low. In this event we will discuss the importance of understanding the inequalities in health care. we also aim to raise awareness on the importance of vaccination and to also tackle the myths and misunderstandings that have been spreading fear and uncertainty about the vaccination.

Date: 27/02/2021

Time: 10:30 am to 12 noon

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