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In response to the pandemic Womenzone Community Centre in BD3 made a commitment to support vulnerable communities across the Bradford district, after receiving funding from the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council, Give Bradford and the National Lottery Community Fund.

Since the start of lockdown, Womenzone have provided food provision and clothing for over 600 families, including refugees and asylum seekers from around the world and will continue to do so as COVID-19 continues.

During October half term, Womenzone pledged to provide 50 meals over 5 days to children in need, during the #NoChildShouldGoHungry campaign on Twitter, supported by Footballer Marcus Rashford MBE. In the end, they provided 550 hot meals, 40 food parcels and clothing for over 1000 people.

Womenzone has been operating as a food bank since March 2020, serving those in need in BD3 and the wider district, alongside many other services for families, including befriending, English for Everyone, employability, online activities and sports sessions.

Lubna Khalid, Family Outreach Worker of Womenzone said, “As a response to the pandemic Womenzone decided to offer support to the community, by providing food and clothes to vulnerable families in Bradford. The clothes were donated by Sainsbury’s which we are incredibly

grateful for. We are also liaising with other community organisations to reach the neediest of those communities. Please do contact us if you require our support.”

Now they ask that anyone in need, in particular women and their families, should get in contact with them to see if they can offer essential food and clothing.

If you require Womenzone’s support, or you know anyone else who does – contact Lubna Khalid at Womenzone at lubnakhalid@womenzonecc.co.uk or call 01274 665270.

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Bradford charity Womenzone has supported over 100 low-income families in the local community through online support services during the coronavirus pandemic.

The charity is also working with Bradford Council to arrange support for 200 vulnerable women and girls who could be experiencing loneliness or isolation during the lockdown and offer support in a variety of languages.

Womenzone have provided resources from national charities to help the local community. They have worked with the Muslim Women’s Council to provide food parcels, Sport England to deliver online activities and the Literacy Trust, who donated books for children and families.

They are also offering online fitness classes, meetings and creating activity packs for users, including a specific scheme to contact over 55s who may be isolated as a result of social distancing.

Volunteers from the charity have been organising talks on Zoom, Whatsapp and posting on social media to keep users up to date on the latest coronavirus news and to provide information on upcoming events.

Womenzone Centre Co-ordinator, Humma Nizami, said: “Womenzone has helped communities across Bradford to maintain their mental and physical wellbeing through a range of online and virtual services including providing telephone befriending support to lonely and isolated women, distributing activity packs and food vouchers to vulnerable and low-income families who on free school meals, delivering fitness classes and healthy eating, supporting our over 55’s wellbeing group on using online tools such as Zoom and WhatsApp video call.

“The majority of our service users are from South Asian backgrounds and have language barriers due to English not being their first language. Therefore it was important that we continued to support them through our helpline and Digital Wellbeing Service where our staff offered advice and information on Covid-19 in a range of languages which worked well as we were able to reassure them and provide up to date advice release through the Government’s daily briefings.

“We are following the Government social distancing guidelines to ensure the safety of all our service users, staff and volunteers which at the moment is our main priority. We hope to re-open our centre safely in the next few months once lockdown has eased with clear guidance from the Government.”

Womenzone is based in Bradford Moor and is formed of volunteers from the local community who support women from the South Asian community, including people who have recently arrived in the community as well as first and second-generation migrants.