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Services offered by SAWN on a community and one to one basis

Furniture Bank

      • We offer a low-cost furniture pack to people on low income at a discount and sometimes gift some items to people in need. Items include basics like a bed, wardrobe, sofa, dining table, and chairs. The client should be accompanied by the referrer. The referrer has to provide or pay for the transportation of the item/s.

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Awareness &Support

      • We offer a place for women to understand the impact of FGM and to speak about it unjudged and also to meet other women who have been victims or are at a risk of FGM. We are based at Unit 1 Stockfoield Mill, Melbourne Street, Oldham OL9 9ESand provide a drop-in service on Mondays and Tuesdays where we give both emotional and practical support.

A Befriending service

      • We offer a befriending service to women and their families who are isolated or going through hardships, at 1 Eldon Street on Tuesday morning.

Money matters

      • We provide support and basic advice for women and their families on issues regarding their money especially living on a budget, debt management, work and welfare, and signposting to FCA registered money advisors.

Prison Project

      • We provide support for women in prison and Ex-offenders to aid community rehabilitation, understanding the prison regime and befriending prison service.

Drop-in Service for general wellbeing and settling in the UK

      • We provide a service for women and their families to understand life in the UK and what it entails. E.g. Education, housing, immigration, work preparedness and benefits entitlements.

Health and wellbeing sessions

      • We provide a service for the basic wellbeing of women and their families E.g. Mental Health, Domestic Violence, Drugs, Gangs, Racism and Parenting in the UK


What Our Beneficiaries Say about SAWN


COP26 experience

Rated 5 out of 5
November 12, 2021

The trip was amazing starting with the company of women, accommodation and experience. I knew Climate change was a big issue but I didn’t realise there was a Conference to discuss it globally. The COP 26 experience was such a revelation of how Climate change is linked to most of the issues we face in our communities.


Review title: Impact through learning and being proactive to reverse the effects of climate change.

Rated 4 out of 5
November 11, 2021

It was pleasant time to get to witness this event at this our point in time .We had a wonderful time,learning from other people what they are doing to tackle the climate problem that everyone is facing and of which is going to continue to affect generations to come.lf we do not do anything about it now,it will be too late to reverse these effects. It is about playing a part as an individual/cluster group /community/city/country and the world as a whole.This is our time to leave a footprint of change in whatever field we are in.
Thank you to Sawn and the funders who made it possible for us to meet,connect and network.

Siphiwe Mungoni

All the way to Glasgow cop26

Rated 5 out of 5
November 11, 2021

It was extremely an amazing trip to Glasgow, we got to understand better more about climate change, how it coud be avoided and how harmful it is until generations to come.we had fun,we made new friends. Morover I want to give a big thanks to LC our funder. Thank you so much by making it possible.

Naemy Nghishidivali

Cop26 in Glasgow

Rated 5 out of 5
November 11, 2021

Sawn provided a environment for us ladies to spend time together and have fun ,getting to know each other and building a community spirit with women from different backgrounds. We were able to show our creative talents in different areas on a platform we could not have accessed as individuals. Thanks to our patron Mrs Rose Ssali and the ladies who work close with her for making this day happen

Rose K Kirunda

Cop26 Event /Trip

Rated 5 out of 5
November 11, 2021

“The Cop 26 event which brought most SAWN sisters from Manchester together at Ardmay House, Glasgow last week, was fantastic!
It was well Organised, elegant and professional – just like all the women who are members of the SAWN networking group. Great impressive projects were showcased by the ladies and everyone was keen to mingle and talk about what they could do to help to reduce climate change – a really great event.