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 Goodwork- 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 Streeton 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 prison regime and a 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

About Sawn

SAWN-Support and Action for Women Network was established in 2007 to promote the welfare of Black/African women in Oldham and Great Manchester. SAWN´s aim is to realise the full potential of women by engaging them in activities, provdiing oportunities and events to make women independent,self-sustaining and key players in matters that concern them.

Our Projects

Anti FGM Awareness
Voiceless Victims Prison Project
Interpreting Service
A Friend in Need (AFRIN)
Income Generation

Training & Advice

Signposting & Support

Multi-Agency Work

Our Partners

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The Dorcas Project

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Our Address

Unit 1 Stockfield Mill, Chadderton, Oldham OL9 9ES