Celebrating women in the playgroup

The SIMRA project (Supporting the Integration of Migrant Women, Refugees and Asylum Seekers) is now in full swing. On 10th June 2019  it was the turn of the women and girls who attend CAIA’s Parents & Toddlers Group  at Hayashen to learn about the project and participate. Following a brief introduction and Q & A delivered by CAIA member Vanita Nicholls and supported by CAIA’s CEO, Misak Ohanian, the women spoke about how much they value the  twice-weekly provision which enables not only their young children to learn and play but the opportunity it provides them to interact with their peers, socialise, share issues, offer mutual support in their challenge to settle in London and forge a new identity as women and new mothers in a new country. The culmination of the project will be for the mothers and their children to participate in a ceremony that honours and celebrates womanhood.

At the first session mothers and toddlers made their mark by making handprints together.  These pieces will be included in the art work that will be used as part of the ceremony.

Our charity is working hard to respond to the changing situation around Coronavirus (COVID-19) related issues. We do our best to continue to provide our services for our members and the Armenian community at large and ask for your patience during this challenging time.

Our staff and volunteers are working hard to continue supporting you in the best way that we can, whilst also staying on top of reducing risk of spreading infection and supporting our colleague who may be more at risk.

However, due to the current situation and in the best interest of all of us, we had to make some changes to our normal services. Starting from Monday 16 March 2020, all our services including the face-to-face advice work, the Parents & Toddlers Group, the English classes, Library, the elders lunch club and the youth club are suspended until further notice.

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However, as we wish to support you as best as we can, our advice work continues by telephone, email and online. You may contact us on 020 89924621 or use our website (www.caia.org.uk) to leave an enquiry or email us on info@caia.org.uk

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Misak Ohanian (CEO) & CAIA Board of Directors. – 14/3/2020