The charity celebrated its unique mentoring programme which supports Black, Asian, and other Ethnic Minority and Refugee women overcome personal barriers to seek financial independence and personal fulfillment. It focused on its mentors and mentees achievements in the previous 12 months which included facilitating 30 mentoring partnerships, leading to mentees gaining employment and taking up new education and training opportunities.
The aim of the day included enabling potential mentors and mentees to hear how the mentoring has changed their lives and for mentees to meet with Laamiga’s partners from local education, training and employment organisations.
Committee Room 5 saw stalls from a variety of training and employment agencies, and workshops including on successful job applications and motivation and confidence building (with a focus on domestic violence awareness). The stress-busting activities, such as a Drumming Circle and treatments such as Henna Hand Painting, Head and Shoulder Massage and Reflexology, were very popular.
Presentations were given by Dr Emua Ali, Laamiga’s project co-ordinator, Amanda Couper, Laamiga Chair and there was an inspirational speech from Lela Kogbara, Islington’s Director of Regeneration, Strategy and Partnerships which drew on her personal experience of immigration and employment in the UK. Refreshments and a Thai lunch were provided and all participants found the day not only informative but fun and enjoyable.
Feedback received included:
Empowering, positive and supportive. Good for helping to set goals and get advice.
Fantastic organisation and support groups.Great event!
Seeing women from diverse backgrounds being very determined to achieve is very enlightening