A project in Sandwell which combats loneliness among south Asian women by encouraging them to get together has been awarded a grant worth £1,000 to help it expand.

The Aman Group brings together Asian women aged 40 or older with a Pakistani, Indian or Bangladeshi background to socialise at four libraries within Sandwell.

Breakthru CIC

The project, run by ‘Breakthru CIC’ in Sandwell, was awarded £1,000 by grant-giving charity Heart of England Community Foundation so it can reach more women.

The money will go towards starting the Aman Group in two new areas in Sandwell, and Breakthru CIC is hoping to expand the project into other areas in the West Midlands in the near future.

Victoria Breakwell, of Breakthru CIC, said:

“We were absolutely delighted when the Heart of England Community Foundation awarded us a £1,000 grant to expand the Aman Group.

“We’re always looking for extra funding, so this was a great boost to the project.

“Since we started running the Aman Group two years ago, we’ve increased the membership from 20 ladies to over 200 regular attendees – and the oldest lady is 96 years old.

“We’re still aiming to expand into areas outside of Sandwell. This funding will help us get there.”

The money to fund the project came from the Heart of England Community Foundation’s ‘Surviving Winter’ fund – which aims to support vulnerable people all over the West Midlands.

Breakthru CIC

Tina Costello, CEO of the Heart of England Community Foundation said:

“Breakthru CIC’s application was very strong – we really liked what they are doing to improve the lives of South Asian women in Sandwell and we were very impressed with the increase in membership.

“The Surviving Winter campaign aims to help those affected by isolation, homelessness and food poverty, and the Aman Group’s work in getting women together who might not otherwise have been able to mean they were a great choice for funding.

“This money should help the group expand and reach more women who might need their services. We hope the project will continue to go from strength to strength.”