DOSTI group was setup in 2012 as an informal group, led by volunteers, supported by Go-Woman! Alliance CIC. The group meet every week over a cup of tea and biscuits.
GOAL runs DOSTI group which targets older women from the community who are isolated due to lack of language skills and cultural norms.
Through DOSTI group we provide health sessions delivered by professionals in the community in home languages; language development through basic English classes being accessed by users of DOSTI group; confidence building through doing, which involved trip to market in Birmingham.
Creating and developing a group that they can call their own; accessing peer support has given many of the women a new lease of life.
DOSTI’s group runs a drop-in session once a week, providing a safe and trusted environment where women from all backgrounds can come and meet like-minded people. Through building trust women will be able to share their concerns and anxieties, accessing support from their peers in the community.
Simply sharing their anxieties removes some of their loneliness. Finding out that they are other people with similar issues, helps to reduce their own anxieties, giving them opportunity to meet like-minded people.