At Xenia, we’ve always had big ambitions for what we want to achieve. In 2018, we’ve taken some huge steps that will help us to build on and develop what we currently do, while exploring ways we can share this with women outside of Hackney.

Here are just some of the things we’re proud to have achieved this year and some of the amazing people that have helped us.

  • Workshops  This year we have gone from providing bi-weekly to weekly sessions, welcoming even more women from around the world and discussing topics such as suffrage and changes we would like to see in the future, through to employment and finding work. We’ve also enjoyed activities including yoga, theatre workshops and singing lessons as part of our sessions.
  • Grant funding – We’ve secured funding from Hackney Council, the Rosa Fund, the Alec Dickson Trust, the Leach Family Trust and the Women’s Centenary Fund. This funding has been critical in helping us to fund Xenia workshops throughout the year and start to pay some of the Organising Team for the hours of work they put in, which will be crucial to help with our future sustainability and growth plans.
  • In-kind support – We are extremely lucky to continue to receive the invaluable support of the Hackney Museum, who have supported Xenia since its inception. This year we’ve also received in-kind support from creative agency M&C Saatchi through the Building a Stronger Britain Together programme, and pro-bono support from the amazing teams at Ratio and law firm Goodman Derrick LLP. All of this feeds into some very exciting projects for the new year!
  • Fundraising – In September, we created a Logalgiving page to enable us to collect individual donations which will help us to cover some of our running costs. So far we have raised £968.75 from donators, £660 of which was raised by our Organising Team member Emma who raised funds by running the Budapest Marathon. Go Emma!
  • Recognition – Xenia was invited to speak at the North-South Centre’s conference on Migrant, Refugee and Asylum-seeking Women and Girls as an example of best practice in integration. Also, to come in 2019: Xenia will feature in UN Women’s Guide to Gender-Responsive Implementation of the Global Compact on Migration.

We’d like to thank all our regular participants, funders and supporters who have helped to make 2018 an incredibly successful year. Without your support, we wouldn’t be where we are today creating a community of welcome for all women.

We have some exciting developments in store for 2019, so keep your eyes peeled for updates in early January to find out more! Until then, we are all wishing you a peaceful and loving 2019!

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