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Women’s group is going strong after 27 years

MEET AND GREET ... South Tyneside Mayor Coun Fay Cunningham and Mayoress Stella Matthewson with Apna Ghars chairman, Shahida Ali, centre, and members at their annual general meeting.

MEET AND GREET ... South Tyneside Mayor Coun Fay Cunningham and Mayoress Stella Matthewson with Apna Ghars chairman, Shahida Ali, centre, and members at their annual general meeting.

A CENTRE set up to give ethnic women a voice is celebrating reaching another milestone.

Apna Ghar, meaning ‘our home’ in Hindi, is an organisation for South Tyneside’s black and minority ethnic communities.

Launched by founder Vimla Storey, originally from India, it is based in Ocean Road, South Shields.

Apna Ghar provides a wide range of learning opportunities, both vocational and non-vocational, as well as various support services.

This week, its latest annual general meeting was held at South Shields Town Hall as it celebrated 27 years of service.

The event was attended by the Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Fay Cunningham, and Mayoress Stella Mathewson, and they passed on their congratulations to the group.

Apna Ghar chairwoman Shahida Ali said: “We started on a shoestring budget and went from strength to strength, thanks to our friends, staff, volunteers and funders, all of which we are very grateful for. These are the very reasons why we are managing to survive in today’s financial climate, for, once again, we are operating on a shoestring budget.

“Without the commitment and dedication of all our supporters, who have worked tirelessly and voluntarily, we would not have been able to provide a much-needed service.”

 
 
 

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