Charity of the Month: Manchester Women’s Aid

The charity of the month is Manchester Women’s Aid. This charity is focused on helping domestic abuse survivors by providing safe and confidential temporary accommodation, play services, advice and support, dedicated case workers and support groups. It was created in 2014 and it is currently the largest specialist provider of domestic abuse services in Manchester. I have done a lot of research into their work and what they are doing to help women and children fleeing domestic violence situations. It is lovely to see great charities like Manchester Women’s Aid working tirelessly to save vulnerable women in the city.

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Manchester Women’s Aid Mission
  • To promote the equality of women
  • To protect women and their dependants through promoting the mental and physical health of such beneficiaries; advancing the education of such beneficiaries; relieving need, hardship and distress among such beneficiaries and advancing the education of the general public in relation to issues of women’s equality and domestic abuse.
Manchester Women’s Aid Refuge (Emerge)

The charity provides temporary emergency housing for domestic violence victims. It currently has five refuges across Manchester catering for up to 30 families in crisis. Many of the refuges offer full disabled access. The refuges are a mixture of self-contained units and communal homes. The charity also helps facilitate the move to a more permanent accommodation.

Manchester Women’s Aid also provides interpreters for women who do not speak English and they also assign a support worker to every woman who walks into their refuges.

I think this charity is amazing and I am glad to know these services are available to those who desperately need it. If you or someone you know is experiencing any form of domestic violence, please speak out and get help. There are many support services like Manchester Women’s Aid set up to help you get out of such toxic environments.

Donate

You can click here to donate to Manchester Women’s Aid. You can give as little or as much as you like – £10 could provide a welcome pack for a woman or family arriving at one of our refuges, with essential toiletries and other basics.

 

 

Tips for coping in the heatwave

Coping in the heatwave has been hard. It has been very warm this week here in Cheshire, England. The weather has been so sunny and humid. It has been a struggle to stay comfortable indoors especially at nighttime. I don’t cope well in extremely warm temperatures. When it gets too warm, I struggle to stay on top of everything. The heat makes it ten times harder to concentrate but I have found some tips that have helped me cope better in the heatwave.

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Tips for coping in the heatwave
Drink more water

I find myself drinking more water when it is warm, which is good. Drinking water regularly keeps me cool and hydrated. It also does wonders for my skin, leaving it clean and clear. You should also drink little cups of water here and there even when you don’t feel thirsty. This will replace all the fluids you are losing from sweat. Try to stick to drinking just water as much as possible.

Keep the blinds and curtains closed during the day

This helps keep the heat out, leaving your house cool, which helps you sleep better. Leaving the blinds and curtains down during the day is the oldest trick to deal with the heatwave.

Take regular cool showers

I take cool showers during the heatwave at least twice a day. This cools me down, gets rid of the sweat, and allows me to sleep better. The kids really enjoy cool showers too when it gets really warm. Try not to get the water too cold though so your body doesn’t react negatively. At the end of the day, you should be sticking to temperatures you are comfortable with.

Replace your duvet with a thinner fabric

When it gets really warm, I get rid of my duvet and use a thinner fabric as a cover up. It helps me sleep better.

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Run your wrists under a cold tap

Running cold water on your wrists will lower your body temperature.

Wear light, loose clothing

Wearing light, loose clothing will keep you comfy when the weather gets really warm. In a heatwave, the last thing you want is to have to do with tight clothing soiled in sweat.

Spritz your face with water

This is one of my favourite things to do when the weather gets unbearable warm. Spritzing my face with cool water keeps my body temperature low. I like to keep my little bottle in the fridge so the water is cool for when I need it.

How are you coping in the heatwave? I can’t wait until it is all over and normal weather comes back. Please share your tips for coping in the heatwave.

 

 

Why I haven’t had my hair done since February

I have been not visited my hairdresser since February 2020. This was a decision I made when the chaos started. I decided to quit many of the things I would do normally. Having my hair professionally done was one of them. Even when the government lifted the restrictions here in England, my restrictions were still on. The main reason why I have decided not to have my hair done professionally is that I wanted to pay more attention to it and grow it. I am pleased with how my hair is looking these days. It has grown rapidly in the last 3 months. I am looking forward to seeing how long and healthy it will look like by the end of the year. Also, the whole idea of wearing masks to the hairdressers didn’t encourage me to go in.

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Why I haven’t had my hair done since February

For those who do not know, I decided to go down the natural route some years ago. I got rid of all the hair relaxers and chemicals I have been using on my hair for decades and allowed my hair to be. The big chop route didn’t appeal to me, so I decided to let the relaxed ends outgrow themselves. It was a long process but it worked well in the end. I am looking forward to my hair growing longer so I can do more with it. Hopefully, I and my little girl will be able to visit our hairdresser within the next few months, but I don’t think I am ready just yet.

I love the fact that I can wash my hair every 2 weeks (or whenever I feel like) without worrying about messing up my cornrows. The fact that I am to deeply moisturise my hair with oils twice a day, from the scalp to the tips is also a big one for me. Usually, many of the hairstyles I do don’t allow me moisturise my hair the way I would like to. I have my hair in plaits or twists I do myself. It allows my hair to breathe easy.

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I now see why many natural hair women hardly have their hair in cornrow styles these days. If there is one thing this pandemic has allowed me to, it has given me a good reason to care for my hair the way my hair wants me to. The growth and the glow in my hair speak for itself. I went from not being able to grow my hair some months ago to haveing my hair grow longer and healthier every week. This experience has been mind-blowing. I will be sharing before and after photos to keep track of the length, so do lookout for the next natural hair update post.

 

 

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