Fair and Share is a registered charity operating in the London Borough of Newham. It was established in 1996 following discussions with the Council around the needs of local Asian women. It was felt that Asian women were isolated and needed support to access services that were available in the borough. Even though there were other Asian women’s organisations in the borough they had a particular focus on domestic violence. A more general organisation was required for Asian women and their families.
Fair and Share began providing services from the Shalom Centre in ManorPark. This mainly focused on providing advice and information sessions four days a week covering welfare benefits, housing, immigration, education, employment and sign posting. In addition to this Fair and Share organised social cultural events, day and weekend trips. When, the Katherine Road Community Centre was established Fair and Share was the first group to provide activities within the new building.
As the advise sessions at the Shalom centre grew popular they were later funded by the Trust for London. Since 2001 we have provided a weekly Asian Women’s group at the Katherine Road Community Centre. It started off by providing keep fit sessions, social gatherings and a regular monthly library service. Fair and Share later developed additional activities such as yoga sessions at both community centres on a weekly basis. The organisation has also piloted swimming classes for Asian Women and Healthy Cooking classes for Asian women through funding from Newham Primary Care Trust (now known as NHS Newham). Fair and Share members have been very active in local health consultations and research, at local and national level.