Women Today usually run workshops for BME women

Women Today – who support Black African women with information, guidance and self-esteem building – are now reaching out to older women in the Tees Valley.

Founder Locardia Chidanyika said: “We really miss our usual workshops right now, but we are still trying to make a difference.

“Some of the older BME women in our community have experienced a lot more discrimination compared to younger women. Things are changing now, but emotionally they can lead a lonely life because of their past experiences. Some don’t feel part of the community even though they have lived here for many years.

“For example, one of the older women we know is terrified that she will have to go into a nursing home and be the only black person there, because she experienced a lot of racism when she came to this country.

“We are checking in, delivering parcels and prescriptions where needed and making sure they are Ok.”

Locardia is one of six volunteers running Women Today’s response to the pandemic.

County Durham Community Foundation have been able to support Women Today with a £3,500 grant through the National Emergencies Trust appeal.