Asian Women Lone Parent Association

Working to improve the quality of life for single asian mothers.

Asian Women Lone Parents Association (AWLPA) works to support Asian women who are lone parents, and their children, by providing services that enables them to improve their lives and wellbeing.

Established from a grass root self help group of lone Asian mothers in 1998, AWLPA became a Charity (charity no: 1105305) and a Company Limited by guarantee (no 5166706).   It occupies a unique position in the UK as the only organization working specifically with lone Asian mothers. Through active support we look to empower women to participate in their social, economic, health and physical environment.

Our service users are mainly first generation migrants from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and more recently British born second and third generation of South Asian heritage and tend to be between the ages of 18 to 55 years old.

They have often been through a difficult journey of domestic violence including physical, financial and emotional abuse impacting on them and their children.  The decision to leave their marriage is courageous for the women.  Unfortunately this is not often perceived as such by family and the wider community leading to stigmatisation, isolation and loneliness for the mother and child/children due to the taboo associated with divorce and separation, particularly for a woman, within the Asian Community.  This often leads to poor mental and physical health not only for the mother but also for the children. The situation is often exacerbated when the client cannot communicate in English depriving them and their families of mainstream provision and services often leading to a life of poverty, unemployment and dependency on benefits.

Our support includes one to one, information, guidance, advocacy, referrals, signposting, connection to other women and networks and empowerment through workshops, activities, training, skills, volunteering, individual and group work.

Our services cater for linguistic and cultural needs and are often carried out in a variety of South Asian languages including Bengali, Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi.