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Margaret Hodge MP opens new women’s cafe in Barking

PUBLISHED: 16:27 31 March 2017 | UPDATED: 16:56 31 March 2017

A women's wellness cafe has launched in Barking. Margaret Hodge MP with volunteer Fatma Salum.

A women's wellness cafe has launched in Barking. Margaret Hodge MP with volunteer Fatma Salum.

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The MP for Barking praised a “great” new women’s cafe at a packed launch this afternoon.

From left, BDWSA managing director Zahra Ibrahim, Margaret Hodge MP, volunteer Fatma Salum and Mariem Abdul.From left, BDWSA managing director Zahra Ibrahim, Margaret Hodge MP, volunteer Fatma Salum and Mariem Abdul.

More than 50 women gathered at the Excel Women’s Centre in London Road, Barking, to launch a new project focused on women’s health.

Margaret Hodge, who represents the Barking constituency, said: “It’s taken a long time to get this point where we have got British Lottery funding but we have now got somewhere for women in the heart of Barking.

“I think this [cafe] opening here is great. I’m going to be knocking on the door, coming in for a cup of tea.”

Led by the Barking & Dagenham Somali Women’s Association, the women’s wellness cafe will focus on promoting health and tackling isolation among women in the borough.

Managing director Zahra Ibrahim said: “The main focus is to protect health and harmony in the community. Only when we are socially connected can we make a difference.”

After Ms Hodge cut the enormous cake for the cafe opening, guests enjoyed activities including henna, health-checks, jewellery-making and cuisine from around the world.

“I’m really happy with how today went,” added Zahra. “So many people were here, more than I even anticipated.”


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