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CARAS Adult Programmes

ADULT PROGRAMMES

The CARAS community offers a range of activities and groups for men and women with a refugee background living in South London. Whether people attend our advice sessions or social activities, individuals will be welcomed into a friendly environment where they can practice their English, learn new skills, and be supported with all of the challenges they face in their new lives here.

Each group plays an important role in building confidence, sharing experiences and advice, developing friendships and support networks, and creating a community.

Groups are dynamic, need responsiveness, and guide by those who attend.

Being a member of our groups has increased people’s confidence, helped them get support and access the services they need and has been the beginning of building strong and lasting friendships. Community members, staff, and volunteers are all able to spend time together as part of the CARAS community.

Our activities prioritise those who are most likely to have difficulty accessing services; we work extensively with newly arrived asylum seekers and women with a forced migration background.

WOMEN'S DRAMA SESSIONS

CARAS runs drama workshops for female-identifying persons of refugee background every Tuesday afternoon (excluding school holiday time), in partnership with Attic Theatre Company. Here women are able to make new friends and gain confidence and skills through drama and role-play.

Tuesday afternoons, online and face-to-face

WOMEN'S CREATIVE WRITING GROUP

Every Monday afternoon our women’s group meets online for our creative writing sessions, where women practice their written English and grammar whilst writing poetry, stories, and scripts. Our writing group is run by Rachael Black and is made up with women who speak and write English at all levels.

Monday afternoons, online

DAY TRIPS FOR WOMEN

We run termly day trips for women, where our women’s group explore London visiting cultural venues like theatres, stately homes, and museums.

Termly, face-to-face

WOMEN'S GARDENING GROUP

In partnership with Transition Town Tooting, CARAS runs a women’s gardening group on Mondays and Thursdays in the Tooting Community Garden. The gardening group provides a space for our women’s group to meet and relax whilst tending the garden and undertaking some urban farming.

Monday’s and Thursdays, face-to-face.

WOMEN'S YOGA GROUP

CARAS runs Yoga sessions for women each Friday morning on Zoom.

Fridays, face-to-face

MEN'S FOOTBALL GROUP

On Friday mornings our men’s group meets for a Football run in partnership with AFC Wimbledon Foundation.

Fridays, face-to-face

CARAS Adult Calendar

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