We are delighted to share that the Women’s Group at HAGA, who meet once a week, has already grown in numbers since it first started 6 months ago. The group aims to bring women together through a supportive network and helps empower them to make informed decisions about their alcohol use.
To celebrate International Women’s Day and Mother’s Day, HAGA engaged with service-users at the women’s group who came on board to share how attending the group has helped them through alcohol dependency. The diagram on the right shows what women felt they have got out of coming to group.
Service-users from the group also spoke about the challenges and setbacks they face, particularly as women.
One service-user said ‘’I was always fearful of losing my child to social services. A social worker may come and visit you at home and don’t know what you may be going through. Coming to the group has helped me to meet other parents who are going through the same thing and made me realise that stigma around women and alcohol still exists, so it’s not me, as much as it’s society’’
Another service-user said ‘’Despite being in the 21st Century, women still carry the stigma of being an ‘unladylike drunk’ and this may make it increasingly hard for them to access help. She added ”coming to the group and speaking to other women reassures me that it’s not just me who found it hard to access help”.
Here at HAGA, we know accessing an alcohol support service can be hard enough and we are proud that our Women’s Group at HAGA continues to thrive in providing support and guidance.