Peterborough community group reaches out to new members

Members of the Extended Hands group.Members of the Extended Hands group.
Members of the Extended Hands group. | jpimedia
Designed to help women feel less isolated, Extended Hands group runs sessions weekly at St Mary’s Church, New Road Peterborough.

Michelle Hewitt has been attending the group for three years since her arrival to Peterborough. Though at first she didn’t have any friends, the meetings have given her new-found confidence.

Michelle said: “When I first came I couldn’t talk without crying, over the weeks and months I really gained confidence. I was really grateful for my new friends. It’s completely changed my life, I now run the coffee mornings. From who I was then to who I am now, I couldn’t be more grateful.

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Donna Merilon helps to engage newer members within the group. At first Donna was in a ‘shell’ when she arrived but now helps to host events and meetings.

Donna said: “I was suicidal when I first came, but I started feeling better by mixing with different people, making friends and getting involved in the group. There are so many people out there who don’t have friends. We want to welcome people along and help get more people engaged.”

The group invite everyone interested in joining to come along to their International Women’s Day free event on March 7 at 1 New Road, Peterborough. From 12-4pm there will be a whole host of activities.

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