Shropshire and Telford United Womens Association (STUWA) is a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural group led by, and for, women. Founded in 2006, it encourages and empowers women by providing health, education and spiritual awareness. It holds community events and has bold plans for social inclusion,especially for marginalised groups, the elderly and the needy. STUWVA works closely with SIF to provide services to the local community.
STUWA has helped in fundraising and raising awareness in community cohesion. It has successfully established various sustainable projects and activities; such as Kids Club, Youth Circle, Coffee Mornings, Swimming and Tai-Chi at the Telford Central Mosque in King Street. Stuwa’s ambitions are currently restricted due to lack of suitable facilities, especially for those with mobility needs but once the bungalow renovations are complete and the building is ready for use, a full range of activities virtually 7 days a week, will be provided.
STUWA kicked started the project to renovate the derelict bungalow building at the back of the Mosque by securing a small grant and goods in kind pledge from local organisations such Wicks and Veolia, to create a Community Hub for all. Working with Volunteer It Yourself (VIY), a team of young people helped to demolish parts of the dilapidated internals of the bungalow. SIF took over the refurbishment once that funding was used up and funded much of the renovation to near completion. To date STUWA has contributed over £10,000 towards the renovation and continues to fundraise, for example by holding coffee mornings, and apply for community grants.
The work remaining is heating, hot water, flooring, toilets and kitchen. It is hoped, dependent on funds of course, the Bungalow will be usable by the end of 2020.
We welcome expressions of interests from all sections of the community wishing to utilise this facility.