The National Lottery-funded women’s community group, Trinjan, is helping older women from the South Asian community to stay connected through the coronavirus crisis. The group are staying connected by holding weekly online sessions, where they sing, share recipes, and play Indian parlour games. Mohinder, aged 69, started Trinjan in 2004 in order to combat loneliness among older women, particularly those from the South Asian community. After overcoming cancer in 2003, Mohinder sought to create a space for women to socialise and to lessen the stigma surrounding mental health within the community.
The group was awarded a £1,000 grant earlier this year from The National Lottery Community Fund to hold a series of bhangra classes for older women, to tackle social isolation and encourage mental and physical well-being across the South Asian community, as well as the wider Hounslow community. Now the physical events have been cancelled due to the lockdown, Mohinder and the group are keen to keep running weekly online sessions, for ensure that those socially isolated members can stay in touch throughout this time.
Mohinder Dosanjh, Founder of Trinjan, says:
“We’re trying our best to stay connected as might not be able to do bhangra together, but we can still do creative activities to encourage everyone to keep on speaking and take time out of their days for themselves. Singing is a great way to raise everyone’s spirits, and it’s important to look after our mental and physical health, especially at a time like this.”