Founded in 2002 and registered as a charity in 2005, Blackburn based Humraaz is led by and for black and minoritized women, sustainably supporting and nurturing women from diverse ethnic backgrounds to have a voice. Women who have fled domestic abuse, honour-based violence have been supported to move from crisis to safety in our refuge. Our structured programmes provide the women a safe place to grow, allow integration into society with social and economic stability.

We work in partnership with local and national statutory organisations and have vast experience with the voluntary sector.

We are a culturally sensitive service and understand the intersecting and diverse needs. Part of this work includes addressing personal issues, concerns around family life, the community and also the environment in which the women live in.

We aim to empower service users by teaching life skills which enable them to become independent, take control of their lives and determine their own future. They are encouraged to participate in challenging and stimulating activities within a safe environment, the ultimate goal being to build self-esteem and confidence. This develops the ability to access services and make the most of opportunities to provide their own security and financial independence.

Our Community Services has gradually developed over the last 3 years. We believe that women are crucial in the community to teach their children and to bring about social change. We do this by educating and supporting the women of the borough through companionship, crafting, sharing of experiences, laughter and food.

Our ProDIGY (Professional Development In the Great You) group offers peer support for professional women from ethnic minorities. Through the group we share skills, network, offer support and have a monthly session on topics selected by the group. The sessions are run by the members. We welcome all professional women from ethnic minorities. If you are interested to join us or learn more, please email or complete this form: