Misgav began in 2006 with two ambitious teens voluntarily running a weekly session of storytelling, singing and dancing for four women with disabilities. It was clear that while the opportunities for children with special needs were vast, those for women over the age of 18 were non-existent. And so began our mission.
Our mission to provide a haven for women who need it most, where we offer opportunities for growth, for integration and simply - for acceptance.
The young founders collected donations from local people, and nearby organisations assisted by providing their premises and support free of charge.
Demand grew, and so did we. In 2006, we established a registered charity and started applying for grants. Our first grant was for £1,000, and this tremendously helped to fund three new activities: swimming, aerobics and cookery. We then received another grant – this time for £7,000 – and this is what gave Misgav (and our ladies) a future.
We grew big, and we grew fast.
We have since flourished in every way. Our numbers of users, sessions and volunteers have increased dramatically: today we are proud and privileged to have tens of regular users, run 11 weekly sessions, and involve over 80 volunteers. We have also broadened our offer to include residential programmes twice a year (with nationwide participants), an employment program, and advocacy services for families.