Anawim comes from the Aramaic word (ah-nah-weem) meaning the poorest, the outcast, the persecuted - those with no voice.

Anawim is a Women's Centre based in Birmingham that provides a holistic service to women across the city.

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Covid-19 response

During this time of crisis please note that Anawim is still operating, our main centre is closed and no group work or courses are taking place in person. Yet, all of our services are still running, just not in person - support to the women on our caseloads is taking place by phone and some limited courses are happening over platforms such as zoom.
Despite the main centre being closed, our drop in is open for women in crisis. Our drop-in workers can provide support with a range of needs such as finance, housing, domestic abuse and so on. They offer emotional and practical support for women. There is a shower facility and we are providing food parcels, clothing, toiletries and baby supplies. The drop in is running daily from 10am - 2pm, although this may change if lockdown becomes more stringent. Our caseworkers can also co-ordinate a food parcel to be delivered to a client’s home – adhering to social distancing guidelines.
Drop in and food parcel deliveries are open to every woman – not just our current clients.
We can take self-referrals from any woman at this time and she will receive support over the telephone, whether it is practical guidance around housing, finance or anything else, or whether it’s emotional support, we are able to offer advice and guidance.
As we are classed as an essential service, we must maintain our support to women, which at this time is increasing. Caseworkers can still advocate for the women with Police, court, other agencies, solicitors, Social workers and Probation while abiding by social distancing measures. Our residential unit remains open and is fully staffed.
We are taking referrals as usual at this unusual time.
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Robin Corbett Award

We are very proud to announce that Anawim has won the 2018 Robin Corbett Award for prisoner rehabilitation we received a Commendation for the in-reach and through the gate services we provide to women at HMP/YOI Foston Hall. This annual award for outstanding rehabilitative work with prisoners by a charity or community group, working in partnership with prison staff, was set up in the memory of Lord Corbett, the respected chairman of the Home Affairs Committee. For ten years, until his death in February 2012, Robin Corbett also chaired the All Party Parliamentary Penal Affairs Group, to which the Prison Reform Trust (PRT) provides the secretariat. The emphasis of the award is on work that fosters personal responsibility and which calls on people in prison, and ex-offenders, to take responsibility to help themselves and to help others. The awards, kindly supported by the Worshipful Company of Weavers and the Chrysalis Programme, were presented to the winners by Lady Corbett at a meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Penal Affairs Group in the Houses of Parliament in the evening on Tuesday 6 March. The meeting was addressed by the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice Rt Hon David Gauke MP.

Mental Health Report

Great news our long awaited report into our work with mental health is now available

Mental Health Report

Annual Review

Our 2017 Review is now available

Anawim 2017


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Kranti came to Anawim to perform their play; Laal Batti (Red Light) Express. Laal Batti Express is about the lives of the young women who are from the infamous Red Light district of Mumbai.

"The emphasis in developing our show has been to enable us to transcend our trauma and move towards collective healing."

You can support Kranti in their struggle in raising awareness of the issues that they and many others around the world face by making a donation on their facebook page; click on the photo below:

Gorilla Coffee Cafe

The Gorilla Cafe in Kings Heath held a street party with all proceeds going to Anawim. The weather held out for a lovely day. Anawim are the charity of the year for Gorilla Cafe, so if you want to have a cuppa at their cafe and support us, they can be found on Drayton Road, Kings Heath.

Awards Ceremony

Anawim held there annual awards ceremony on Tuesday 18th July, to highlight the achievements of their clients. As previous years, it was an emotional and inspiring event.
Read what Father Hudson's wrote:

  • Awards Ceremony

  • Volunteers

    Anawim have a good, reliable team of volunteers. To recognise the support that they offer, the staff voted for their volunteer of the year.

    Thank you to all our volunteers for their continued hard work.

    Michaela won the award; read what she had to say about the award ceremony in her blog:

  • Blog

  • Enda


    Enda has been with Anawim for 25 years. She heads up our Counselling Service and Night Outreach. Enda has helped so many women during the 25 years she has been with Anawim and deserves a special thank you.