Wonderfully Made Woman (WMW) based in Miles Platting provides invaluable support to women in the area to increase and improve their self-esteem and confidence.

WMW believes in empowering women and helping them through issues they’ve faced, such as domestic violence.

Most programmes the organisation does are for women who have been victims of domestic abuse. According to the organisation, many of these women have left their countries and miss their homes. Therefore, WMW wanted to do something to make them happy, help them to come out of isolation and make them smile. Most times dance helps women to find their balance, it reminds them of their femininity and gives them a chance to embrace their femininity.

WMW helps women to break barriers and takes them out of isolation through a huge variety of means from drop-in dance sessions to arts and crafts sessions. These sessions have been found to help individuals to lead a healthy and active life, just by putting a smile on their faces and helping them to meet new friends.

As well as health and fitness, the dance sessions offer strength to the women. Women have always played a significant role in dance history and in some parts of Africa, there is a fertility dance, where maidens come and dance to express or showcase their femininity. The group has had stories of women who have danced to celebrate the victory of kings and also to make demands of kings, which goes to show that dance is a powerful tool for the ‘Wonderfully Made Woman’.

One attendee said: “From my personal experience I have used dance as a means of reducing stress. Dance is therapeutic and it makes you feel good about yourself. Anytime I am unhappy I play music and before I know it, I am happy again”

See the women in action below:

Women feeling valued is the most important thing to WMW and the group’s sessions give local women something to look forward to and a place where they feel comfortable, confident and completely themselves. The huge variety of activities the group offers also provides women with invaluable skills, such as increasing confidence in the workplace or in interviews and creating new skills with their arts and crafts sessions. See tweets from the organisation below:

The group also works with established organisations such as the University of Manchester and Greater Manchester Police to raise awareness about domestic abuse and hate crime, as well as radio stations such as BBC Radio Manchester, Peace FM and North Manchester FM.

WMW’s most recent campaign is their ‘Speak Out’ campaign, which encourages women who have experienced any form of abuse to tell their story as the first step to take control of their lives and get help from the group.

As well as activities and fun sessions, the group understands the seriousness of what women who attend the group have been through and are aiming to offer professional counselling to them in the next 12 months.