A SINGLE mum, who helps keep the wheels running at a centre for women, some from war-torn countries, has been nominated for a Pride in Our People Awards by its founder.
Nousha Pakpour founded the Lady's Creative Centre in 1990 to support women of all ages and backgrounds across the globe to share their creative skills or discover hidden talents and boost their confidence.
The centre, currently based in Haven Green, Ealing has a band of volunteers who help with a variety of projects including creative writing and art classes, children's activity workshops, social gatherings and outings, fund-raising events and exhibitions.
Nousha nominated Fiona James, 40, from Hanwell, who has helped at the centre for seven years. She said: "Fiona is great, so helpful and reliable as well as being so kind. She has helped with all sorts of things, from exhibitions and meetings to coffee mornings and admin. I couldn't do without her."
"Our purpose is to bring together women of different cultural backgrounds, races and cultures in order to share in each others unique skills and talents in the creation of things.We are here to help you, help yourself to help others and to help us."
Fiona, from Hanwell, who has a 13-year-old daughter, said she started helping at the centre after failing to find work. She said: "I tried to get a job and someone referred me to the Ealing Community and Voluntary Service who told me about Nousha. The mix of work here is fantastic; one minute admin, the next something artistic. There are lots of women from different backgrounds, some from war-torn countries who talk about their lives, so it's important to be a good listener. It's so nice to see the bonds that are between them.
"I think the centre stops them feeling too isolated and I am just glad I can help."