An evaluation of the Support Our Sisters programme : introduced across Greater Manchester

McAndrew, SL ORCID: and Ayodeji, E ORCID: 2019, An evaluation of the Support Our Sisters programme : introduced across Greater Manchester , Project Report, University of Salford.

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This report presents an evaluation of a number of projects that have been developed under the auspices of the ‘Support Our Sisters’ (SOS) programme, initially funded in 2012 by the Henry Smith Charity and hosted by New Steps for African Communities (NESTAC), a third sector organisation based in Rochdale, Greater Manchester. While the initial SOS project was funded by the Henry Smith Charity, subsequent funding was secured from Comic Relief, Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and Manchester City Council to continue and expand the initial work. This work continues to date. The evaluation has been carried out by two researchers at the University of Salford; Professor Sue McAndrew and Dr Eunice Ayodeji.
The evaluation takes account of six projects; (1) The SOS Clinic (adult service); (2) The Guardian Project (a service aimed at children and young girls); (3) Peer Mentoring Project; (4) Youth Peer Mentoring Project; (5) FGM Education; (6) FGM Community Engagement Initiatives; a Health Advocacy Project. The evaluation provides statistical information and qualitative data regarding the experiences of a number of people involved in the projects: women who have received counselling for FGM and its implications; female peer support workers (peer mentors), male peer support workers (peer mentors) and those staff who have been managing the various projects.
This evaluative report is divided into eight sections; section 1 offers the reader an overview of FGM; section 2 gives a brief outline of how the evaluation was conducted; section 3 reports on the statistical evidence emerging from the six projects; section 4 presents vignettes of four of the women who, through the project, have received counselling; section 5 focuses on the experiences of two male peer mentors; section 6 reports the experiences of a groups of female peer mentors, and section 7 offers the lived experience of staff managing the projects. The final section, 8, offers a summary of the strengths of the projects, makes recommendations based on the evidence presented and considers what the future holds in terms of building on what has already been achieved.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Publisher: University of Salford
ISBN: 97819123373616
Depositing User: USIR Admin
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2019 15:00
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 03:22

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