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Our Story

“Aanchal” is the South Asian word for a covering for the head, as is worn by Asian women. The word commonly symbolises protection, comfort and safety, which are the same principles at the core of all our work.

Aanchal Women’s Aid was founded by Su Bhuhi when a woman needed support to safeguard her children from being taken to South Asia against her will. Su, a survivor herself, took a stand to help protect the women and her children from further harm. You can read more about Su’s story on the ‘Our Team’ Page.

We provide support and services to help people who face challenging life situations so that they can understand their rights and make informed choices.

Aanchal continues to grow from strength to strength. We never lose sight of the person that knocks on our door and their needs. We listen and we understand. We have helped over 40,000 women since 1984.

“We don’t even know how strong we are until we are forced to bring that hidden strength forward, that’s how much Aanchal has helped me.”

As a family and community support network, Aanchal provides a safe place where people find hope so they can believe and say ‘I matter’. 

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