Supporting women in Haringey year-round
March is Women’s History Month. This year we've had a stark reminder of the amount of work that needs to be done before women are able to feel safe, even when doing something as trivial as walking home. Crop Drop is a woman owned and led business and most of our staff and volunteers are women, so this is obviously a subject close to our hearts. As Women’s History Month draws to a close, we invite you to keep supporting women in London and further afield. The borough of Haringey has a wealth of women’s groups and support organisations, non-profits working to keep women safe, and a wonderful choice of small, independent women owned or led businesses. There's never been a better time to show your support to this wonderful people and organisations.
Haringey Women’s groups
Getting together, sharing activities and supporting other women is a wonderful way to spend your time, which we’ve all been sorely missing this past year. Haringey has several women’s groups dedicated to doing just that.
Covid has obviously changed the way these groups operate, with some continuing to hold meetings online and others taking a hiatus until things go back to normal. With lockdown measures slowly easing off, it’s worth visiting these websites, following social media and signing up to mailing lists so you can join the activities as soon as there are some.
Women in Tottenham has been a bit dormant recently but will hopefully return once lockdown eases. Definitely worth watching for useful networking opportunities with other local women and fun, free events.
The Stroud Green Women’s Institute is for women in or around the Stroud Green area, which covers both Islington and Haringey. They meet monthly (virtually at the moment) for talks and activities related to crafting, cooking and local knowledge. They also fundraise for a local school and local charities. There is a small annual membership fee.
The Alexandra Women’s Institute offers opportunities for socialising and learning new skills for women in Crouch End and Muswell Hill. Hold monthly meetings (currently virtual) and in the Before Times also organised outings and ran a monthly knitting group. Also support local charities.
4U2 Magazine organises free monthly crafting events called “Sewn Together”, currently running online. They are specifically designed for women facing isolation and loneliness in Haringey. You can find out how to join on their Eventbrite page, where you can also find other interesting online events for local women entrepreneurs.
Women’s support organisations operating in Haringey
The Haringey Thinking Space is an NHS-run service that offers women specific mental health and wellbeing group meetings twice a month. Normally meetings are in Tottenham, but currently on Zoom because of covid.
PramDepot is a recycling project based in Wood Green that collects second-hand baby clothes and equipment and gives emergency baby boxes to vulnerable mothers. You can donate outgrown baby stuff to them and they’re also looking for volunteers.
Haringey Online has a handy list of more local and national support organisations for women, including many that tackle domestic violence and violence against women and girls.
Women owned or led businesses in Haringey
This year has been particularly difficult for small business owners, so there’s never been a better time to support your local women owned or led businesses. Shout outs to all the hardworking ladies making Haringey cool. Here are a few we know.
Rachel @ Craving coffee – Lovely coffee and food, currently takeaway only, but we’re looking forward to sitting outside again soon, and future indoor events. They’re moving to a new address on April 1st – across the road from their current location.
Tami @ Harmless – Our go-to zero waste shop and excellent for vegans.
Geanina @ Prestige Patisserie – Tottenham’s most famous cakes.
Jules @ The Fridge of Plenty in Crouch End - fellow member of Better Food Traders.
Sarah @ The Micro Cheesemonger - delivering amazing British cheese to some parts of Haringey, including Alexandra Park, Highgate, Bounds Green and Crouch End, as well as the monthly Tottenham Green Market.
At the market, you can also find Hannanas Microgreens, a woman owned local microgreen business that
Helen & Florence @ Gifted Local – your source of local gifts by artists and makers.
Theresa @ Soleshare – Sustainable seafood delivery