CS 7

Servicing & empowering local communities


Case Study 7


Farhana was young divorced woman from the local community who was very depressed and anxious after going against her family to marry a young man of her choice only to be divorced within 3 months. She ended up back at her parents and truly believed that she had completely ruined her life, a fact her parents confirmed, and at the time, she was only 18 years of age.


Hibbert was called in initially to provide counselling and to work as an intermediary between the parents and the husband’s family, in order to retrieve Farhana’s possessions.


After successful negotiations, Hibbert managed to convince Farhana and her parents that some voluntary work at Hibbert would help her to get back on her feet. Farhana did this and then went on to undertake training at Hibbert, eventually securing a paid administrative role at the centre. She made lots of friends and very soon, no longer felt as stigmatised by her divorce within the community.


Hibbert strives to work within the community, taking into account the cultural issues and working within them instead of trying to fight against them, and it is because of this that Hibbert is able to reach groups that statutory / mainstream organisation are unable to do.


As a result of working with Hibbert, Farhana’s life was turned around and she was able to start again. She has gone from strength to strength and has since secured a permanent job with NHS Bolton, is happily married and now has a little girl.


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