A new non-for-profit support group called Qatar Expat Women’s Support Group has been established to assist newly arriving expatriate women to have a positive and fulfilling transition from their homeland to Qatar.
Led by professional female expatriates, the group was established in September 2014 by British nurse, Carole Astin. She said:
I moved to Doha just over 12 months ago and found the transition extremely difficult. I become isolated and withdrawn. I finally met a lovely lady from the British embassy who without hesitation threw me a lifeline and helped me with the transition. She was amazing. When I finally came to terms with my move, I decided to set up a support group for helping women with the transition of moving from their homeland and the anxieties that go with it. This group is for all nationalities. We now have a drop in centre at Garveys European club and a buddy system in place with some fantastic volunteers.’
Every Monday, from 10 am to 1 pm, the community group holds an ‘Opening Day Qatar Expat Women’s Positive Support Group’ at the European Club-Garvey’s to provide women with support they need it. The informal drop in center is about ‘promoting Qatar and helping women with the transition from their homeland to Qatar. There will be no speaker or any kind of presentation just the volunteers for you to speak to about your plans for Qatar Expat Positive Support Group.’ Although the weekly event is open to the public and free, it only caters for 100 people every week and a ladies only event. It’s not a networking event neither is it for women with accommodation, financial or relationship issues. It is purely to help women transition from their homeland to Qatar with help and advice and as well as help you avoid or deal with isolation.
The first ‘Opening Day Qatar Expat Women’s Positive Support Group’ took place on Monday 10 November 2014, attracting over 80 women in attendance. The Qatar Expat Women’s Support Group has attracted over 20 members and over 450 likes on its Facbeook page.
The group also includes a Buddy Coordinator who provides new arrivals with a ‘buddy’ to chat with and help them adjust to the new move to Qatar.