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We've been working on something exciting...

07 Jan, 2020

Here at Shantona we have been working on something great. For over 21 years we’ve been running culturally sensitive services in and with the local community in Harehills and Gipton. We’ve been working on bringing our 2 decade-long experience into a set of trainings and resource tools to help practitioners do their best work for with families.

It’s at the heart of Shantona to work with communities, to work to understand each other and do great work based on trusting relationships. Therefore, our new specialist training and learning resources are based on our 3 core strands of work: domestic violence, child sexual exploitation and mental and physical health. We also facilitate training on broader diversity and inclusion topics as we know that doing your best work with families means working alongside communities.

We have developed a range of training based on our unique way of working with BAMER families. Each interactive session is aimed to boost your cultural competence, put your skills to real case studies and interrogate your own practice for your personal and professional development.

If you decide to come along to a Shantona sessions, you’ll be attending an interactive workshop which will allow you the space to think about how your practe, processes and work can be inclusive and create the best outcomes for all users.

We work with professionals to boost your cultural competence, challenge myths and strengthen practitioner’s knowledge and confidence to work effectively with South Asian communities and other communities of BAMER backgrounds.

Our next training ,‘Culturally Informed Best Practice: Working with South-Asian families and CSE’, is on the 28th Feb. You can book on here, and we look forward to sharing our learning with you.



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  • 'I came to the UK five years ago that time I wasn't able to speak any English. By attending Shantona women centres ESOL courses two years at the moment I am studying GCSE English with Thomas Danby College. Also, I'm involved in childcare volunteer with Shantona. I have done ESOL entry one and two, childcare level one, let's play together, story sacks numeracy which was provided by Shantona women centre. I would like to thank Shantona for helping me improve my confidence. Also, I will suggest people like me should come to Shantona and attend the activity they are providing and support them to go further.'

    Previous service user now a volunteer worker at Shantona's creche

  • 'I used to walk past Shantona all the time without knowing what they did, until one day I was referred through social care services. I received support and realised there were other women just like me and that I wasn’t alone and my bad relationship experiences were not normal. I joined in with DV awareness raising sessions and workshops, they made such a huge difference and helped me regain my confidence enough to start speaking out about my own experiences of DV during the '16 days of action' event.'

    Adult Service User

  • 'I have learned how to stay safe online and using social media. I have become more confident to talk about my problems with my support worker and my self-esteem is increasing'

    Young People's Service User

  • 'At first I accepted that forced marriage was part of the cultural norm, but now I realise that it is wrong'

    Young People's Service User

  • 'I have seen changes in the students, the students are considering the bigger picture more and other aspects of issues affecting them. When challenged about their views or behaviour I see a more reflective student as before. I see Shantona's role as an external agency that can provide targeted intervention for groups of our young people who require closer attention. School do not have the expertise and knowledge to provide such material at the level and intensity that Shantona can.'

    Sat Hundal Deputy for Behaviour & Safeguarding Allerton Grange School

  • 'I feel much happier and confident that I’m getting my life back on track. I have started to attend groups to help expand my knowledge and make new friends.'

    Adult Service User

  • 'When the girls started to come to the girl's group all they were interested in was turning 16 and being able to get married…now they realise how important their education is and are looking to the future and thinking about going to University and getting jobs. Through informal education, we have raised their aspirations'

    Youth Worker

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