Regular Events

Coronavirus update from Shantona 

Due to recent circumstances with Coronavirus, Shantona has taken the decision to suspend all group activities to safeguard our service users and staff. It is our main priority that we keep the local community safe and healthy. 

Whilst our groups are no longer running, you can find information below that may be useful at this time, ranging from health advice to other services available. 

However, considering vulnerabilities of some of our service users, we will continue to be available through phone contact for support. Please contact Shantona’s landline on 0113 2497120 or your support worker directly.   

Please note nursery will remain open, until further notice. 

Your health and wellbeing 
It's important that we look after our wellbeing during this time, so here are some handy links below to help you do this: 

Domestic Violence and Child Sexual Exploitation 
Below are some numbers and guidance that can help if you are concerned about domestic violence or CSE, either for yourself or someone you know:  

Leeds Domestic Violence Helpline 24 hour helpline: 0113 246 0401 

Emergency Services 
If you have an emergency please call 999, or a non-emergency 111 


(Last updated: 18/03/20) 



Shantona activities Timetable Autumn-Winter

17 Sep, 2021 TO 31 Dec, 2021

Location: Shantona women's and Family centre

Shantona Activities timetable

  • '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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