We have been running various courses and training for parents to support their children, understand and manage behaviour and control situations within families because culture, situations and environments can sometimes impact parenting styles.

We work together with parents through various parenting sessions to help parents understand these issues, their children and improve engagement of the parents within their children's lives. Over 60 parents and extended families have attended our various parenting programmes, 9 of which are fathers. All programmes are tailor-made to fit purpose and individual situations.

The programme was delivered in partnership with various organisations, Shantona's staff members, Technorth, The Bangladeshi Centre, Parenting unit and others.


The following are some of our parenting sessions:

  • Family care trust 5-13 years
  • Family care trust 0-6 years
  • Positive parenting
  • Strengthening families
  • Shantona Family Fusion Parenting Programmes


Other courses include:

  • Conversation Class- Help improve your English listening, writing and speaking skills
  • Basic Computing
  • Aromatheraphy- 6 week enable services users how to care for skin the natural way.


If you would like free help and advice about the sessions then please contact us on 0113 249 7120.


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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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