Shoman Adhikhar

Shoman Adhikhar delivers customised training and employment support to vulnerable and isolated BAME women in East Leeds. This valuable section of the community often face barriers to engage in economic activities. This project will support local women to realise and value their potential as well as progress into training and employment pathways.

What support can we give you?

There are a number or ways we can supoprt local women as part of the Shoman Adhikhar project, all of which will be tailored to suit your needs and the barriers you face. This can include:

  • Creating opportunities and support women in gaining training and employment
  • Understanding the job market and how to apply for jobs
  • Employment Drop-Ins
  • Matching skills and experience to job description or self employment options
  • one-to-one support and access to a computer and wifi
  • Help to improve confidence in speaking, reading and writing English
  • Practical help to improve CV writing, job application forms and mock interviews
  • Workshops looking at self-employment requirements, e.g Health and Safety; Bookkeeping, Finance; registering a business (tailored to requirement)
  • Build on exisiting skills
  • Build resilence and confidence
  • Boost independence


How to register

Initial registration can be through telephone or referral. Arrangements will be make for one-to-one customised support to suit individual requirements, taking into consideration current social distancing policies. If you would like a further discussion or would like to make a referral, please do not hesitate to contact or call 0113 249 7120.

In addition, if there are any employers who would like to support this project by offering to deliver a talk to the group or host a group visit in the future, pleas get in touch with Jaan. These activities will help boost the knowledge and confidence of project participants.





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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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