"Thank you so much for today. It was really fantastic. One of the best trainings I have been to- so thoughtful and informative. The depth and knoweldge of Shantona as an organisation shone through."- Attendee from Tender (Faith, Islam and DV workshop)


We know that creating the best outcomes for BAMER families starts with understanding communities. With over 21 years of experience in Leeds, Shantona has developed a unique way of working that puts families and culture at the centre of practice. We want to share this with professionals to equip you to do your best work.

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. See below for the types of sessions we can offer.We are able to deliver a wide range of sessions all rooted in the specialist way Shantona works with BAMER families. Our sessions take a workshop style with interactive elements

Specialist topic sessions:
Culturally informed best practice working with south asian families and

  • Domestic Violence
  • Mental Health
  • Child Sexual Exploitation
  • Forced Marriage and Learning Disabilities
  • Islamophobia


"I feel more confident about approaching issues of faith with callers, thanks to Shantona's guidance around how to gently explpre those issues while vaildating people's experiences. The session has given me a stronger awareness of the distinguishable dynamics that affect South Asian victims of DV and I will keep this in mind when speaking  to callers." - Attendee from Samaritans (Domestic violence workshop)


Physical Health and wellbeing
Multicultural food tool resource and accompanying training

Youth sessions
We can offer sessions for young people on a range of topics with our same, culturally informed, approach. There are a range of sessions we can deliver from gender stenotypes, domestic violence and healthy relationships. If you choose a Shantona School Partner package, we can offer a discounted rate for an additional staff session by picking from any of our professionals training.

Tailored training
We can help boost your team’s knowledge and confidence in a bespoke session designed around your organisation’s needs. We will work with you to craft learning objectives to suit your team and can run one-off workshops to a series of multiple trainings based on any of our specialisms at Shantona.

Get in touch
If you’d like to book a session for your team or enquire for any bespoke sessions please contact sonia@shantona.co.uk. We are open to multi-agency bookings. We charge a discounted price for charities and schools.



"Thank you for an informative and thoughtful session. I felt Shantona set the tone very well to make it ok to explore these issues and to be reassured that its ok not to know. I enjoyed the style of the session, the discussions in the break out rooms as it helped guide in participants without it being too challenging. I don't think I'd change anything about the session." - Attendee from Safer Leeds (Islamophobia Awareness workshop)

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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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