What makes us different?

Shantonas diverse team reaches out to isolated women, building trusting relationships and empowering women and families to be confident, independent and resilient, and to tackle inequality. Our team has led programmes to improve community cohesion, one such example of this is the “Strong mother, stronger daughters” project.

At Shantona we challenge inequality, discrimination and cultural bad practices, addressing taboo issues, such as DV and CSE through our services. As a result, women have developed leadership skills, their own voice and have become empowered to influence and make changes. This has been achieved by communicating culturally sensitive and strong messages out to the wider community concerning issues which would otherwise remain hidden and go unreported. As a result of our integrated efforts, women are now sharing their experiences around DV and CSE publicly, influencing faith groups including mosques.


Engaging Communities

Working at the heart of the community to engage those most at risk and develop bespoke support services to improve the lives of those most in need.

Giving the Community a Voice

Acting as an advocate for a community where otherwise voices may not be heard, ensuring that we listen and respond accordingly.


Raising awareness with communities, educating and acting as an influencer making positive changes locally and nationally.

Sustainable Growth

Enabling a sustainable future for the charity and the support services available, ensuring we remain open to new opportunities by planning ahead and continuing at the forefront of our field.

Nurturing Talent

Develop programmes to nurture talent and enhance the team at the centre with a focus around a learning culture to ensure the stakeholders at Shantona are continuously reaching their full potential. 


If you would like to talk to Shantona about what we do and the services we provide then please click here to contact us or call 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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