Young People and Childrens Services 


Shantona provides services to young people from BAME backgrounds to have a better start in life and enable them to reach their full potential. Our support is culturally sensitive and uses a child-centered approach. We provide activities for children and young people that are fun, rewarding and educational, and that help to raise their aspirations, improve attainment levels and develop their social skills to contribute and integrate into society.

We run various sessions for young people to help break down barriers and address some of the diffculties young women face, such as community cohesion or sterotypes and discrimination sessions. We are currently working on a range of young people's services that collaboratively aim to:


  • Create a supportive environment for children and young people’s provision
  • Improve confidence and build resilience
  • Ensure that children and young people do not fall between the gaps in service provision
  • Provide 1:1 support
  • Encourage maximum service user participation in the provision and development of services
  • Reach out to children and young people and signpost them to appropriate services
  • Increase the participation of social and personal development opportunities for young people to reduce isolation
  • Raise awareness and engaging young people in developing capabilities in leadership which allow young people to play a  stronger role within their community to bring change
  • Increase the knowledge and understanding of the diversity of people and cultures within the local community.
  • Promote healthy relationships



Without Fear (CSE Support Service)

Working to improve young people’s understanding of CSE, ensuring they feel safe.


Youth Club

Providing a safe, nurturing environment for young people to socialise together.


Domestic Violence

Increasing the understanding of healthy relationships, encouraging young people to become ambassadors to break the cycle of generational abuse and to challenge negative cultural norms. 

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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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