Why racial and gender representation matters in charity boards

“At Saheliya there isn’t a minority voice. There are people like you- with similar experiences, around the table”

Thank you Charity So White for sharing our blog. See here the Chair of our Board, Shruti Jain discuss the importance of racial and gender representation on charity boards. From experience as the only BAME woman on Board, to leading an all BAME woman board here at Saheliya.

Women Supporting Women

Women Supporting Women
We really appreciate, value, and respect our wonderful staff and volunteers who continue to work over and above all expectations supporting women and young women. We are also inspired by the resilience of the women we support and the trust they have in us to advocate on their behalf.
Many of our staff are ex-service users, nearly all are from the communities we serve; we all have an understanding of how race, gender and culture affect the mental well-being of BAME women; many of us have lived experience of the problems our service users face. 

Read our Women Supporting Women’ blog here highlighting the work we have been doing throughout Covid period.

Is Lockdown raising risk to BAME women’s safety and wellbeing

“Is lockdown raising risk to BAME women’s safety and wellbeing in Scotland?”

Read an interview here with the Chair of our Board, Shruti Jain In STV News discussing how for black, minority ethnic, asylum seeker and refugee women, coronavirus has presented urgency to many challenges.

Voices: Saheliya

“Without trauma awareness alongside cultural knowledge and support in first languages, women cannot progress to wellbeing, active citizenship, or independence”

Read below Robertson Trust’s Voices blog about Saheliya’s work.
Blog: Voices-Saheliya

Parenting For Safety

Since 2019 we have been running a specialist, ‘Parenting for Safety’ project funded by Cattanach Charitable Trust.
This vital service supports families where children are experiencing behavioral problems as well mother and child bonding issues in cases of extreme trauma.

See here more information about our ‘Parenting for Safety’ service


In partnership with Children’s University Scotland we were able to provide Wonderboxes to 200 children in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
These activity boxes made such a difference, especially during these challenging times!

See here for further information and what Fatima, aged 9, did with her box.

Kiltwalk – Raise Money for Saheliya

There’s still time to join the virtual Kiltwalk and raise much needed funds for Saheliya. Go for a walk, a cycle, jump on a trampoline, or even a family scavenger hunt!

For more info see here https://thekiltwalk.co.uk
Everything you raise will be topped up by 50% thanks to Sir Tom Hunter and The Hunter Foundation.


Due to current government guidance on COVID-19, Saheliya has had to stop all its one-to-one appointments, classes and groups until further notice.

Our team is working from home where possible. You can contact us by email at: info@saheliya.co.uk.

Please follow us on social media for the latest news– search Saheliya on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

We know you may be feeling anxious or isolated in this time of uncertainty. We are still here to support you as much as we can so please stay in touch. We are also looking into options for our groups to meet virtually instead of in person. We will keep you posted by email and social media

Broughton Primary School visit

We had a great visit from Broughton Primary School children as part of our joint community Growing and Cooking project growing colourful crops in school playgrounds such as peas, sweetcorn and sunflowers.

Thank you so much for coming to visit us to learn what we do as well as for bringing some amazing basil with you! We look forward to growing plenty of tasty and colourful things over the coming months!

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