To maintain and support the mental well-being of black and minority ethnic women, Saheliya offers a range of services for both prevention and support. These services include:


Provided by trained,  BACP registered counsellors in English and a variety of Minority Ethnic languages.


Volunteer Befrienders provide social support to women who are experiencing isolation. Volunteers are from minority ethnic communities, and provide befriending in English and a variety of minority languages.

Complementary Therapy

Weekly appointments for massage, reflexology and aromatherapy are available, in the office and at two other locations in Edinburgh.

Support Work

Our casework team provide support and assistance with issues that can contribute to poor mental health: Housing concerns, Finances, Immigration, Health Care, Abuse, Hate Crimes. We do not solve these issues for you but we do support and empower you to take the necessary steps you require. We work with partner organisations to advocate for your rights.

Learning Centre

Education and training is vital in developing independence and building confidence. Saheliya Learning Centre provides training and courses to build skills and achieve qualifications. Courses include, ESOL, Child Care, Parenting, and Assertiveness etc. Some classes are accredited.

Consultancy and Training (external)

Saheliya staff also provide training and consultancy for other organisations on issues relating to minority ethnic women’s lives, race and culture, equal opportunities and a variety of issues which support organisations to improve their service delivery for minority ethnic communities.

Members of our staff team speak Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Dutch, French, Gujarati, Greek, Hindi, Japanese, Malay, Mandarin, Punjabi, Swahili, Thai, Twi and Urdu.