Abput Charity Organisation

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Roshni which means “Light” is a Not-for-Profit Charity. The organisation was established in 1992. The strategic management and direction of the centre is overseen by a voluntary management committee, who are representatives from the local Asian Community. They day-to-day running of the organisation is undertaken by the staff team, who are made up of a mixture of Paid Staff and Volunteers. Roshni Centre is open to the public, from Monday - Friday, 9:30am to 4:00pm. Roshni Sheffield Asian Women’s Resource Centre is a city wide Resource Centre for South Asian Women in Sheffield. The aim of the centre is to advance the welfare and education of Asian Women in Sheffield. Roshni currently provide a range of activities and services including: * Advocacy Support

* Training & Learning opportunities
* Help for women seeking employment Support & Mentoring for young * support for carers of people with a mental illness
* support on issues of safety
* Security for older women
* Social and Recreational opportunities.
Roshni offer's educational opportunities , as well as training. The courses which they offer are:
* IT
* ESOL
* Pre GCSE English
* Confidence building
* Mental Health
* Personal Hygiene
* Health & Safety awareness
* Introduction to the local community
* External & Internal car parts
* Oral presentation
* Group work
* Developing decision making skills
* Job search & employability skills
Roshni welcome and encourage volunteers to participate at Roshni, and offer excellent training packages and benefits. Roshni Sheffield has always mainted a strong commitment to breaking down barriers for south Asian women: To assist and empower them to become independent. Roshni aims:

* Is to engage and support Women and facilitate their access to mainstream services and opportunities. * Is to actively encourage Asian Women to be self-reliant, through empowering them to identify their own needs, make their own choices and create their own solutions Roshni has developed good working relationships with the local Asian community, and the high take up for Roshni’s services is a testimony to this Roshni’s Engagement strategies are diverse and culturally specific. Roshni see themselves as a bridging service, as Roshni are providing a link between the local community and mainstream services Many of the women who access the centre are isolated and vulnerable women with very little disposable income. They often have little communication skills in English language; have confidence and self-esteem issues and often face multiple and complex barriers to engagement with mainstream services and opportunities. Roshni Sheffield also has good working relationships and partnerships with organisations across the city from both the public and voluntary sector. Roshni are part of a number of multi-agency initiatives and programmes to raise awareness of the needs of the Asian Community and work together to help meet that need. Roshni are always keen to take up new initiatives in collaboration with other organisations. Roshni Advocates speak Urdu, Punjabi, Hindi, Bengali and English. Projects runned in Roshni:

Advocacy & Outreach Service
The Roshni Advocacy and Outreach service provides a voice for marginalised and vulnerable women, by offering them practical and emotional support. Carers Support Service
Working & supporting women who are carers for family members, who suffer from a mental health illness. Carers assessment undertaken, training provided and access to monthly Carers group sessions. Safe & Secure Project

Support Service for Older Asian Women aged 50+. Roshni provide information on the issues of elder abuse, safety and security in the home and adult protection. Regular group activities are organised and One-to-One Support is provided. Youth & Mentoring Service

Roshni Supporting young women to overcome barriers to access...
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