Shama Women’s Centre was set up by a group of women in Highfields in Leicester in 1985 to empower local women, many who were from different ethnic backgrounds to become more active socially, educationally and financially through a range of activities in a women’s only environment.
It has an elected Management Committee representative of its women users and a dedicated team of staff
Many of the women that use the Centre face the risk of becoming isolated, due to low incomes, cultural and languages barriers. However over 27 years the Centre has become a ‘hub for thousands women’ in Highfields and across Leicester. Its friendly multi-lingual staff, onsite childcare have encouraged women to participate in the range of educational, social and well being programmes it offers, including an exclusive women only sauna and gym.
The Centre has helped thousands of women improve their confidence, gain qualifications, provide volunteering opportunities and find employment; working with a network of local groups to ensure that the needs of the individuals are met.