uniting as one.
We envision a world where every woman can empower herself, her family and community to succeed.
To empower women to become more active, economically, educationally and socially, through a range of activities to develop their confidence, employability skills, health and wellbeing.
Shama Women’s Centre came into existence 35 years ago, when a group of local BAME women got together to provide culturally inclusive support and activities to local women. The project grew rapidly, and the unincorporated organisation received support from the Leicester City Council to provide an array of services to the increasingly diverse local community.
The support from Shama Women’s Centre included empowerment, camaraderie, peer support, training and upskilling, as well as information, advice and guidance.
In August 2000, the organisation successfully registered as an incorporated charity (Reg no.1087995). For the next several years, Shama Women’s Centre continued to work alongside the local voluntary sector as a niche provider of culturally conducive support services, gaining high recognition through various accreditations. We have been recognised nationally being ‘highly commended’ by Lloyds Bank Foundation for valuing our volunteers.
Khudeja Amer-Sharif, CEO, Shama.
Through social, educational and emotional support we have helped thousands of women to gain confidence, qualifications and into work. With our help, local BAME women, who might otherwise experience isolation due to cultural barriers, have become active and valued members of the community. We are extremely proud of the work we do and the women who have achieved so much with our assistance. Many have become volunteers and ambassadors for the Centre wanting ‘to give back to the community’.
We are the only women’s centre in the heart of Leicester, that provides a culturally conducive environment with multi-lingual staff and volunteers delivering a range of accreditations such as IT, ESOL, Mental Health Awareness, accredited level 2 business courses and more. We have a purpose built industrial textiles training centre, helping hundreds of women train and gain employment or start their own business. Our Information Advice and Guidance services support women to search, apply and prepare for jobs and gain employment including setting up their own businesses. In addition, we offer women opportunities to support each other through peer groups. Our on-site childcare means women with pre-school children can access support without spending a fortune on childcare. Our mental health and domestic abuse counselling services help break down cultural barriers and enable women to achieve independence and success.
Meet the team
My career has led me to work within diverse communities, aware of cultural dilemmas facing them. I provide counselling and deliver training to support individuals and organisations.
Previous experience includes working within trauma and mental health within charities. Creating an awareness, educating others and making a difference in society is my passion and a commitment.
I have a Diploma in Business Administration, NCFE Equality and Diversity, NCFE in
GDPR level 2.
I am passionate about working with women from all walks of life and being part of Shama’s vision for the future.
Domestic Abuse Worker
Working with partner agencies and other professionals in supporting and empowering women, children, families and victims of all types of abuse in the community