Maa Shanti

Empowering Single Asian Mums

Maa Shanti supports South Asian mothers who are affected by domestic abuse.

Our aims are to reduce isolation, increase confidence, knowledge and skills and improve access to support, employment, and education.

We provide advocacy, emotional support, signposting and activities in person, online and in a blended format.

We provide services remotely and in-person. Our activities include yoga, arts & crafts, support groups, vocab group, mindfulness, cooking club and social events. We now also provide blended yoga and arts and crafts where you can join remotely or in-person. We are also providing group support via WhatsApp.

We are available Monday-Friday 9am – 3pm for referrals, support and information. If your query is urgent please call either of the numbers below. 

Please call 07340 990119 or 07904 034 278 or complete the referral form below:

Maa Shanti Referral Form

You can also email us:

info@maashanti.org  

For general updates and useful information follow us on Twitter:

www.Twitter.com/MaaShanti1

If you would like to donate to help us to continue to support our clients please visit:

https://localgiving.org/charity/maashanti/

We were founded as a grassroots project in Islington in 1998 by three South Asian women who identified a need for culturally informed support and guidance for single mums in the community. They started by hiring a room in a community centre for a group to meet and soon found that most women were on their own after fleeing domestic abuse. Originally known as Asian Women Lone Parents Association, by 2018 women wanted a name change. They decided on “Maa Shanti” which is Hindi for “Mother Peace”. “Maa” is a universal word for “mother” and “shanti” means “peace”. This is how women feel when they visit our services. We have cultivated this approach of involvement and collaboration throughout our journey with mums.

We offer a range of services, including an initial assessment, ongoing one-to-one support and action planning around safety concerns, housing and finance. We provide advocacy to empower women to better understand how they can access support from key agencies such as Housing, Job Centres, Child Maintenance Agency and Local Councils. In addition, we run a programme of workshops and events which increase knowledge on how to stay safe, improve access to relevant support, focus on mental well-being and increase participation in the local community to reduce isolation.