Maa Shanti

Empowering Single Asian Mums

Maa Shanti supports single Asian mothers who are fleeing domestic abuse. We provide advocacy, emotional support, signposting and activities that reduce isolation, promote peer support and enable women to access opportunities for themselves and their children.

In light of the government guidance released on 31st October, we have suspended in-person appointments and activities until further notice. We will continue to run services remotely. Our online activities include yoga, arts & crafts, support groups, vocab group, mindfulness, cooking club and social events. We are also providing group support via WhatsApp.

We are available Monday-Friday 9am – 3pm for referrals, support and information.

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 during the current crisis 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/

Established from a grass root self help group of lone Asian mothers in 1998, we became a Charity (charity no: 1105305) and a Company Limited by guarantee (no 5166706) in 2004. Formerly Asian Women Lone Parents Association, we changed our name to Maa Shanti in December 2018. We made the change in response to an idea from the mums who visit our services because they found the old name too long and difficult to say. Our members came up with the name Maa Shanti; “maa” meaning “mother” and “shanti” meaning “peace”. Women felt that this was a good name for how they feel when they come and see us.

We were founded to support women from the South Asian Community who are fleeing domestic violence. Women often come to us at a point when they have found themselves alone and afraid. They are worried about their own safety and the safety of their children but they are also trying to deal with the practical issues of the ongoing impact of domestic violence.

Women need support on multiple issues including; understanding their rights, accessing relevant benefits, child maintenance, employment, budgeting and safety planning. Women have often already experienced extreme isolation and, at the point of separation; stigmatisation and find themselves excluded by their communities. Many often go into hiding; this leaves them even more isolated, vulnerable and unable to access the services that would benefit them and their children.

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.

We provide weekly activities and drop-in sessions including coffee mornings, arts and crafts; ESOL, workshops, group and family trips to local services and within the local area and visits from local community partners. This year our workshop programme includes; legal remedies and your rights on domestic violence, stalking and harassment, good mental health, parenting and domestic violence and financial empowerment.

Domestic Violence can be:

Financial Abuse

Physical Abuse

Emotional Abuse

Psychological Abuse

Sexual Abuse

Social Isolation

Women may experience:

Isolation

Stigma

Low self-esteem

Mental Health problems

Trauma

Financial problems

Feelings of guilt or shame

Loss of support from family and friends

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