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Children & young Persons Project


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The Roshni Children and Young Persons Services aim to promote the personal, educational and social development of young Asian females aged between 13-25.

Our objective is to:
Engage young Asian women and redress inequalities, value opinions and empower individuals to take action on issues affecting their lives including health, education, forced marriages, relationships, sexual health, family breakdown and lack of confidence and self-esteem.

To help young Asian women achieve their aspirations to the best of their ability whilst continuing to work and achieve the aims and outcomes set by the government guidelines contained in the ‘Every Child Matters’ framework which are to:

   - Be healthy
   - Be safe
   - Enjoy and achieve
   - Make a positive contribution
   - Achieve economic well-being

Our service
We provide one to one support to address any issues affecting the young women. This has included dealing with relationships, forced marriages, advice on health and social issues, finding employment, training and educational opportunities, and careers advice.

As part of our support we organise regular social and recreational activities, including trips and outings and celebrations of festivals.

Our service is delivered through a part-time worker who is bi-lingual in Urdu and Punjabi.

The youth forum
In addition to providing one to one support and group activities, in February 2012 we launched a Young South Asian Women’s Forum. The forum now has a strong membership base of 55 South Asian girls. Fifteen members of the forum are also steering group members and this year they carried out a peer consultation with 110 young Asian women across the city, to look at access to existing provision of social and recreational activities in the city and issues affecting young women living in Sheffield. The findings of this consultation have been fed into the new UMIX centre in Sharrow, to ensure that appropriate regard is taken of young Asian women’s needs in shaping youth activities.

Roshni play scheme
The Roshni Play Scheme delivers play activities during the school holidays for young girls aged 8-13. Many of these young girls are unable to access mainstream activities in other venues and by other organisations, due to financial restraints and cultural expectations. Roshni provides opportunities for them to participate in fun and educational opportunities in a safe and comfortable environment.

We plan for a number of activities in each holiday term, which normally consist of a mixture of arts and craft activities, baking, physical activities and trips to local parks and recreation centres.

In addition to play scheme activities, in response to demand, in 2012 we have also put on some beginners Urdu classes for girls. This course was run by two of our volunteers over the weekend and was attended by 10 girls, some of whom, after completing the 10 week course, are pursuing further studies in Urdu.

If you are a young South Asian female aged between 13 - 25 you can refer yourself by contacting Roshni. Parents, carers or others involved with the young person are also welcome to refer.

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