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The Roshni Hardship Fund was set up in 2011, to meet the needs of destitute South Asian women and children living in Sheffield.

Can you help us to help South Asian women who are in poverty, and who need essential items such as food and clothes? We are in contact with many women who through no fault of their own have no money to buy vital things for themselves and their children. You can help us by giving us dried food, flour, new clothes and shoes.

We also need money to give to South Asian women who have few or no resources, and are unable to buy clothing for themselves or their children, or catch a bus to attend appointments. There are lots of ways of helping Roshni raise money, either through a direct donation, or by signing up to the internet sites below which will donate to us on your behalf.

You can support women by:

Making a one off donation
Please give us a one-off donation through PayPal.

Setting up a regular donation via a standing order
Please set up a standing order.

Registering with Give as You Live
Do you, your friends and family shop online?
Please support Roshni every time you shop online at no extra cost to you. With Give as you Live, thousands of brands including Amazon,, John Lewis and Expedia have signed up to donate a percentage of every purchase you make online to us. The average shopper will raise £2.10 per month through what they already buy online.

Simply visit:
and discover Give as you Live today.

Using Everyclick instead of Google
Do you use the Internet for finding out information?
Please raise money for Roshni by using
and signing up to donate 1p every time you search online.

Donating non perishable food
Buy an extra tin or bag of flour next time you’re out shopping. We need: Long life milk, flour, chapatti flour, sugar, tea-bags, tinned tomatoes, soup, beans, spinach, tuna, potatoes, dried pulses and spices, rice, cleaning products, toiletries.

Donating new clothes and new shoes
Children are always growing out of clothes and shoes, but we all know how expensive it can be to buy new items. Please consider buying an extra set of clothing and donating it to a family who have almost nothing.

Here are some examples of the women we have supported:

Mrs X who is of South Asian origin fled from a violent husband in Europe and came with her young children to Sheffield where she had a friend. As a European national she could only access work related benefits. Whilst she looked for work, her friend provided her with temporary accommodation at her home, but this lady had no money to meet her and her children’s basic needs. Through our hardship fund Roshni provided food items, clothes and money for expenses, until the she found work. Mrs X was also provided with advocacy support to find suitable rented accommodation and tax credits after she secured employment.

Mrs Y
is a Sheffield resident who came to UK as a spouse. She suffered from domestic violence and eventually her husband took her to Pakistan and abandoned her there, taking away her passport and jewellery, and returned to UK with the children. Mrs Y was pregnant and gave birth to a child in Pakistan. She made contact with Roshni to seek help. Roshni has helped her to access specialist legal support in UK, with links to a barrister in Pakistan. Mrs Y had to pay £400 to apply for a UK visa and had no means to find this money. At Roshni we raised this money through personal donations from staff and Roshni users. Once her visa comes through we will need further funds towards Mrs Y’s flight costs and her initial living expenses in the UK.

Mr and Mrs Z
came to UK on Mr Z’s work permit. However, during their stay in Sheffield, Mr Z was diagnosed with a serious illness and could not continue to work. The family, which included children, was barred from receiving benefits due to their visa status. We provided regular food parcels and money for basic expenses, and referred them for immigration advice. Mr Z was able to change his visa status and eventually could access benefits.

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