Saheliya
Organisation:
Saheliya
Funding round:
2016
Region:
Scotland

Saheliya

Saheliya is an Edinburgh-based specialist mental health and wellbeing support organisation for black and minority ethnic (BME) women and girls aged 12-plus, in Scotland. Saheliya was set up in 1992 to provide a range of services to BME women suffering trauma and mental health issues caused by oppressive cultural practices, including forced marriage, physical and mental abuse, in-law abuse and female genital mutilation.

Saheliya in partnership with Cre8te will provide ethnic minority women, suffering from trauma and mental health issues caused by oppressive cultural practices, with a project to increase confidence, improve language skills, develop skills for work and how to progress into self-employment. 4 x 1-day group workshops to explore self-employment as a realistic career option focussing on practical barriers and then 1 to 1 support sessions to ascertain the feasibility of business ideas, develop a business plan and access start-up funding.

“I didn’t know anything about how you open up a business before starting the course but I really enjoyed finding out and want to do this in the future.”

Progress so far:

  • 19 people supported

  • 2 people into employment

  • 3 qualifications

  • 19 with increased confidence