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Roshni which means ‘light’ is a not-for-profit charity.

It was set up in 1992 to address the needs and aspirations of Asian women living and working in Sheffield. Asian women are regularly cited in research as a minority group experiencing multiple barriers and disadvantage. The women are often experiencing isolation because of cultural re-adjustment, racial prejudice and urban deprivation. They are also disadvantaged by low self-esteem, lack of self-confidence, a lack of information about the workings of the society and by a lack of knowledge of social agencies and how best to use them.

Roshni centre aims to create a dedicated facility in Sheffield for the delivery of new and innovative services, which compliment existing provision and improve access to mainstream services. The principle objective being to empower Asian women to identify their own needs, create their own solutions and make their own choices so that they have lasting improvements to the quality of their life, and take up social and economic opportunities available to them. The centre’s role is that of a facilitator, a bridge for women to access opportunities around them.