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:
- Setting up a regular donation via a standing order
Please set up a standing order. Download our form here.
- 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, Play.com, 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 www.giveasyoulive.com 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 www.everyclick.com 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, teabags, tinned tomatoes, soup, beans, spinach, tuna, potatoes, dried pulses and spices, rice, cleaning products and 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 A is a single parent who had an extended stay in Pakistan, as she was required to look after her elderly parents. When she returned to UK she had become homeless as her tenancy had expired during her trip abroad. She found herself in a very difficult predicament as she could not get any benefits for a 3 month period. Fortunately, a women’s refuge gave her space to stay and she had food parcels through a food bank. However, she had no money for travel and for other little expenses for her and her children. Roshni’s hardship Fund gave her a weekly amount of money over the three month period until she was able to access her benefits.
Mrs B had suffered domestic violence from her husband and parents in law over a long period of time. Finally, she was beaten up and thrown out of her house with no money and no belongings. With Roshni’s help she was re-housed into a refuge, but she had no money for her travel to the refuge, which was in another city, or to support herself until her benefits came through, which usually takes 2 to 3 weeks. Roshni provided a donation from the Hardship fund to cover the cost of her travel to the refuge and to provide her with food and essentials for 2 weeks.
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.