Services for Older People

“Working with older South Asian women to reduce isolation and vulnerability...”

Roshni’s BME Elders project works with older Asian women (50+) and is devoted to improving their quality of life through the provision of a cultural and language specific support service. The project has been running since 2008 when Roshni identified the need for this niche service, as older Asian women were reluctant to and failing to access and take up mainstream services.

The support offered is:

  • Increase in awareness on health and wellbeing issues
  • Access to group sessions and coffee mornings on a regular basis
  • Meet new people in safe and friendly environment
  • A range of social, recreational and therapeutic activities
  • Information and advice on benefits, personal safety and more
  • Advice on existing services for older people
  • Help to access services that you may need

More about us

Roshni’s BME Elders Project focuses on empowering 50yrs+ South Asian women in Sheffield by increasing their awareness on relevant issues and enabling access to mainstream services for help with issues around isolation, poverty, health & safety. These issues are often heightened due to cultural, linguistic and financial factors, which our project aims to address and overcome. Our group sessions have included information/awareness raising on mental health, dementia, oral health, healthy eating for diabetes, cancer awareness, benefits awareness and so on. These sessions have been run in partnership with agencies such as Ship Shape, St Lukes, Breast Cancer and Care, Cancer Support Centre, Stroke Association and The Sheffield CAB. These sessions were also an opportunity for our clients to go out and socialise, as well as receive one to one support from staff members on hand if they need it.


This model has a strong focus to:

  • Alleviate isolation
  • Increase self-esteem and confidence
  • Increase community participation
  • Improve physical health
  • Decrease depression and stress

This is a direct reflection on the findings from project monitoring data as well as research and analysis of social trends within the community.

About our clients

Our service users are women all over the age of 50. Many of these women are widows or women whose relationships with their children have broken down. Others are women who have lived in extended families and who are now living isolated from them and the community. They are often unable to manage their own affairs, lack self-esteem and confidence and suffer from multiple and complex health problems or are disabled. They are mainly socially excluded.

For further information, please contact one of our staff members at Roshni on 0114 250 8898


Anyone who is from a South Asian background, female and aged 50 years+ can be referred to the project.