About Us


Our Background

Shifa Network has been around since 2003. We initially began as a social / drop-in group for women who were living with long term mental health issues and had no where to turn for help. It wasn’t long until Shifa realised that its service users had more unmet needs and needed more than just drop-in support.

After carrying out an informal survey and consultation with those who attended, Shifa started offering life-long learning opportunities and courses such as ESOL. This helped women regain their confidence and self-esteem to better deal with the difficulties they were facing. We have since come a long way and now offer a range of services from peer support groups, educational short courses, creative and physical activities, one to one support, drop-in support and signposting advice. The continued significant demand for our services is testament to the real need for specialised support to meet the needs of these communities.

We are grateful to everyone that has supported our journey from our funders, partners and donors – we couldn’t have achieved all that we have without their support.


Aims and Purpose

Shifa Network’s purpose is to empower Asian women with mental and emotional health issues to integrate into mainstream society with improved self-confidence and raised self-esteem. It provides a safe and secure place where women can socialize and access support without feeling stigmatized. Shifa also supports local immigrant women suffering from domestic abuse, anxiety and depression.

Great Social Environment

Where women feel safe and can make friends with other women who live locally. Encouraging a safe and friendly environment.

Empower Women

Here to work on building the best version of yourself, giving you the tools you need to excel. Guiding women through living in a new society.

Built For Tranquility

We have worked hard to build a relaxing environment to allow women to feel safe. We achieve this through support and socialisation with understanding women.


Dedicated Team

Shifa is part of Catalyst Community Connections, who have been supporting people in Surrey with their wellbeing for over 30 years. Catalyst Support is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee. You can find out more by visiting www.catalystsupport.org.uk

Shifa, Asian Women's Wellbeing Project - Staff

Saima Salman

Community Development Manager

Shifa, Asian Women's Wellbeing Project - Staff

Khalda Kusar

Projects Lead


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