COVID-19 – SHAKTI RUNNING AS AN ‘ESSENTIAL SERVICE’
Shakti Community Council is a non-profit organisation serving migrant and refugee women of Asian, African and Middle Eastern origin. Shakti; meaning strength; works to have a world where women and children are empowered to live a life of dignity free from fear and violence and are able to exercise their rights, choices and responsibilities.
We endeavour to facilitate and ensure safety and overall well-being of all women, young women and children through strategic intervention measures aimed at eliminating all forms of oppression and gender-based violence.
Led by ethnic women for ethnic women, Shakti is dedicated to promoting and protecting human rights of both women and children and advocating social change.
The lockdown period and the resulting social isolation may potentially escalate risks to women and children who are already unsafe at home. It is important that Shakti’s services remain open; we have contingency plans for our refuges and crisisline. However, we will be taking safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to keep our clients safe. We will be following Ministry of Health policy and will keep up to date with any changes.
Our refuges and crisisline services will remain open for Asian, Middle Eastern and African women and children that need our services. They are welcome to contact us for support or information. If you know someone or are concerned about your neighbours, please call our crisisline.
Phone: 0800 Shakti (0800 742 584)
If your life is in immediate danger please call 111.
As a crisis prevention organisation, we cannot afford to close our doors to those who need our help. If you are able to, you can donate to support our services.
This can be a terrifying and stressful time, this means that Racism and Discrimination will also come into play. Don’t let the panic cloud your judgment and resort to blaming and violence. This is a time where we must unite in order to beat the virus.
It is important in these times to keep united and supported each other, especially the most vulnerable ones. In this perspective, Shakti has created a support group for migrant and refugee women to be able to connect, share their concerns, tips and reach for help if needed. You are more than welcome to join if you are seeking this kind of support or keen to offer your support to other women.
If you are experiencing coughing, fever and difficulty breathing, contact Healthline on 0800 358 5453.
Shakti provides culturally specialist, confidential support services to women and their children of Asian, African and Middle Eastern origins.
You can call us on 0800 SHAKTI (0800 742 584). We can be reached 24/7 through our 0800 crisis-line. Our women’s advocate will provide you with information in your region and options that will help you make a decision that will keep you and your children safe and enable you to make achievable action plans for your future.