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We are open from 9am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

T: 01535 609927

E: info@roshnighar.org.uk

We change our programme every quarter.

Remember – we do not offer drop-in sessions, so if you are interested in attending our activities please make sure you have been referred to us by a health professional.

Roshni Ghar is a community development mental health organisation based in Keighley that works predominantly with women from South Asian backgrounds.

Roshni Ghar means “house of light”

We were set up in 1994 as a direct answer to the needs of South Asian women accessing mental health services.

Roshni Ghar works with women to help them make an informed choice about services available to them and access to appropriate services.  We provide community-based peer and professional support.

Roshni Ghar recognises the importance of a holistic approach to mental health which respects and values an individuals’s history, culture and beliefs as well as acknowledging issues which impact on mental wellbeing, such as social exclusion, poverty, unemployment, family, physical health and other inequalities.

We work in partnership with community, statutory and voluntary agencies to promote mental wellbeing and to create opportunities for women.  Our services are free due to funding from NHS Bradford & Airedale.

Roshni Ghar helps women in the Keighley area that have experienced mental health problems in their lives and supports them to become confident and independent.

Women can ask their doctor, mental health practitioner or social worker to refer them to the service.

We mainly work with women from South Asian backgrounds – support can be provided in Urdu, Punjabi and Bangla.

Supporting women to support themselves

Services

1:1 support is offered to service users experiencing mental distress and is offered to a variety of locations, from acute settings, to those in secondary care sevices, as well as in-house, at outreach settings and via home visits. Staff at Roshni Ghar have key working responsibilities, which consists of a caseload of service users, and they offer 1:1 emotional and practical support too.

Each service user’s progress is monitored with regular reviews and detailed case recordings. Realistic and achievable goals are set for each service as part of their recovery and to encourage self-care with support.

Umeed is a support group for women with severe mental health diagnosis and symptoms. Referrals for this group come directly from either the Community Mental Health Team, or the Psychiatric unit at Airedale hospital. The group helps and supports women who are under the care of the Community Mental Health Team in Keighley. We work in partnership with Bradford District Care Trust staff and offer 1:1 emotional support to women, we also carry out joint home visits partnership with the service users care co-ordinators.

This group consists of very structured therapeutic activities which are designed to meet the needs of each individual service user, as their concentration levels differ. It offers a creative and safe space which helps women to feel safe thereby reducing social isolation and loneliness, thus enabling women to develop networks of friendship and explore self-help techniques and coping mechanisms. Umeed group provides a quiet atmosphere for individuals who struggle with busy and noisy environments. Furthermore, some of the service users are accompanied by either their support worker or carer; carers also seek support from Roshni Ghar. Also, women who are unable to attend the Umeed group due to the severity of their ill mental health are offered 1:1 emotional support via home visits.

Sukoon-E-Dil – For Older Women

This is a recovery support group for women with moderate to low level dependancy and risk, sessions take place once a weekat Roshni Ghar, it is aimed at women with both mental and physical health needs. Service users recieve help, support and information to aid their mental health and wellbeing. Women attending this group are also offered 1:1 emotional support via their named key worker and given the opportunity to receive therapeutic services.

Young Women’s Project

Roshni Ghar has been working with Sharing Voices for a number of years in helping and supporting young women ages 13-18 years (up to 25 for those with learning disabilities). From July 2017, Roshni Ghar took over the managment of this project and has gone on to build good working relationships with local secondary schools, youth services, sharing voices and Children & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). We offer 1:1 emotional support and run support groups at two secondary schools. We also worked in paprtnership with Barnardo’s and facilitated the Wellness Recovery Action Programme (WRAP) for 10 weeks. The WRAP helps young people identify triggers for ill mental health, and how to better manage their mental health and wellbeing with support.