Shifa, Asian Women’s Wellbeing Network

What is Shifa?

Shifa Network has been around since 2003. It was initially 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. They started offering life-long learning opportunities and courses such as ESOL (English for speakers of other languages). This helped women regain their confidence and self-esteem to better deal with the difficulties they were facing.

They have come a long way since those early days 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 the services is a testament to the real need for specialised support to meet the needs of these communities.

As of August 1st 2022, Shifa services now come under Catalyst and we are proud to be a part helping to deliver these imprtant services within our community.

Who do they support?

Shifas 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 stigmatised.

Shifa also supports local immigrant women suffering from domestic abuse, anxiety and depression.


A variety of classes and short courses are offered by Shifa in Woking and Camberley.  All sessions are held in a safe, friendly and supportive environment to help Asian Women build their mental and emotional wellbeing, resilience, recovery and independence.

  • ESOL classes
  • Drop-in support
  • Yoga
  • Beginners and improvers ‘learn to swim’ sessions

See here for full details and to register interest.

To find out more visit the website: 

Tel: 07897 316978

Email: [email protected]