Shama women’s centre fights for council to reinstate its funding

By Harry Rogers

A petition has been submitted to Leicester City Council requesting that a women’s centre in the city should have its funding reinstated.

Shama Women’s Centre on Sparkenhoe Street, Leicester, submitted a petition containing 1107 signatures in favour of the funding which was cut by the council to save money.

There will be a meeting held by the Overview Select Committee on Thursday (6 April).

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Khudeja Amer-Sharif, co-coordinator of Shama Women’s Centre, said: “We were devastated (when the budget was cut). We offer women help and counselling to build their confidence.

“Our service is unique.”

Leicester City Council had been making a grant of £30,000 per year to the centre but budget cuts now mean the centre is threatened by imminent closure with no other income high enough to keep it open.

It is estimated that by 2019/2020 Leicester City Council will need to find savings of £40 million per year due to overwhelming cuts from central government.

A council spokesperson, said: “We have given (Shama Women’s Centre) advice regarding their longer-term financial sustainability, since the council is unable to provide further funding to Shama because of its own financial pressures.

“We value the work of Shama and would like to see the organisation prosper.”

Established in 1985, Shama Women’s Centre offers a range of services to women in Leicester from bereavement counselling, language support and a women-only gym and sauna.

You can attend the meeting that will be held at City Hall, Charles Street, on Thursday (6 April) at 5:30pm.

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