The Sheba Project was established to bring people from different backgrounds together and strive to establish a truly integrated and cohesive society where people feel empowered to fulfil their full potential as equals

About Us

The Sheba Project was established to bring people from different backgrounds together and strive to establish a truly integrated and united community where people not only tolerate each other and live parallel lives, but also get involved and engage positively with each other regardless of their backgrounds to bring about harmony and understanding.

Our main focus is working with the most disadvantaged in society, particularly women, young people, refugees and unemployed. We wish to empower these groups to realise their full potential by engaging them in education and training and other activities to develop their skills and help them become independent and confident enough to participate fully in society. We believe this is an essential part of creating an integrated and cohesive society.

Currently, our range of activities include: running a supplementary school; sports activities for young people; residential and day trips; IT & English classes; pampering events; charity events; exercise and healthy living events. We also carry out community and individual empowerment work as well as advisory work on human rights issues related to forced marriage and domestic violence and other forms of direct and indirect discrimination.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

We are grateful for the continued support for our various activities from local businesses through sponsorship and donations: Doli on Green Street; Karim Catering; Khana Khazana; Mobeen; Zam Zam; Asha Driving School and East Shopping Centre.

We would also like to thank our funders over the years: The National Lottery; Near Neighbours and London Borough of Newham.

How you can get involved

We are a volunteer led charity and are always looking for people to volunteer time to gain new skills and enhance their existing skills base. Get in touch with us if you are interested in any of the following areas:

  • Youth work
  • Research
  • General admin & office work
  • Teaching (formal & informal)
  • Project management and events organization
  • Fundraising
  • DTP

We would love to hear from you if you have any other ideas or projects you would like to run, which fall within our stated mission and objectives. Send an email clearly stating your particular interests and hobbies including an up to date CV to: info@shebaproject.co.uk

Our Work

Theme 1: Education & Empowerment

We believe in empowering people through education and training so that they can develop skills and the confidence to become independent and resilient human beings, able to make choices and decisions for themselves, challenge inappropriate behaviour, and take control of their own lives, to fulfil their full potential.

1a. Train to Gain

A project for women to attain and enhance basic skills in English and IT so they can participate fully in society. This training will give women confidence to speak and interact with service providers so they do not need to be dependent on anyone and become independent and resilient individuals.


Please Note: This project is subject to funding. If you are interested please contact us

Theme 2: Community Cohesion

2a. Chand Raat

Ladies only pampering evening...

This event was first organised in London Newham by husband and wife team with help from friends in 2006 just a day before the Muslim festival of Eidul Adha. Due to popular demand from ladies of all walks of life and backgrounds, it has become an annual fixture not only in our diary but also to many women in and around east London. It has since then taken a multicultural dimension and we now organise this event not only to coincide with and celebrate Eid and other religious festivals e.g. Diwali, Christmas, Vaisakhi, but also in recognition of and to celebrate women's desire and right to relax and chill out with fellow women without having to worry about responsibilities in the home!

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2b. Networking & Support Group

People generally do not mix outside of their own limited cultural and religious backgrounds. This project was initiated to give local women a relaxed social platform to get together and chill out over some tea & cake. Occasionally other activities, which are common to women of all backgrounds, e.g. cake decorating, cookery & beauty sessions as well as informative sessions on relevant issues such as health, DSV, education & careers etc. The objective of the sessions is to give women a reason to get together and discover that no matter what their religious or cultural beliefs, as women, and as human beings, they have much in common. The same problems, the same needs and similar dreams & aspirations! We hope this will eventually develop into a strong and resilient support group who will work together on projects benefit our community.


This work cuts across two themes: Education & Empowerment and Community Cohesion.

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2c. Cook & Craft Project

Bringing together women from different faiths to:

  • Design and make a piece of artwork depicting their own cultural and religious origins, and combine them to make a huge exhibition to display at an annual community festival to demonstrate the diversity of the area we live and work in.
  • Cookery workshops learning about & preparing food from different cultures culminating in displaying quilt and sharing food at an annual community festival, which will attract thousands of people of lots of different backgrounds.

Please Note: This project is subject to funding. This project cuts across two of our work themes: Community Cohesion and Health & Wellbeing.

For more information please contact us


2d. Events & Community Parties

We organise regular community networking and social events with the sole purpose of to bring people of different backgrounds together in a social setting so they can mix and build links.

We also regularly organise events for the community including fundraising for worthy causes. We have organised events and helped raise money in the recent past for the following charities: Barnardos, Comic Relief, Families Relief, Human Appeal.

For more information please contact us

Theme 3: Health & Wellbeing

Various health issues blight the communities we work with. This is due to unhealthy eating habits and lifestyles. We will educate and inform people about living healthy lifestyles and making healthy choices in all areas of their lives.

3a. Community Garden

We are working with local residents and other partners to develop and maintain a Community Garden in the Green Street area. This involves:

  • Cleaning up and converting a derelict piece of land into a community garden/space for use by local residents
  • Creating a space where residents can come to plant and grow their own vegetables, flowers etc., which is integral to a mentally and physically healthy lifestyle.

This project will encourage residents from different backgrounds to integrate into the wider community, through the common goal of developing a community garden.

Currently the space is a dumping ground for fly tipping, and attraction for vermin. This project will clean the space up and keep it clean to deter rubbish dumping and keep it clean and give residents a much reason to venture out and mix with their neighbours.

Our project supports community cohesion, and building a resilient, healthy and active community where people of all backgrounds mix, and engage with each other.

This project cuts across two of our work themes: Community Cohesion and Health & Wellbeing.

Please Note: This project is subject to funding.

For more information please contact us


3b. Crochet Club

Bringing together women from different faiths to:

  • Establish a Crochet Club and engage in this therapeutic and healthy activity together and build long lasting relationships with women from outside their on cultural and religious backgrounds.

Please Note: This project is subject to funding. This project cuts across two of our work themes: Community Cohesion and Health & Wellbeing

For more information please contact us


3c. Newham Athletic FC

Football & fitness club for boys & girls to encourage health & fitness, discipline and teamwork. This facility is to meet local needs, as parents are not willing to pay or travel too far for their children to engage in these activities. Child poverty and obesity in Newham are at record levels. Children in Newham have worse than average levels of obesity with 25.7% 10-11 year olds as obese (Child & Maternal Health Observatory & London Public Health Observatory, 2012). Therefore, encouraging any type of physical activity is much needed in our area.


Please Note: This project is subject to funding. This project cuts across two of our work themes: Community Cohesion and Health & Wellbeing

For more information please contact us


3d. Zumba & Fitness

Exercise and fitness classes for women in a space and environment which is sensitive and conducive to their cultural needs.


Please Note: This project is subject to funding. This project cuts across two of our work themes: Community Cohesion and Health & Wellbeing

For more information please contact us


3e. Camping & Residentials

The camping and residential experience is unique for most young people in the area, some children have never been to a residential before. Going away for a few days, helps develop confidence, bonding and relationships with others as well as being a very enjoyable experience, which would look good in any CV!


We organise these when we have funding and resources to subsidise the cost as our beneficiaries are not in a position to pay the whole cost.

For more information please contact us


Theme 4: Human Rights & Advocacy

We believe in making people independent and resilient, but we also recognise that some groups in society suffer immense and multiple levels of discrimination and disadvantage, that they may initially need some assistance and support to develop the confidence to take control of their lives.

4a. Advice & Assistance

We offer assistance to people who are unable to access local services due to the lack of IT skills or language barriers. We regularly help people with a wide range of issues ranging from filling in forms, writing letters, making phone calls on their behalf, and a confidential advice and assistance service on human rights issues, including domestic violence, forced marriage and other forms of abuse and discrimination. As we are not qualified to give counseling we refer and direct people to the appropriate statutory or voluntary groups who are qualified to deal with such issues. However, we are currently working hard to procure funding and resources so that we can build and develop our own capacity to deliver these services more effectively.

For more information please contact us

Recent Projects

Crochet Club

Crochet Club leaflet


Bringing together women from different faiths to:

Establish a Crochet Club and engage in this therapeutic and healthy activity together and build long lasting relationships with women from outside their on cultural and religious backgrounds.

Click here to view the leaflet.

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We are grateful to Near Neighbours for funding this project.

Community Cook & Craft

Cook and Craft banner


Bringing together women from different faiths and backgrounds to:

  • Design and make a display of the various religious/cultural symbols
  • Cookery workshops learning about & preparing food from different cultures

Culminating in displaying quilt and sharing food at a community festival, which will attract thousands of people of lots of different backgrounds.

Click here to download the leaflet.

Click here for photos


We are grateful to Near Neighbours for funding this project.

Train to Gain

Train to Gain leaflet


A project for women to attain and enhance basic skills in English and IT so they can participate fully in society.

This training will give women confidence to speak and interact with service providers so they do not need to be dependent on anyone and become independent and resilient individuals.

Click here to download the leaflet.

Click here for photos

This year (2014-2015) this project was kindly supported by funding from the National Lottery

Get in touch

Together we are stronger and better

The Sheba Project
e: info@shebaproject.co.uk


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