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News Bulletin August 2021

Updates from our team

  • Self Defence Class - Ethnic Women Wahine Toa
  • Update from our FVSV Counselling Practice Manager
  • Ethnic Youth Futsal Tournament

What's on

  • Shama Open Day is on 16th August
  • Social Cohesion Call for Submissions - fill out the survey
  • Life Skills Classes for Term 3
  • Communi-TEA for the rest of 2021
  • Volunteering with Shama

Updates from our team

Self-Defence Classes
Ethnic Women Wahine Toa

During July we were able to offer three self-defence classes, thanks to Mel and the Women's Self Defence Network - Wahine Toa. We learnt practical steps to get out of dangerous situations. We also had intriguing discussions around keeping safe, preventing violence and de-escalating dangerous situations.
More than anything they were fun and active sessions that leave feeling empowered and confident!!

We are planning for a few more classes at the end of the year. So if you are keen to join send us an expression of interest.
Expression of Interest
Sexual Violence Support Services for Ethnic People around Aotearoa
Shama supports survivors of family violence and sexual violence. Long-term therapeutic support is one of the services we provide, and is subcontracted by ACC’s Integrated Services for Sensitive Claim.

Shama’s Response to Sexual Violence Team has a structured system to help our ethnic survivors. Most ethnically diverse communities have different views on family violence and/or sexual violence. Some communities have a different understanding of act of violence compared to current New Zealand law. These gaps are part of the struggle we must address to support the wellbeing of our communities to live in this country. Our team is well aware of these issues and has taken up the role of ethnic community advocate for many years.

Shama has developed trainings to close the gap in service in mainstream organisations on Cultural Safety and follow up programmes on prevention.

Overall, we support mainstream organisations by being aware of different approaches needed for ethnically diverse communities and by informing them when they need cultural perspective and ongoing support.

On the intervention side, Shama's nationwide ethnically diverse professionals’ network continues to develop our resources and sharing spaces for new therapists and support their professional development.

There are four regional network meetings held regularly supported by Shama. The Christchurch ethnically diverse therapists network meeting is one of them. The Shama team took the photo below at the Christchurch network meeting at their second meeting on the 9th July at Rarakau, Riccarton Community Centre.

At the meeting, we shared our personal and professional journey and connected to support each other. The Annual Professional Development Hui will be on 28th to 30th October at the Waitetuna Retreat Centre.
By Joanna Jensen, FVSV Counselling Practice Manager
Youth Explore
Ethnic Youth Played Futsal at Exciting Tournament
Shama youth programme collaborated with Red Cross and the Refugee Orientation Centre Trust to hold a futsal tournament at the Peak in Rototuna. 10 boys teams and 4 girls teams participated in fun game, ideally held in an indoor venue for the cold and wet winter day. Well done to winner and runners up teams! Get in touch with us if you are interested in joining the youth programme!
Join Shama Youth Programme

What's on

Shama Open Day is on 16 August 2021
Shama Open Day 2021 is on 16th August 12pm to 4.30pm. All are welcome to join us for delicious food, music, dancing, and get to know the services and programmes we offer!
Social Cohesion in Aotearoa New Zealand

The Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Social Development are working together to make Aotearoa New Zealand safer and more inclusive.

They have held online hui, in person conversations in Auckland, Wellington, Hamilton and Christchurch and planned focus groups around this topic.

You can get involved by responding to a survey. It is available in multiple languages, including Te Reo Maori, Bengali, Hindi, Indonesian, Malay, Somali, Turkish, Arabic, Dari, Farsi, Pashto and Urdu.

More official information including discussion and summary documents are available at the Ministry of Justice website.

Consultations closes soon on 6th August 2021. Let our voices be heard!

Social Cohesion on Citizen Space

Schedule Life Skills Classes in Term 3
Join our Classes!!

Our life skills classes for Term 3 started from 26th July. Remember to register for the English class facilitated by English Language Partners. Bring your craft project to sewing class to complete and meet other ethnic women interested in cooking healthy affordable meals in our popular cooking class!


A warm welcome to Hamilton South residents for Communi-TEA. It's an opportunity to share a meal and meet other locals in a friendly atmosphere. The next one is soon on 30 July and the meals occur monthly on the final Friday evenings.

Why volunteering with us?

Ashley, a student volunteer for children's holiday programme commented on her experience.

"Volunteering at Shama's Children Holiday Programme was a very fulfilling experience! It was very heartwarming and fun to get to know the lovely kids one by one and help them spend their holidays discovering, creating and honing their talents. All of us volunteers are endlessly grateful for Shama's patience and guidance and for this opportunity to serve our local community. 👍🏼👍🏼"

"I enjoyed the last holiday program, a great experience, I liked the opportunity of meeting kids and volunteers from different cultures, it's been really cool."
Tamanna Niazi
Volunteering is rewarding! When you volunteer with Shama you will meet a diverse range of ethnic women and their families. You will gain work experience, boost your CV and network with ethnic communities in contributing your valuable skills.

We have programmes happening soon and planned major events in the near future. A few examples are:
  • holiday programmes
  • female driving support
  • events and fundraising support
Express interest in joining our volunteers programme by contacting us!
Express Interest in Volunteering for Shama

Shama Ethnic Women's Trust

At Shama, we understand that moving to a new country can be very stressful. Issues of language and culture and the fact that all around you are strangers add to the stress and one can feel extremely lost! Shama Ethnic Women's Trust is an organisation run by ethnic women for ethnic women. It is a vibrant, sustainable and growing centre, which provides culturally appropriate support, advocacy and programmes to be a source of strength and empowerment for ethnic women.
Email us for more information or call 07 843 3810.

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