Ride Along by Shaila Sharif


Every competent person you see was once a novice. I’d finally decided to listen to my friend who, over the years had been inviting me to take up cycling.  I suddenly realised that my passion wasn’t solely reserved for long-distance walks or mountain climbing (more about that soon), but it turns out I had a [...]

Ride Along by Shaila Sharif2021-05-07T09:24:02+00:00

The Girl in Me by Shebina Gill


Saheli means 'Friend' in many Indian languages. For many members of Saheli Hub, it has been a friend for life, there for them through life's changes and challenges. Hub Manager Shebina Gill reflects on the many times a girl or woman may need a Saheli in their life.

The Girl in Me by Shebina Gill2021-03-09T10:38:26+00:00

‘Girls Aren’t Allowed To’ by Naseem Akhtar


I thought things would change for the next generation of girls... I grew up in B12 - Sunny Balsall Heath. Sister of five brothers and because of them I loved sport - Football, Cricket anything. If I could be one of the boys I’d want to be in their team. When I was 9 we’d [...]

‘Girls Aren’t Allowed To’ by Naseem Akhtar2021-03-08T13:25:17+00:00

Saheli – A Place of Growth – by Elisangela Melo Liani


Me and my family, we arrived in this country from Brazil on June 26, 2006. I didn't know, but this same day Saheli was born too! I believe in God and I believe that He controls all things. I also believe that all things work together for the good of those who love God. So I really like the idea that Saheli was God's plan to bless many lives, including mine and my family.

Saheli – A Place of Growth – by Elisangela Melo Liani2021-04-14T15:27:56+00:00

Walking into change – by Rakhyia Begum


I was told by a friend there was a women’s group in Balsall Heath that had an amazing adventure activity scheme for young girls – the organiser Naseem Akhtar was really something! She said I should go along and meet her maybe see if there was any opportunity to volunteer? I rang apprehensively and was invited to the Balsall Heath Community Forum.

Walking into change – by Rakhyia Begum2021-03-08T13:25:46+00:00