I felt nervous but excited talking about it (the big move). Embracing a new adventure, a new chapter of our lives. Of course I’d lived in London all my life and the thought of moving to a whole new city was daunting but everything has a first time. I guess...
“Would you like to come along to the gym with me?” “Where is this gym?” I asked. She replied: ”Around the corner.” I said: “Are you saying there is a gym not too far from here, and I never knew about it?” Oh, yes, there was SAHELI!
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.
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 [...]
My name is Eleanor Hoad and I run the community garden in Handsworth Park in partnership with the Friends of Handsworth Park. I am passionate about growing food in the city and reconnecting people to nature.
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.
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.
Knowing I had a passion for sports, a friend of mine forwarded an advertisement from the Birmingham Road safety team which put a call out to recruit and train the first team of cycling instructors for Birmingham. I instantly thought I want to do this, but I didn’t own a bike and the last time I had been on one was when I was 16. I called the organiser and explained this and he encouraged me to still come along and that he will take care of the rest. I turned up and fell off my bike! The end, no- my journey had just begun…