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The SHARAN project, established in 2008 is a U.K. based charity which seeks to provide support, advice and create a forum for vulnerable women, particularly of South Asian origin, who have left home forcefully or voluntarily. This could be partially or wholly as a result of disownment; potential, perceived or real threat of domestic or honour-based violence; forced intercourse and or marriage; persecution over sexual preferences; or indeed other forms of cultural conflict. Women, suffering from low self esteem, are frequently unaware of how to access support to critical services to rehabilitate their lives. Some live in constant fear, and are at risk of being disengaged and isolated from society, communities and families.

Founded in 2008 the SHARAN Project is the vision of its founder, Polly Harrar, a South Asian professional based in the United Kingdom who in light of increasing needs of South Asian women in the U.K., saw a clear need to provide tailored support, practical advice and information.

The SHARAN Project is currently run by a group of South Asian experts on a volunteer basis, who understand the challenges and barriers faced by those who have been disowned and or forced to leave home.  We are largely a web-based service offering information, support and advice to allow our users to make well-informed choices to improve their life chances. We are able to provide assistance on key life skills, as well as information and advice on a range of issues including: health, housing, employment, education, financial, legal and personal development, to support vulnerable women in their transition to independent living without fear.

Whilst we do not provide financial assistance or accomodation, we are here to listen without judgement and help you get back on your feet by providing support, advice, make referrals and offer information on the choices available to you in a safe and culturally sensitive environment.

We work across the public, private and third sectors and offer skills and capacity-building workshops to raise awareness on areas such as Honour and domestic violence, cultural conflicts, abuse, and inequality, as well as deliver on project-based work. To learn more about our work please click here.

If you or someone you know can benefit from our assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us today either via email or by phone, on 0844 504 3231

We encourage those that are interested in giving back to the community to help us. If you are one of these individuals, please see our Get Involved section.

Our Mission

"Give a South Asian women confidence, support and opportunity, and you will find an independent successful woman of the future". 

Provide a comprehensive support and advice service that will empower young women to realise their potential for successful independent living.  In order to remove the barriers to success you must first identify and responsibly challenge cultural and societal differences.

Our Aims

To support young women to aspire and achieve a successful independent life.

To re-engage displaced, isolated and disadvantaged South Asian women.

To inspire as many women as possible to become the next generation of leaders and role models.

To provide high quality support services that will make a positive difference to the lives of women.

To respectfully effect real change at a local, national and community level.

Our Values

Respect: Respect for each other, respect for community, respect for difference in religion and faith, respect for individual choices, respect for confidentiality, respect for cultural understanding. We offer culturally based support that is reflective of the needs of South Asian women, as such we respect the differences that unite us all.

Honesty: We value honesty as a core value at SHARAN as we understand that in many cases it is being honest that allows us to ensure the best choices are agreed by all parties and to ensure everyone is aware of the reality of any given situation.. All we ask in return is for you to be honest with us. We understand this is not always easy due to trust issues or fear of exposure, but be assured that your safety and wellbeing is our top priority. 

Confidentiality: We will not share your information with anyone outside SHARAN without your expressed permission. We will endeavour to ensure all database and forum facilities are secure and maintained off site where possible. We have undertaken many proceedures to ensure the safety and confidentiality of your information and usage on this site. Should be aware of any breach to the site, please let us know immediately.

To see what some of our user’s have said about how they have benefitted from SHARAN, please see our testimonials section.

*The SHARAN Project has undertaken measures to ensure the confidentiality of your personal details and information on this site. Should you be aware of any breach to this site please kindly contact us immediately.

Sharan is part of The Sharan Project, a not for profit company Limited by Guarantee. Company No. 06635024 (Charity status pending). Information shared with Sharan will be covered by the Data Protection Act 1998. 

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