Sikh Sanjog provides an invaluable service to the Edinburgh based Sikh community, particularly women and young people. Their understanding of what the community needs and the lived experiences of those running the services is what sets it apart from other support services. Community based support, coming from the community itself, is hugely empowering and a model we should be looking to support and sustain.
Whether it is youth work, services to support vulnerable women, opportunities for women to develop new skills or their enterprising Punjabi cafe, Sikh Sanjog are a crucial part of the Leith, and wider Edinburgh, network and I hope they will continue to exist and grow for a long time to come.
Kezia Dugdale MSP – Ex-leader of the Scottish Labour Party