University of Edinburgh
I think the work Sikh Sanjog is doing is very valuable as it targets a minority group within a minority group, something which is all the more poignant in the current political climate. It supports women with such a diverse range of issues, from having a community through to mental health issues.
Tineke Broer – Research Fellow University of Edinburgh
Glasgow Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights
Sikh Sanjog have been a valuable member of the Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on racial equality for many years now, and have contributed to a large number of issues. They bring a perspective on issues that reflects the actual lived lives of their particular service users, and this insight is essential in developing better policies and practices on racial equality in Scotland. It is especially useful to have the views of minority ethnic women articulated in the Parliament, and Sikh Sanjog is one of a very small number of groups who is able to relay this voice directly to members of the Scottish Parliament.
Jatin Haria – Glasgow Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights
Having previously had limited personal knowledge on Sikhism… Sikh Sanjog have been able to offer a clear perspective relating not only to the religious requirements of the faith but also barriers faced by women in particular. Their latest report, ‘the invisible women’ has been helpful in understanding such key issues. I also feel I have developed a trusting relationship with Sikh Sanjog whereon both formal and informal discussions can take place comfortably. The interaction with Sikh Sanjog and guidance from them has been productive and positive and will continue to be invaluable to assist me in supporting my frontline colleagues.
Constable Grant Robertson – Police Scotland
Scottish Labour Party
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