NISA is a charity that supports women and girls from the Muslim community with their mental health. They provide mental health assessments, parenting classes, support on online grooming, drug awareness, domestic violence and talking therapies. They also help their clients into further education.
Through her own personal experience and struggles with anxiety and panic attacks, the founder of NISA, Seynab, discovered that by talking to others, sharing her story and completing a mental health first aid course, all of these had a significant and positive impact on her.
Wanting to share this knowledge and support with others she began to think about ways she could do this.
“I came to CommUNITY Barnet when NISA was just an idea in my head. I had nothing written down but just knew I wanted to make a difference."
Jeni Osbourne, Head of Community Services at CommUNITY Barnet, was a tremendous support to me. She helped me to begin writing a constitution, open a bank account, guiding me all the way through each step.
Jeni also introduced me to Zoe Kattah at CommUNITY Barnet, who helped me to put my first funding application together. I have since used this information to write my own funding bids - this has been absolutely useful to me. Zoe also helped me to think about budgeting.
At the beginning of this journey I didn’t feel I had the confidence to move forward, however, both Jeni and Zoe have given me so much support and they are so both approachable that I felt so comfortable contacting them whenever I needed help.
In a short period of time I’ve been able to grow an idea into something more structured. NISA now has a constitution, bank account and an army of volunteers. I can write funding applications on my own and I run an online parenting course for Muslim women with 400 followers.
NISA’s plans for the next year is to secure a suitable space for people to open up and talk about their experiences and to grow their volunteer base.
With ongoing support from CommUNITY Barnet we have no doubt that NISA will achieve these aims and continue to grow and make a positive impact in the community.