Dosti

What is DOSTI?

Dosti is a safe and confidential support service improving  women’s mental health in Leeds.

Offers culturally appropriate activities promoting a programme of mental health recovery.

Staff who speak various Asian languages and have expertise in mental health.

Therapeutic individual/group support which is specific to meet the diverse needs of Asian women.

It means ‘friendship’ in Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu and Gujarati. Asian women can meet and form friendships.

Referral to DOSTI

  • Women can self-refer or be referred to the service by  completing a referral form which is available on the website or by contacting the office on 0113 203 8893
  • Completed referrals should be sent to Pooja Lal poojal@touchstone support.org.uk
  • An appropriate service is allocated following an assessment of individual need
  • Personal support plan and key worker allocation
  • Individual and/group support is offered

 Choice of Service

  • DOSTI runs a drop in at Stocks Hill Day Centre in West Leeds
  • Dosti’s Mother’s/ Crèche Group at Castleton Children Centre
  • Khushi group at Chapel town Children’s Centre
  • Postnatal Depression group at Castleton Children centre
  • Chalte Chalte –  out and about group City Wide
  • Outreach and Advocacy City Wide

Therapeutic Support

  • Stress management and coping strategies
  • Spirituality and mental health sessions
  • Life skills coaching to increase confidence and independence
  • 1:1 emotional and practical support
  • Arts and Crafts

Education / Training

  • Computer courses
  • English Language courses (ESOL)
  • Healthy Eating and Fitness sessions
  • Anger Management, Confidence Building, Self Esteem
  • Jobs and Skills Opportunities
  • Textiles Sessions

Additional Support

  • Welfare benefits advice surgery with Asian multilingual CAB worker, by appointment at DOSTI
  • Information/resources on counselling and legal matters
  • Guidance/support enabling women to self help and self-care
  • Counselling by appointment only.
  • Postnatal Depression support

Outreach Support and Advocacy

  • Reaching vulnerable women at home, who are at risk
  • Providing Assessment, Intervention and Therapy
  • Advocacy support to CPA meetings, hospital appointments
  • Person-centred support provided to promote recovery
  • Improving access to services to promote social inclusion

Weekly activities

  • DOSTI Drop-In Service
    Stocks Hill Day Centre, Chapel Lane
    Leeds, LS12 2DJ.
    Thursday 10.00 – 1.30pm
  • DOSTI’S Mother’s Group and Crèche
    Castleton Children’s Centre
    Holdforth Green, Armley
    Leeds LS12 1YB
    Thursday 12:30 – 2:25 pm
  • KHUSHI (Happiness) Health and Well-being
    Fredrick Hurdle Day Centre
    Reginald Terrace, Leeds LS7 3EZ
    Wednesdays 10:00 – 1:00pm

Dosti Contacts

Rozi Chopra Service Manager

0113 203 8893

Works Tuesday and Thursday

Tabassum Hussain Project Worker

0113 203 8893

Works Tuesday and Thursday

Kashmir Mahton Cook

0113 203 8893

Works on Thursday

Sukhvinder Bansal Creche Worker

0113 203 8893

Works on Thursday

Farzana Hanif Project Worker

0113 203 8893

Workers Tuesday and Thursday

Abida Bi Creche Worker

0113 203 8893

Works on Thursday

Pooja Lal Administrator

0113 203 8893

Works Tuesday and Thursday