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Nedaye Zan (Voices of Women)

Afghan Mental health advocacy & Anti Stigma project
CONTACT Sona Barbosa – Service Manager    
Email:  Tel: 020 8515 7877

Nedaye Zan aims break down barriers preventing the Afghan community from accessing local mental health/social welfare. The fortnightly 2 hour workshops, held in Afghan culturally-conducive community settings will enable these Afghan women to share how life experiences affects their mental health, understand how Western mental health / social welfare support can complement Afghan traditional/spiritual healing, By participating they will understand their rights as equal citizens and build confidence to self-advocate their mental health needs to their family and community.

Nedaye Zan means Voices of Women in Dari. Through peer advocates, The Nedaye Zan project will empower Afghan women in Harrow experiencing mental distress to tackle cultural mental health stigma and articulate their needs to service professionals to improve the accessibility and cultural competence of local services.

Nedaye Zan Project aims to

  • Help reduce the sense of isolation experienced by Afghans  with mental health difficulties 
  • Help increase well being and self-confidence of Afghan mental health service users 
  • Provide advocacy and interpreting support to Afghan mental health service users to help them understand and access mental health and other social welfare services 

Who is it for?

The project is open to members from the Afghan community living in Harrow. You must be 18 years and over and affected by mental health issues or supporting someone (Carer) who is affected by mental health issues.

What’s on offer?

If you or someone you know is affected by emotional distress/mental health issues and you/ they are experiencing problems in accessing services or you/they don’t know what sort of help they can access you should contact us to attend our sessions 

Group Sessions: You can attend our free sessions facilitated by an Advocate and Peer Educators, which we run every month in Harrow. Refreshments are provided. The free sessions include ‘Information Meetings’ and ‘Support Sessions’.

Information Meetings: At these meetings we invite professionals to talk about relevant issues impacting the community to ensure that people are kept up to date with services they can access, and to have an opportunity to meet the professionals who can support them e.g. housing, jobcentre plus, Health professionals etc.

Support Sessions: These sessions are open to members of the community to act as place where important issues are discussed and people offer mutual support.

Dates for Meetings: Sessions are held at The Lodge, 64 Pinner Road, Harrow, HA1 4HZ from 12.30 pm to 3.30 pm. They will take place on the following dates in 2018 (all Tuesdays):

  • 16th January
  • 6th February
  • 27th February
  • 27th March
  • 17th April
  • 8th May
  • 19th June
  • 10th July
  • 4th September
  • 25th September
  • 3rd October
  • 16th October
  • 13th November
  • 4th December

For more information about future dates get in contact via the details at the top of the page. You can also download the project leaflet or the 'action diagram', which shows the aims of the project.


Advocacy is taking action to help people say what they want, ensure their rights, present their interests and obtain services they need.

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and are having difficulty in accessing appropriate services please contact Sona Barbosa 020 8515 7877.

Volunteers Needed 

We recruit and train volunteers to take on the role as peer educators. Peer Educators support Afghan mental health service users and their families by: 

Arranging regular support meetings/lunch

Arranging regular information sessions (e.g mental health, GPs, housing) 

Sharing the Afghan cultural perspective with these service providers 

Acting as an interpreter and helping service users to talk with service providers and share their point of view 

Helping service users understand which services can help them 

Nedaye Zan Project Volunteering Opportunities

Mind in Harrow volunteering application form 

If this is something which appeals to you then contact Sona Barbosa on 020 8515 7877.

How to access the service

We accept self referrals, which means if you are interested in getting involved or attending workshops or getting an advocate please contact Sona Barbosa on 020 8515 7877 or email