The Manchester Maya Project is a partnership of eight organisations: Saheli, Ananna, Wai Yin Society, Himmat, Women’s Voices, Wonderfully Made Woman, CDMUK and Bauer Academy working together to support BME women and girls. The project is funded by the Big Lottery Women and Girls Fund, and was set up in 2016 to work towards jointly providing support services to vulnerable BME women in Manchester.


A woman might come to Maya because of a crisis issue such as domestic violence and receive immediate support such as safe accommodation, then be supported to access longer term housing, develop social networks, build confidence and skills and may then complete her Maya journey. She may continue through a further range of support, learn new skills and get a job or set up a business and possibly go on to be a ‘Maya Champion’ – an inspiring advocate for other women.


Sisters For Change partnered with The Maya Project from 2018 – 2019 to improve accountability within local authorities for the protection of BME women victims of violence in Manchester.