After witnessing a rise in Bradford’s homeless population, a leading women’s group in the city launched a pioneering initiative last month, which continues to grow from strength to strength.
The Curry Circle, set up by The Muslim Women’s Council, aims to help those less fortunate across the Bradford district by giving them access to a free hot curry on a weekly basis.
Based at the Carlisle Business Centre every Thursday evening, warm food is dished out to visitors who may be struggling financially at that point in their lives.
With shower facilities and hot drinks also on offer, it is an ideal place for the homeless to escape the cold and not only enjoy a warm meal but also conversation in a safe environment.
At the latest event, held on Thursday 23rd January, food was kindly donated by Mumtaz restaurant with almost 70 people visiting to receive their meals.
Bana Gora, Curry Circle founder and Muslim Women’s Council founding member, was delighted to welcome so many diners to the latest event and explained why the work the volunteers were doing was vital for the community.
“Since we set up it has been a case of so far so good to be honest,” she said.
“We have been able to get a good insight into the minds of people who are struggling at this moment in their lives and it also helps create awareness for the need of programmes like this.
“The popularity is increasing on a weekly basis with people not only coming down for the food but also for conversation and warmth which they may also be missing.”
She added: “Unfortunately, even in the 21st century here in England we still have people suffering from poverty so initiatives like this are vital.”
Figures from homelessness charity, Shelter, taken from data from the Department for Communities and Local Government, revealed that more than 140 children in Bradford, from 73 families, are officially classed as homeless.
The Muslim Women’s Council run the Curry Circle every Thursday, from 7pm to 8pm at the Carlisle Business Centre. If anybody would like to volunteer with the Curry Circle project please contact the group on 01274 223 230.