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Sharing is caring: Qurbani distribution unites Bradford’s communities

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Two Bradford charities came together in a bid to ensure Muslims across the city had an Eid to remember last month as they distributed Qurbani meat to hundreds of individuals and families.

The InTouch Foundation and IslamBradford united for the project, which saw over 800kg of meat provided to the local community.

Having held a smaller project last year, the InTouch volunteers, who run mobile soup kitchens across West Yorkshire, decided to expand operations last month with IslamBradford’s city centre base chosen to host the operations.

Aiming to serve as many diverse communities as possible, representatives from the city’s South Asian and East African communities turned out to receive over 800 packs of meat.

Osman Gondal, founder and board member of the InTouch Foundation, was on hand to distribute the meat on Sunday 27th September and said he could not have hoped for a better day.

“The event itself went really well,” he said. “We handed out 864 packs of meat to families and individuals meaning almost a tonne of meat was distributed.

“People from different backgrounds, including the local Syrian, Sudan, and Nigerian communities came down on the day and we were able to ensure they all had Qurbani to celebrate Eid.

COMMUNITY: Volunteers from the InTouch Foundation and IslamBradford handed over Qurbani packs to individuals and families from Nigeria

COMMUNITY: Volunteers from the InTouch Foundation and IslamBradford handed over Qurbani packs to individuals and families from Nigeria

“A huge thank you to all our volunteers, those who donated, and IslamBradford for helping to make this project possible.”

As well as handing over the bags of Qurbani, the two charities aimed to build cohesion between different cultures on the day.

Providing coffee and cake to those who came down, discussions about the charities’ works were also held with guests.

Osman added: “IslamBradford were generous enough to offer free refreshments at the site, to create more of a community atmosphere.

“We didn’t want people to think they were just to receive meat and leave, so by doing this we generated a more welcoming feel.

“The location of IslamBradford as well proved a big hit with visitors and we will be sure to build on this success for next year.”

Faisal Tariq, the UK InTouch Fundraising Manager, was also present to help distribute the meat.

He said: “It was amazing to share our Qurbani with our brothers and sisters from thousands of miles away. The smiles on their faces were priceless.”

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Safer Communities Fund passed Half-Million milestone

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Karma Nirvana founder, Jasvinder Sanghera, and young person officer, Anna Kaur, were delighted to receive the vital funding

Karma Nirvana founder, Jasvinder Sanghera, and young person officer, Anna Kaur, were delighted to receive the vital funding

Charities, voluntary groups and local organisations benefit 

Organisations across West Yorkshire continue to benefit from a police community project which has so far resulted in dozens of groups receiving more than £500,000 in grant money.

The West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s Safer Communities Fund is built up throughout the year by money seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA).

These funds are then put into one collective ‘pot’ which is distributed out across the county to aid with local community safety initiatives.

A total of £567,000 has so far been awarded since the first donations were made and last week, a further 35 groups and projects were successful in their bids.

£154,984.03 was handed over at the third event at Thornhill Academy, Dewsbury, to support various initiatives.

One UK registered charity which received a substantial sum was Leeds-based Karma Nirvana which supports victims and survivors of Forced Marriage and Honour Based Abuse.

Project Manager at the charity, Anup Manota, explained how the £5,250 donation will be used to help tackle the issues of Forced Marriage and Honour Based violence within local schools.

“As part of a national initiative, supported by the Government’s Forced Marriage Unit, Karma Nirvana has recently appointed a Young Person Officer, Anna Kaur,” Mr Manota said.

“Her role will be to engage with schools across the region and across the country with bespoke lesson plans, literature materials, a certificate of commitment to each school and safeguarding duties on referrals.

“She will be providing talks in assemblies and classrooms to pupils, as well as presentations to teaching staff.

“The project is to raise awareness across school pupils and make them aware of the services that are available to them, or their friends, who may be in danger.”

More than half a million pounds, seized from criminal activity, had been reinvested into the community through local safety initiatives

More than half a million pounds, seized from criminal activity, had been reinvested into the community through local safety initiatives

During the latest round of fund allocation, 165 applications were made, totalling £885,892.

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson said he was ‘impressed’ by the number of causes applying for money, attempting to make the community a safer place.

He added: “This money will allow these groups to help provide an invaluable service to our local communities as funding cuts continue to impact on charities and voluntary groups across West Yorkshire.

“This is the third round of my Safer Communities Fund awards with a specific equality and diversity theme this time and a further total of £155,000 has now gone to these projects across West Yorkshire.

“The sheer volume of applicants demonstrates just how crucial this fund is and I am pleased to be able to support such good causes to ensure our communities are safer and feel safer.”

The fourth round of grants will open for applications on 3rd November with local organisations able to submit applications for a sum up to £7,500.

 

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