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Supplementary School recognised at Child Friendly Leeds award

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INSPIRATIONAL: Team work makes the dream work

INSPIRATIONAL: Team work makes the dream work

Stars gather to celebrate Hamara’s success

Leeds City Varieties was packed to the rafters last week as the Child Friendly Leeds (CFL) Awards made a triumphant return to the city.

Organised by young people, the awards celebrate some of the people, places and organisations helping to make Leeds a child-friendly city.

Amongst this year’s winners was the Hamara Centre.

Based in south Leeds, the group has been celebrating the fantastic success of their Supplementary School project after the school was bestowed with the CLF Supporting Schools Award.

Hamara’s youth team project was established in 1997, setting up as a response to the demands and concerns from parents, academics and community leaders within the South Leeds community.

Designed to address the problem of children underachieving in the British state schools by identifying barriers that prevent young people from engaging in and enjoying learning, the project’s primary aim is to raise the standard of education in the community.

They do this by creating a progressive, caring and high quality-learning environment for all their students.

Hamara Supplementary School takes place on a Saturday and supports children and young people to achieve good grades in maths, English and science, as well as running a homework club. They work very closely with and make a difference in the local community.

SUCCESS: The Child Friendly Leeds awards were organised by young people across the city

SUCCESS: The Child Friendly Leeds awards were organised by young people across the city

One of the many supporting statements for Hamara said: “[Hamara is] not only a school but a fabulous organisation for children.

“They have several youth clubs such as football with Leeds United, Karate, Roller Skating sessions, evening football, cricket tournaments and much more.

“Their holiday play scheme attracts children of all ages and backgrounds organising trips, fun days out and brings arts and culture to the community.

“I think it really is a great place for children and young people and with the community café, its doors are always open to young people and new ideas.

“Many children living in the local area are from BME and therefore some have complex issues and Hamara works with them to provide a safe environment with a range of staff supporting their every need. Children also have access to jobs and support with education, work and training.”

The prestigious awards ceremony was organised by a group of eight young people who made up ‘The CFL Crew’.

The ‘crew’ – some as young as twelve, decided on a colourful carnival theme for the ceremony which was watched by an audience of nearly 400 people including city leaders and VIP guests.

Cllr Lucinda Yeadon, executive member responsible for children and families said: “I would like to congratulate all the winners, those shortlisted and all the nominees - they are shining examples of what it really means to be child friendly.”

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Charitable chief bags community award

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COMMUNITY CHAMP: Hanif Malik, from The Hamara Foundation, was awarded ‘Community Champion of the Year’

COMMUNITY CHAMP: Hanif Malik, from The Hamara Foundation, was awarded ‘Community Champion of the Year’

Fantastic work by Hamara Centre is recognised by the National Centre for Diversity

The chief executive of Leeds’ largest ethnic minority organisation in the voluntary and community sector has been named as the ‘Community Champion of the Year’ at a national awards ceremony.

Hanif Malik, of the Hamara Healthy Living Centre, was commended for his work in helping to develop the non-profit organisation at the annual National Centre for Diversity Awards in Birmingham last week.

Held at The ICC, the awards celebrate individuals from a broad range of sectors who have made a difference to their communities over the past 12 months.

Hanif was successful in his category ahead of competition from across the country and he said he was thrilled to just be nominated.

He said: “I was delighted to receive the award. It’s not just about me as an individual; it’s about all the work that the other organisations do, which I’m involved in but don’t want to take full credit for, and the community as a whole. We’re all in it together.

TEAM EFFORT: Hanif Malik said his award was down to the effort of everyone he has been involved with this year.

TEAM EFFORT: Hanif Malik said his award was down to the effort of everyone he has been involved with this year.

“From the Hamara perspective we’ve had a lot of success with the projects we’ve run. I’m also part of the ‘Gift a Gift’ foundation, which was established three years ago.”

Give a Gift was established as a way of allowing Leeds’ Muslim community to give back to the local causes through charitable initiatives for Leeds’ Children’s Heart Surgery Fund and Martin House Children’s Hospice.

 

Kicking off every year with the ‘Eid Toy Appeal’ – where hundreds of gifts are donated to children following Ramadan, a host of other fundraisers and events follow.

“I’m really proud of the work with Martin’s House Hospice and the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund. It is so rewarding,” Hanif continued.

“Community initiatives are my forte – they’re what I enjoy doing. I think they’re crucial and it’s important to put something back into the community.”

Solat Chaudhry, the Chief Executive of the National Centre for Diversity, added his praise for all those nominated in this year’s awards.

This is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the New Year with all the excellent equality, diversity and inclusion work which has been achieved throughout 2015,” he said.

The National Centre for Diversity Awards aim to advance equality, diversity, inclusion and fairness for all.

 

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Zumba, Zumba, Zumba…

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As many would agree, the girlies need little excuse for the chance to have a little dance.

With many familiar with the Zumba-dancing fitness technique, a group of ladies are now encouraging women to join them in an exhilarating all-girlie two-hour sponsored ‘Zumbathon’, to raise funds for poorly children.

Local fitness instructors Rifhat Malik and Bhranti Naik will be leading around 50 women and girls in dance and aerobic moves incorporating hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue, mambo and martial arts.

So if you fancy a good wiggle and jiggle – now’s your chance.

SUPPORTERS: Ladies from Leeds are encouraging other women to join them for a night of salsa and swaying

SUPPORTERS: Ladies from Leeds are encouraging other women to join them for a night of salsa and swaying

The initiative comes from the great work done by the Hamara Centre in Beeston, Leeds which last year launched their ‘Give a Gift’ scheme, encouraging people from Asian communities to support the charities here at home in the UK such as the Children’s Heart Unit at Leeds General Infirmary and Martin House Hospice in Leeds.

Commenting on the event, Rifhat said: “This is a great opportunity for women from all communities to come together and have some fun while exercising and at the same time raising money for these two great causes.

“The money raised will go towards saving lives and improving the health care of very ill children and as mothers we have a real empathy with the great work the two agencies both do.”

The ‘ladies-only’ event takes place on Sunday 18th May at Carr Manor Community School. The registration fee of £10 includes a free T-shirt, lunch and refreshments and there are limited places.

For further details or to book a place contact Rifhat Malik on 07734 882 116.

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