OVERVIEW OF OUR CURRENT PROJECTS
Championing a Stronger Community project will help community members improve their confidence to communicate in daily life through English language courses. Basic career knowledge, CV writing, and skill development training will be offered to young (18+) people by our career progress workshops, which will build their confidence to apply and get them ready to join the job market. The project will also address the loneliness problem in the community. Our befriending sessions will include arts and crafts, indoor games, storytelling, talks and yearly day trips with clients. This will build a social network and companionship and encourage them to contribute to society. The importance of maintaining mental and physical wellbeing will also be addressed in this project by professional health trainers through regular sessions. In addition, our parenting workshops will benefit the migrant parents, who are struggling to raise their children in Western culture. Fun activities like cooking and baking sessions will also be a part of this project.
Enhancing Employability of Young People
This project is planned exclusively with the disadvantaged young population from all ethnicity backgrounds in mind. Youth who are struggling to find jobs due to poor skills, housing conditions, family situations and financial crisis that led them into any form of disadvantage. Troubled youth and underachieving high-school and college graduates are also primary targets for this project.
Activities will include two workshops every month. The beneficiaries will be trained for numeracy and communication skills, IT skills, mentoring, basic accounting, writing a CV and cover letters, presentation skills, job searching skills, interview skills including volunteering and internships in partner organisations. This will elevate their self-confidence and give purpose to their future career prospects.
This project is planned exclusively for the disadvantaged young population from all ethnicity backgrounds in Aston. Youth who are struggling to find jobs due to poor skills, housing conditions, family situations and financial crisis that led them into any form of disadvantage, troubled youth and underachieving high-school and college graduates are the primary targets for this project. Activities will include two workshops every month for 12 months.
The beneficiaries will be trained for numeracy and communication skills, IT skills, mentoring, basic accounting, writing CV and cover letters, presentation skills, job searching skills, interview skills including volunteering and internships in partner organisations.
Healthier Mind and Body
The project will assist our beneficiaries in combatting stress, depression, anxiety and other mental health-related problems arising from poverty, domestic violence, unemployment or job dissatisfaction, bullying, racial attacks, loneliness, and deprivation. At the same time, the project will provide vital resources to combat physical issues, isolation, and separation within the communities. Participants will attend weekly 2-hour workshops for mental health awareness lectures, yoga & fitness sessions, arts & crafts, indoor games, and fun events. Our programmes will be held in collaboration with our partners Acacia Family Support, Cygnet Health Care and Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Trust.
The aim of the project is to make a positive and tangible contribution to the mental well-being of individuals in the community where the project will be taken place. More precisely, the aims of the project are to:
• help those who are disadvantaged to a healthier and brighter future
• enable every beneficiary to become independent in their daily life in as many ways possible
• remove people who are socially isolated, segregated from their communities and suffering from loneliness, away from their normal lives and day-to-day activities to a healthier, stress-free environment.
The 1971 Liberation War of Bangladesh is one of the most remarkable incidents in the history of South Asia. It was a revolution and armed conflict sparked by the rise of the Bengali nationalist and self-determination movement in the then East Pakistan. Birmingham shares a proud attachment with this memorable war as the Bangladeshis of this city formed the first East Pakistan Liberation Front in 1969. This vicious war history is unknown to many of the younger generations in Birmingham, particularly of the South Asian communities. To spread the history and heritage of this war, we will hold the screening of war documentaries, arts and crafts workshops to symbolise the exploitation, photo exhibitions, illustrated talks by the freedom fighters, a theatrical performance on war stories and oral history interviews to benefit over 500 beneficiaries. The outcomes will be to identify and explain the war heritage, to enlighten people about the facts of the conflict, and to create an amicable space for discussion and enhance the friendship between the Bangladeshi and Pakistani communities. We will publish three project magazines, a book on the project and a documentary on oral history interviews which will be archived in the library of Birmingham.
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NEW HOPE GLOBAL received a generous fund from the Ernest Hecht Charitable Foundation for the project entitled “Stay Healthy with Gardening". The project aims to engage around 80 men and women of all ages and help them to refresh and develop gardening skills, manage isolation and depression, cope with feeling low, practise of eating homegrown healthy food, communicate in a great way with family and friends via community gathering and reconnecting with nature.
The funding for a 12 months project will be utilised in different ways:
• People will learn how to utilize backyard garden space for self-sufficiency that will save cost and improve their vocational skills, and, in the process, help build a healthier community
• The people who do not have a garden they will also be trained in pot gardening and promote using recyclable plastic containers
• On-line Gardening Skills Training will be subscribed for the staff and volunteers
• Participants will be able to sell their produce within the community during the project
• The delivery of our project depends on wide outreach work within the community which seeks to engage the South Asian community inspiring them to venture outdoors, meet new people and learn a new skill.
• Our participants from past gardening projects will also be involved as a gardening champion and will transfer their skills with access to online resources and learning materials. They will offer outdoor gardening skills and experience to the new participants aiming to include at least four different inner-city areas of Birmingham.
• During the summer workshops we will offer the participants real gardening experience using our allotment space.