By Taz Virdee
In the past 14 weeks Muslimah Community Group (based in the Brabazon area) has been delivering our Big Local English Conversations Classes, we are proud to announce that our local participants have successfully completed the course.
Participant Mrs. Kaur said: “The teacher was very helpful. I really enjoyed the classes. I became more confident and I am really happy to have met new ladies on the course, they are all really friendly. Before the classes I felt nervous to pick up the phone and make an appointment with the doctor but now I feel really confident to do so.”
Another participant Mrs. Mohammed added: “I enjoyed the course. I learned so many things. My confidence has improved and so has my spelling and speaking skills. Thank you very much for putting on these classes.”
Our English Conversation Club will return in September 2017. For more information about the classes please contact Salma at Muslimah Community Group on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07949781851 (Lines Open Monday to Friday 10 to 3pm).
Making our streets cleaner and colourful! An army of 27 volunteers inspire the Heston West community
On a beautiful and sunny day, Heston West’s Big Local Youth Action Team and members of The Southall based Victory Youth Group (VYG) joined forces to effect a big clean up in the streets around Cranford Community College (Redwood & Brabazon Estates) on Saturday 17th June 2017. In all, 27 youngsters aged from nine to 27 took part, with parents accompanying the little ones. The result was deemed a big success.
As with all good joint initiatives, the day started with an ice breaking game, so that attendees could introduce themselves and learn about each other by sharing their personal ‘fun facts’ (like winning a maths award, for example).
Wearing high vis jackets and yellow t-shirts, the youths then hit the streets, armed with water and hats, because the day was hot and sunny, and carrying the necessary equipment for the job, which Hounslow Highways provided. While the work was going on, some local residents expressed their appreciation of the effort being made, and a few drivers even stopped to ask about the activity.
Over a ‘thank you’ lunch back in Cranford Community College the youngsters received Community Champion Certificates from the organisers – Nancy Sidibe of the Southall UCKG HelpCentre, where the VYG is based and Taz Virdee.
Taz Virdee said: “I was amazed to see we had 27 volunteers supporting us. I am really proud of all our young people and their fantastic parents coming together making a real difference to the Heston West community. A big thank you to everyone who got involved and the incredible support from Nancy and her team of volunteers."
Nancy Sidibe added: "It was wonderful, the younger generation was leading the way to a better community."
Others commented that after the past week’s tragic events (at nearby Grenfell Tower), it was great to build community spirit and that this event was a great way to bring communities closer together.
The VYG’s involvement was under the banner of their annual ‘We Care! – Youth Engagement initiative, in which VYG groups around the country put something back into their communities, largely through environmental activities.
By Taz Virdee
Highlights from our Big Local Family Fun Community Event held on Saturday 20th May 2017 at Brabazon Community Centre in Heston, Hounslow presented by our awesome volunteers Sharon, Anjali, Serena and Juhi.
Big thanks to our fantastic young volunteers from our Big Local Youth Action Team and from our Big Local committee. Also the young film crew at MADE TV for their amazing support in creating this film.
Event was funded by Local Trust, Tesco Bags for Help & London Borough of Hounslow.
Massive thanks to our friends: Blaise Singh at MADE TV, Sudhir & Komal at Nirmal Authentic Indian, Rachel & Michaela at Bounce Theatre, Temple at Music Tots, Jack at Sykotic Beatbox, Dee and Sue for Alzheimers Society, Romana and Sammy at Fusion, Sandra at Brabazon Estate Residents Association, QPR Trust, Brentford FC Trust, Sub at UK Party Booth, Vel at Captain Fantastic, Feltham Arts, Shan and Phil at Shan Baker, Jackie at About Faces, AF (Atrial Fibrillation) Project from West Middlesex University Hospital and Robert at Traylen's Funfair.