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Isle of Dogs Bangladeshi Association

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Introduction

Our centre was established in 1985 and in the heart of Docklands. It was put in place for the welfare and benefit of the increasing Bangladeshi community in the area and still serves the community on their day-to-day needs. We aim to help and support the community by way of advice, information, signposting and various activities to address key issues they face. We have served over 2,000 people in the last year. Some of our regular activities include a Bengali mother tongue school, youth activities, and a women's project.

Current & previous projects:

  • The Pensioners' Club - there is an open day, every Saturday, for socialising, watching old films, listening to folk songs and group outings. Including facilitating discussions on local, social & political issues of this country and back in Bangladesh.
  • Advice sessions - providing information on welfare rights, housing, health, education, immigration, training, jobs, recreation and family issues, 4 days a week.
  • Mother tongue classes - an educational Bengali school run 5 evenings a week.

How would the prize money help our community projects?

The donation will be used mainly for the most popular projects. For instance, the Pensioners’ Club, advice sessions and our Bengali mother tongue school. The funds will be used for volunteer fees, refreshments, recreational activities, day trips and publicity, depending on the amount of the donation we receive. Our Bengali mother tongue school, in particular, needs funding as it is under threat of closing down as parents are unable to pay rent of £4,000 each year. Our association has not been able to raise any funding for it as of yet, so we urgently need this donation to keep it running.