St. Hilda's East Community Centre - Tolly Boy
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St. Hilda’s East Community Centre

Introduction

Our vibrant centre works with people from all around the local community, welcoming people of all ages and backgrounds, offering a wide range of activities and services to benefit from. Just some of these include a Legal Advice Service which gives free, confidential advice for any issues residents may have. We provide support for parents and pre-school children through childcare and play activities for under 5s. We are also proud to engage with the younger generation with our Inspire Youth Project and Girl Guide Group. This provision aims to help develop life skills and gives them a chance to explore and discover their talents and ambitions for the future. We also have a Full Day Service for the elderly and provide exciting projects for women in the Bangladeshi community.

Current & previous projects:

  • Sonali Gardens - a day centre for elderly members of the Bangladeshi community. Our users have either suffered strokes, are housebound with heart or other chronic ill health conditions or those who experience social isolation.
  • The Boundary Women's Project - working with local Bangladeshi women in giving them ESOL (English Language) classes, training and health support. We do this in the hopes of helping women realise their own potential, especially those who experience language barriers and social exclusion. Some of this is also done through IT sessions, Keep fit classes and textile training.
  • Surajamuki ('Sunflower' in Bengali) - a project supporting youth who have disabilities in the Bangladeshi community. Our aim is to build their skills, confidence and independence through a state of the art sensory room.

How would the prize money help our community projects?

We are seeking funding for “Kushi Bagan” (Happy Garden), a new gardening and well-being project that will provide an exciting programme of activities. We aim to help our day service users stay active, and most importantly, happy! We want to establish a daily gardening group at Sonali Gardens, alongside a programme of fun and gentle exercise classes and complementary therapy. Most of the older people we work with have limited mobility and find it financially difficult to access services. This type of activity is vital in helping them to keep active, fit and to make friends. The programme will be completely free, so lack of income will not be a barrier to elderly service users taking part. We do not possess funds for this wonderful initiative, and this donation would make an amazing difference to the lives of elderly people in the Bangladeshi community – therefore, enabling us to truly spread the joy!