About migrantcommunitynetwork

Migrant Communities Network works on ways that individuals can organise themselves and to help the people of Leeds and the city’s new arrivals. Over the last year our workers and volunteers been taking a crash course on all things “Leeds” and the “UK” and then we make sure that people from our communities are getting the right messages about what services do and what they don’t do. This not only helps people who are new to the UK to navigate what can sometimes be a bureaucratic nightmare (can’t get a flat ‘til you have a bank account, can’t get a bank account ‘til you have an address etc) but it really helps Leeds’ services to do what they do best when people know what to expect and how to use the services well. Migrant Communities Network is part of Leeds Migration Partnership. This is a strategic partnership of agencies and organisations who work together to make sure that Leeds gets the benefits of migration to the city, People don’t cross oceans and continents if they don’t have something about them – and tapping in to their skills and potential can only make our city better. Watch this space. By R Loftus Leeds City Council Adult Social Care April 2012 Web site & Blog managed by Shafique Sheikh @ShafiqueSheikh Shaff.mcn@gmail.com

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The Hamara Centre hosted its annual Eid Eve Celebrations, A ladies only event which has become a regular feature on the community calendar.

Shanah Amjad and Sara Keita from Women’s Information & Support Hub were invited by Nasreen Akhtar, Coordinator of ECHO, Hamara’s Women’s support service based in Harehills.

Chand Raath roughly translated means “night of the full moon”, this is a traditional South Asian festival that comes at the end of Ramadan, the Muslims month of fasting. The evening started with a traditional Iftari ”End of days fasting” and continued into the evening, with all proceeding to be given to charity.

The evening Friday 17th August, saw Hamara full of bright colours and lovely scented smells fill the air. Henna, Facials, Head Massage, and traditions clothing and accessories were some of the items available. The evening helped the women of the local community to come together and…

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