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Achievements


The YCA actively promotes and encourages achievement within the Yemeni community - and has itself been responsible for a number of laudable successes during its brief but successful life.  These include:

Achievements

Yemeni Women's Luncheon Club

The Yemeni Women's Luncheon Club was a finalist for the "Sandwell Women of Achievement 2005" for overcoming adversity.
Educational Leaflets for the Yemeni Community There have been many informative and educational leaflets produced that have been targeted to specific needs of the Yemeni Community.

For the full list of leaflets available for download/viewing please visit this page.
Linguistic Health Aid Cards The YCA has created a set of laminated credit-card sized cards for the Yemeni community.

After consultation, one of the difficulties identified within the community was making an appointment with the local GP, due to problems with identifying the need for an interpreter.  This resulted in the YCA Health Development Officer (HDO) being inundated with requests from non-English speaking members of the community to make appointments on their behalf.  After consulting with the elders it was agreed that a GP communication card would be an ideal solution.

The following inscription appears on the card:

"I am unable to speak English and would like to see a doctor.  Would you please book an appointment for me to see the doctor with an Arabic-speaking (preferably Yemeni) interpreter.  Thank you"

Yemeni Cookbook

A six-month project which ran from February to July 2004 involved the creation of a Yemeni cookbook.

This project consulted and made use of the considerable expertise and experience of many Yemeni women in the community, and their families, in helping to read, write, draw and cook.

A proper launch party was held for the book, and copies distributed to health professionals such a Diabetic nurses and dieticians, in order to help them use a better awareness of the Yemeni diet when planning treatments. In all, over 500 copies of the cookbook have been printed and distributed.

Active Life Course

This 12-week accredited course (running from January-April 2006) concentrated on basic skills focussed on raising awareness of healthy living and safe exercise. The course was well received and received extremely positive feedback, particularly from female participants.

Topics covered in the course included:

- Health & Safety associated with exercise
- Warming up and cooling down
- Contra-indicated injuries
- Sport, exercise and injury
- The value of exercise
- Healthy Eating
- Lifestyle and Health

Coronary Health Risk Screenings Held in West Bromwich in February and March 2006, and open to all members of the community of both genders of age 25 and over, this offered free screening tests to identify individuals at risk of coronary heart disease.

Tests carried out included blood pressure checks, blood glucose monitoring, cholesterol testing, body mass index tests and health history checks. The final results were assessed by a licensed medical practitioner, and advice (including GP referrals) given to all participants.
Overall, 85 male and female individuals participated in the screening tests, and it was identified that a significant number of male elders were at significant risk of coronary heart disease.
Gardening Project

Garden work was carried out by elder male members of the Yemeni community in the grounds outside the Greets Green Access Centre.  This activity proved to be highly popular with the participants, who benefited from the physical activity required.

Summer Swimming Sessions

Swimming sessions were held between June 2005 and October 2005 at Tipton Leisure Centre (Tipton) and Haden Hill Leisure Centre (Cradley Heath), with the aim of allowing women and young girls to participate in culturally sensitive physical activities.  The sessions also incorporated aqua-aerobics.

The sessions, partly funded by Sport England and the Scarman Trust, proved to be very popular, with 25 young people and 35 women accessing the project.




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