YCA Sandwell
YCA Sandwell
YCA Sandwell
Arabichomeabout usactivitiesservicesyemenlinkscontact us
 
YCA - Latest News and Events
POSTED NEWS ITEM
1 April 2017

YCA Prayer Timetable for April 2017

Download the YCA Prayer Timetable for April 2017 by clicking here
1 March 2017

YCA Prayer Timetable for March 2017

Download the YCA Prayer Timetable for March 2017 by clicking here
22 February 2017

Part-Time Skills & Development Manager wanted at the YCA

The Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell Ltd (YCA) has secured funding (until August 2018) from the Big Lottery Fund - Reaching Communities, to enable disadvantaged communities in Sandwell to create a network of support to access adult learning, skills development and employment opportunities.  We are looking for an individual with experience run project that will be successful in raising the skills, confidence and aspirations of local adults (in particular Arabic speaking adults) with the aim of reducing isolation from wider society to enable them to take more control of their lives.

The successful candidate will be available to work on the project over 22.5 hours each week. Some weekend working may be required.  A person spec and job description can be viewed here.

The closing date for applications is Sunday, 5 March. Interviews are to take place on Monday, 13th March. If you have not been contacted to attend an interview, please assume your application has not been successful.

Applications can be made by sending a current CV and covering statement (not more than 2 sides of A4 covering recent experience. Applications are to be returned by email to Jennifer Harrison at jennifer@yca-sandwell.org.uk or by post, marked Private and Confidential, to:

Jennifer Harrison
Skills & Development Project Manager
Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell Limited
Greets Green Access Centre
Tildasley Street
West Bromwich
West Midlands
B70 9SJ

BBO Grantholder

9 February 2017

Exposure to Global Suffering and Secondary Trauma Workshop

YCA Tuition Classes

27 September 2016

Employment Service

My name is Ahmed Alkash and I have recently taken on a role at the Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell, as an Employment Adviser working on the Building Reachable Individual Dreams Gaining Employment & Skills (BRIDGES) project. The BRIDGES project is part of a new and exciting Building Better Opportunities (BBO) project funded jointly by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Big Lottery Fund (BLF).

The aim of the project is to provide an efficient, client focused employment service to individuals (aged 25 years and over) that are either unemployed, economically inactive or require support to engage in existing services. My role will be to work closely with individuals overcoming any identified barriers that prevent them from securing employment or going into education/further training.

I will be providing one to one support and deliver skills workshops ensuring clients are “work ready” and sufficiently skilled to take up the opportunities available. I can help with the following:

  • Confidence and motivation
  • One-to-one support to develop new skills
  • Information, Advice and Guidance
  • CV, application form and interview support
  • Internet access for job search and training activities
  • Volunteer opportunities

I am particularly keen to hear from employers who are looking to recruit employees. Please feel free to contact me on 0121-525-3909 if you require further information.

BBO GrantholderBridges

27 September 2016

YCA Tuition Classes

YCA Tuition Classes

26 September 2016

Women’s Coffee Mornings

Women’s Coffee Mornings

28 July 2016

Weston Super Mare Family Trip

Free 12 Week Physical Activity Programme

20 July 2016

Family Fun Day

Free 12 Week Physical Activity Programme

19 July 2016

Yoga Sessions (12 Week Programme)

Free 12 Week Physical Activity Programme

1 July 2016

YCA Prayer Timetable for July 2016

Download the YCA Prayer Timetable for July 2016 by clicking here
20 June 2016

Girls Youth Club Sessional Co-ordinator Post

JOB TITLE: Girls Youth Club Sessional Co-ordinator
SALARY: £10.00 an hour (pro-rata)
HOURS: 4.5 hours a week (term time only and sessional basis only)
CLOSING DATE: 11/07/2016 (5pm)

Summary of Project:
Funding has been secured from Awards for All to run weekly out of school activities targeting young girls aged 8 years plus.  The target group will primarily (but not exclusively) come from Arabian, African and South Asian ethnic backgrounds.  Overall the project aims to reduce isolation. Promote interaction with different cultures and tackle sensitive cultural subjects.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  1. Continuously advertise and promote the project to increase participation
  2. Run weekly Girls Youth Club activities on Sundays 2pm-4pm
  3. Set up/tidy up 15 minute before and after weekly activities
  4. Utilise allocated 2 hours planning hours per week to plan weekly activities and workshops
  5. Compile in advance 6 weeks of weekly activities to be delivered and seek approval of plan from line manger
  6. Purchase necessary equipment to support and enhance in the delivery
  7. Keep receipts and accurate record of expenditure budget
  8. Carry out formal evaluation of activities delivered at end of each 6 week block and submit report to Al-Nisaa Management Committee
  9. Advertise recruiting opportunities within the project
  10. Working in conjunction with the YCA ARAB project workers recruit 2 volunteers to assist with the Al’Banaat project
  11. Working in conjunction with the YCA ARAB project workers ID suitable training and support packages for volunteers
  12. Work closely with the YCA youth worker to deliver joint projects and holiday play schemes
  13. Compile 12 month programme of workshops that will tackle various sensitive topics, including: Female Genital Mutilation, Forced Marriages, Extremism, Racism, Bullying, body Images, Self-esteem, Honour Based Violence, Educational aspirations, Rights of the child and Good/Bad touching
  14. Use various modes of delivering the above workshops including sourcing external speakers/delivery partners.
  15. Evaluate effectiveness of above workshops using various user led modes of evaluation (e.g. users compiling posters, plays etc)
  16. Attend Al-Nisaa MC meetings to report on progress of project
  17. Carry out final evaluation and report ready to submit to funders
  18. Explore other funding streams to extend project further
  19. Carry out any other work as required by the Al-Nisaa MC within working hours

For further information or an application pack please call Afrah on 0121 525 3909 or email alnisaagroup@outlook.com

or alternatively you can download the forms below:

Advert, Job Description and Application Form

Closing date for applications is the close of business at 5.00pm on Monday 11th July 2016

Big Lottery Fund

This post is funded by the National Lottery

13 June 2016

Residential - Oaker Wood Leisure

During the half term, the Yemeni Youth Forum took part in a residential held at Oaker Wood Leisure in Herefordshire. The residential celebrated their achievements over the year, as well as developing the forum members through training and team building exercises.

As a reward, each forum member was provided with the opportunity to invite 1 guest each. The residential involved sleeping in glamping villages and participating in a variety of activities such as paintball, low ropes course, ariel tree trekking, monkey climbing/ zip wire, borneo breakout and quad biking.

During our stay, the young people took part in various team building exercises which emphasised the importance of communication skills and team work. Some challenges were more difficult than others as some of the participants had to overcome their fears such as acrophobia, however the young people supported each other and persevered to complete all set tasks. To encourage independence, the children had to help with all aspects of their stay, including making their food, washing up and maintaining the cleanliness of the camp.

Ahmed Alkash, YCA Youth Development Officer said “The residential was a major success as the young people had to opportunity to learn away from the conventional classroom setting. It provided them with an experience that they would not have normally had access to. Through the outing the young people were able to get to discover more about themselves and others whilst having fun. We were able to consult with the youth and get them to think about the issues that they would most like to concentrate on in the future as a team”.

From discussions with the participants found that the vast majority of young people responding enjoyed the activities very much, stating the development of new skills and achieving a sense of achievement as the most rewarding outcome.

We would like to take this opportunity to thanks BBC Children in Need for their valuable contribution, which enabled us to provide the youth forum with the necessary skills and experience to further carry out their roles more effectively.

Residential

6 June 2016

YCA Prayer Timetable for June/July (Ramadhan) 2016

Download the YCA Prayer Timetable for June/July (Ramadhan) 2016 by clicking here
27 May 2016

Total Quality Management Course

Total Quality Management Course

 

On Saturday 21st May 2016, the Total Quality Management Course took place at the YCA,
delivered by Dr Farouk M A Messahel.

Dr Farouk has worked as a Director of Continuous Quality Improvement & Patient Safety
and has published more than 60 scientific research papers and is a retired consultant in
Anaesthesia & Intensive Care.

Total Quality Management CourseTotal Quality Management Course

We had 15 people attend the course on the day and the day included topics such as
the ‘Science of Quality’, ‘Perfection’, Team Work’, ‘Audit’, ‘Monitoring’, Bench Marking’,
‘Documentation’ and ‘Incentives’.

The course was beneficial to all and was said to be “excellent” from feedback of participants.

Next course in this series TIME MANAGEMENT will be on the 16th JULY 2016 and there
are still places available.

If you would like to enrol on the course please contact Jennifer or Nadia on 0121 525 3909
or email at Jennifer@yca-sandwell.org.uk or Nadia@yca-sandwell.org.uk

23 May 2016

Emergency First Aid with Paediatric Element Course

Emergency First Aid with Paediatric Element Course

23 May 2016

Employment Support & Job Club

Employment Support & Job Club

9 May 2016

Time Management & Total Quality Management Courses

Time Management Course

Total Quality Management Course

6 May 2016

Colleen Shekerie:  Professional profile for the Chair of Lodge Road Community Centre

ColleenMy personal and professional passion is community development and mental health in all it diversity. Working with both well-established organisations and fledgling, innovative project started by highly motivated community champions and activist. My career has given me the opportunity to work with the most marginalised groups. I enjoy have probing conversations with arrange of people, capturing both the individual and community stories and using these narratives to carry out neighbourhood asset mapping and skills audits for those persons involve in service delivery. Having worked as a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor for over 20years, I am sustained in this work by my commitment to the quality of access to education and training to lift communities out of poverty.

I have worked across the Midlands with minority groups, voluntary and community organisations to ensure tailored mental health promotion programmes are developed, implemented and monitored, adhering to the principals of compassionate care and good practice.

Current I supervise and support the development and working practice of a team ten community specialist. The confidence and wellbeing team comprises of the separate but collaborating community teams which in conjunction to ascertain the needs of the Sandwell community, develop programmes to address the emotional and wellbeing needs of people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties. The Community Development Worker works collectively with a particular community or communities to bring about social change and improve quality of life; whilst the self-help workers deliver psycho educational workshops Sandwell wide. I as work as a psychotherapist with the cancer service and end of life care.

I identify key issues for emotional health and wellbeing promotion relevant to minority communities as a whole/ to individuals within communities. Providing advice and guidance to local partners and targeted groups in relation to community Health Development and how emotional health and wellbeing may be addressed via those developments. I undertake community health awareness raising and education activities related to emotional health. 

2 May 2016

Arabic For Beginners & New Courses

Arabic For Beginners

New Courses 2016

1 May 2016

YCA Prayer Timetable for May 2016

Download the YCA Prayer Timetable for May 2016 by clicking here
18 April 2016 ARAB Project Newsletter - Spring 2016

Read the latest ARAB Project Newsletter for Spring 2016 by clicking here
8 April 2016

Women's Hour

Women's Hour

4 April 2016

Free ESOL Classes at the Cradley Heath Community Centre

Women's Hour

1 April 2016

YCA Prayer Timetable for April 2016

Download the YCA Prayer Timetable for April 2016 by clicking here
12 February 2016

Free 12 Week Physical Activity Programme

Free 12 Week Physical Activity Programme

5 February 2016

Free ESOL Classes at the Lodge Community Centre

Women's Hour

11 February 2016

YCA Achieve Matrix Quality Standard

Matrix Quality StandardYCA is proud to announce that it has just passed it assessment to achieve the Matrix Quality standard.

3 years ago YCA took on board all the recommendation of the assessor and adapted them to their everyday activities, which produced a much improved service to our staff, clients and partners.

YCA continued to work hard to maintain this excellent quality standard and are waiting for the new recommendation so that further improved can be applied.

The YCA would like to thank Matrix and its assessor Paul Hesp for helping the organisation to move in the right direction and for seeing the improvement the organisation has made, thus awarding us the Matrix Standard for a further 3 years.

Matrix will continue to monitor the service is maintained to a high quality by conducting an annual inspection.

This hard work can only be contributed to the staff, clients and our wonderful partners.

1 February 2016

YCA Prayer Timetable for February 2016

Download the YCA Prayer Timetable for February 2016 by clicking here
18 January 2016

Board Reshuffle

The Yemeni Community Board would like to thank outgoing chair Ahmed Salem for 5 years of excellent work in the development of the Yemeni Community Association. In his 5 years leadership we has seen the new building of the Arabic Cultural Centre and the Management of Lodge Community Centre.Imad Al-Muflahi

The board welcomes the new Imad Al-Muflahi (pictured right) as the chairman and wish him every success.

Imad has been on the management committee for a number of years and has held the treasurers post in the past

YCA Management Committee Chart 2016:.

YCA Management Committee Chart 2016

24 November 2015

Drop In Session at the Cradley Heath Community Centre

Drop In SessionThe Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell would like to invite you for a ‘drop in session’ at the Cradley Heath Community Centre on Tuesday 1st December 2015.

Come along and see what services we currently have available and what the YCA can provide for you in the upcoming New Year!

Lets have a chat over a cup of tea or coffee and tell us what YOUR thoughts are and what activities YOU would like us to provide you with.

coffee

Address: Cradley Heath Community Centre Reddal Hill Rd, Cradley Heath, West Midlands B64 5JG

Time: 12.00pm-2.00pm

Date: Tuesday 1st December 2015

For more information please contact Nadia or Jennifer on 0121 525 3909

8 November 2015

The Welcome Project

The exact number of asylum seekers and refugees in Sandwell is unknown, but over the last few years the number has increased as a result of Sandwell being one of seven asylum seekers dispersal areas in the West Midlands.   Certainly over the last few years the YCA can corroborate this with anecdotal evidence of increased demand on its services from this population group, particularly from those who speak the Arabic Language.  Indeed with the European Refugee Crisis in combination with government plans to accept Syrian refugees over the next five years, the YCA expect these numbers to swell over the next few years.

In a direct response to increasing contact and demand service demands from asylum seekers, refugees and recently arrived migrants, the YCA and its members got together and decided to organise their efforts and activities towards the common objective of bringing communities closer together in mutual support of one another.  Therefore a reference/advisory group was established which was made up of lay members, professionals, new migrants and settled migrants who themselves had negotiated the system as an asylum seeker, refugee or new migrant.  After negotiation and consultation, it was agreed to establish ‘The Welcome Project’ with the aim of

Easing the transition and settlement of refugees (asylum seekers included) and new migrants (in particular but not exclusively Arabic speakers) to the local & surrounding area’

The group identified that the YCA already have in place a number of services that though freely open to all its users as part of its main stream services has proven to be particularly vital to asylum seekers, refugee and new migrants, this includes:

  • Welfare Rights Services
  • Advice Information and Guidance Services
  • Arabic/English interpreting and translation services
  • A certain degree of Advocacy
  • Elder Luncheon and Social Club
  • Women’s Social Club
  • Men’s Social Club
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages Classes (those with non-recourse to government funds can access)
  • Access to Arabic speaking Counselling Services
  • Volunteering Project
  • Buddy  Project (1:1 peer support)
  • CV writing and job seekers support
  • Health and Fitness Suite
  • Young people’s Social Club
  • Homework Support and Tuition Club
  • Children’s Holiday Play Scheme
  • Arabic Mother Tongue School
  • Quran Recitation Classes
  • Prayer and spiritual development facilities (sermons and sessions delivered in both Arabic and English)
  • Community Emergency Fund for those in immediate need

It was agreed that the above range of activities not only provides asylum seekers,  refugees and new migrants with practical support to access and negotiate mainstream services where eligible but also the means to build social capital and support therefore empowering and providing them with a sense of belonging.

Therefore this service aims to:

  • Contribute to the health and wellbeing of current and future asylum seekers, refugees and new migrants by reducing social risk factors adversely impacting health amongst this vulnerable group.
  • Promote social cohesion by enabling integration of asylum seekers, refugees and new migrants to UK society through the creation of social bonds.
  • Supporting asylum seekers, refugees and new migrants to establish social links (with institutes such as local and government services).
  • Strengthening the YCA’s role as a social bridge (enabling asylum seekers, refugees and new migrants to access other members of the wider communities). 
1 November 2015

YCA Prayer Timetable for November 2015

Download the YCA Prayer Timetable for November 2015 by clicking here
25 August 2015

Volunteering at the YCA

Volunteering at the YCAInterested in doing some volunteering?
Do you have a few hours or more in the week to spare?

The YCA are looking to recruit volunteers for our ‘Buddying Programme’ which will be launching in the beginning of September.
The role involves the volunteer (mentor) supporting the service user (mentee) in using the English language that they have learnt, outside of a classroom setting. This can be on a voluntary job placement or activities that the YCA will be providing throughout the year.

Make a difference to someone else’s life
By volunteering and being someone’s buddy and supporting them help improve their English can make a really big difference to their life.
It can help build their confidence, raise their self-esteem and even motivate them to go further in their learning journey.

Inspire someone or be inspired
With your support you can also motivate someone in being independent and helping their self. This will help them from being socially isolated due to lack of confidence and experience and overall low self-esteem because they can’t be understood or heard the way they want to be understood or heard.

Make yourself feel great
If you’re the type of person who enjoys helping other people, then this is the programme for you. It’s very rewarding knowing that someone did not give up on their dreams of achieving something for their self and improving their life and wellbeing, all because of the help of one individual who cared enough to give them their time and support. This person could be you!

For further information please contact Nadia on 0121 525 3909 or email me at nadia@yca-sandwell.org.uk

2 August 2015 Barry Island Pleasure Park

Barry Island

1 August 2015

YCA Prayer Timetable for August 2015

Download the YCA Prayer Timetable for August 2015 by clicking here
26 July 2015

Update on Health Awareness event

Health Awareness EventOn Thursday the 23rd July 2015, the Yemeni Community Association organised a Health Awareness event at the ILEYS community centre in Smethwick.
Those who came to the event had the opportunity to receive a free Health check by two qualified NHS nurses; where their blood pressure, blood sugars, weight and height were measured.  They were also given health advice on changes in eating habits and physical activity to stay fit and healthy.

They were given a free £10 shopping Asda voucher upon completing a questionnaire and were also given a health pack put together by the YCA, which included information on health services available in Sandwell, leisure centres and general health information so that those who have recently come into the U.K can be aware of and benefit from these services in the Sandwell borough.
We’d like to thank those who participated, such as the Nurses and one of our regular volunteers, Yarka and the following partner agencies for their support on the day: iRiS, Health Watch Sandwell, Kaleidoscope and Oscar Sandwell; who attended the event and came to assist us with their beneficial services which were in relation to what the event was promoting.

We’d also like to thank ILEYS Community Association for providing us with the venue on the day and the Brasshouse Community Centre for providing us with their light buffet of healthy sandwiches and fruits, which went with our theme of the overall purpose of the event.

Health Awareness EventHealth Awareness EventHealth Awareness Event

Logos

15 July 2015

Health Awareness Event

Health Awareness Event

The Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell (YCA) will be holding a Health Awareness Event on Thursday 23rd July 2015 between 10am to 2.30pm.

The event will take place at the ILEYS Community Association, Victoria Park Skills Centre, Corbett Street / Suffrage Street, Smethwick, B66 3PU.

The purpose of the event is to target new migrants living in the U.K for less than 5 years, and who are residing in Sandwell, with the clear purpose of them being aware of what health services are available for them and their families and how to access such services.

As part of the event, free health checks will be available by a qualified NHS nurse to those Sandwell residents when they complete a form asking basic health related questions. Upon completion, the first 30 to complete forms will receive £10 ASDA shopping voucher, along with a health information pack, filled with resource and information about the services available to them.

For further information you can contact Nadia on 0121 525 3909 or email at nadia@yca-sandwell.org.uk

1 July 2015

YCA Prayer Timetable for July 2015

Download the YCA Prayer Timetable for July 2015 by clicking here
17 June 2015

YCA Prayer Timetable for June/July (Ramadhan) 2015

Download the YCA Prayer Timetable for June/July (Ramadhan) 2015 by clicking here
3 June 2015

Trek for Aden - Lads & Dads Snowdon Challenge (UPDATE)

Snowdon
On Saturday 23rd May 2015, the Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell (YCA) organised a mount Snowdon challenge for dads and lads to raise much needed funds in aid of helping civilians caught up in Yemen's worsening conflict.

30 climbers took up the challenge of trekking up Wales’s highest mountain, to raise funds for humanitarian relief to help orphans, children and families who have been affected by the ongoing war in Aden, Yemen.


The trek was an amazing experience for all the participants as many of the trekkers experienced this sense of achievement for the first time in their lives.Snowdon

The climb brought dads and lads together to raise fund for people who are suffering as a result of this escalating conflict in Yemen.

The amount raised from the challenge and the fund day which took place on 25 May is £16000.

This money will be used to purchase food parcels for 200 families which will sustain each family for a month.

The YCA would like very much to thank everyone who donated, supported and participated in the challenge.

SnowdonSnowdon

 

 

1 June 2015

YCA Prayer Timetable for May/June (Sha’bān) 2015

Download the YCA Prayer Timetable for May/June (Sha’bān) 2015 by clicking here
27 May 2015

Family Fun Day and Prize Draw Winners announcement - Update

Family Fun DayThe Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell (YCA) would like to thank everyone who attended the family fun day at the Lodge Community Centre which was held on the 25th May 2015.

Overall, the event was well attended and a great success. With support we managed to raise £3900 in aid for the Yemen.

A series of events took place such as having mouth-watering Arabian food, barbeque and delicious desserts including cakes and scrumptious ice cream milk shakes.  There were also activities for kids such as bouncy castle, Gladiator duel and many other fun activities.

The event also took place to raise health awareness whereby free health checks were given to new migrants living in the U.K for less than 5 years, who were also given the opportunity to receive £10 ASDA shopping voucher for filling in a simple 5 minute questionnaire

Other people who attended the event were also given the opportunity to enter a free prize draw and win a £25 leisure voucher by the Sandwell Leisure Trust.
The winners are Iman al-Barq and Saba Shaif Ali.  Congratulations to them both!

We’d like to thank Sandwell Lifestyle Choices, Mytime Active, Sandwell Leisure Trust and North51; who provided us with their leaflets with information for their services and Health care advice.

We’d also like to thank Allied bakeries, Tahini Healthy Grill- West Bromwich and Al-Nisaa (Yemeni Women’s Group) and those who cooked the delicious food for contributing towards the donations of this event.

15 May 2015

YCA to launch Free ESOL Classes

YCA Free Esol

If English is not your first language, the YCA can offer you an ESOL course to develop and improve your English Language skills.

For further Information or to Register, please contact Nadia or Jennifer on 0121 525 3909.

12 May 2015

Plight of British Yemeni families separated by the war in Yemen

_82810191_45ce6161-9592-468c-8718-0c92a67fd123Due to the ongoing war in Yemen and closure of all foreign embassies, the Yemeni Communities Coordinating Council (YCCC) is arranging to submit information to the Home Office about British Yemenis stranded or separated by the war.  Some of the circumstances may be for the following reasons:

the British subject is in Yemen but will not leave without his or her Yemeni spouse who does not have an entry visa to the UK;

a British/ Yemeni couple/ family has been separated because one partner left the country whilst the other was refused entry to another country;

a British subject was out of Yemen when the war broke out and is unable to get his Yemeni partner and/or family out of Yemen.

If you would like your case to be put forward to the Home Office to be considered together with the others that have already been submitted to us, please fill in the simple one page form below.  To print this out, please use the following link to download it in pdf format.  To fill in using MS-Word, please download the file in word format(.docx) and return to your local Yemeni Community Association (YCA) or email the completed form to complaints@yccc.org.uk.

Please note: this does not prevent you from using your own means to seek assistance in this matter.  Also, we cannot guarantee any results – only that we will present the cases to the Home Office and urge them to consider the dire humanitarian conditions faced by the people who have applied.

For further information you can contact this number:   +44(0)7722 202999

(.docx) Applicant Information   (PDF) Applicant Information

Source: http://www.independentyemengroup.co.uk/?p=827

11 May 2015

Trek for Aden - Lads & Dads Snowdon Challenge

Trek For Aden

Join us for an amazing opportunity to experience the beautiful peaks of Snowdon and climb the highest mountain in England and wales.

Date: Saturday 23rd May 2015

Registration Fee: £10 with £100 Minimum Sponsorship

Minimum Age: 11 years. Children under the age of 15 years must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information or to register, please contact Ahmed on
0121-525-3909

6 May 2015

Family Fair for Humanitarian Aid in Aden - Update

On Monday 4th May, the Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell (YCA) supported by the Yemeni Youth Forum (YYF) organised a family fair to raise funds for humanitarian aid in Aden, Yemen. On the day a series of events were organised including a barbeque, Arabian cuisine food, face painting, penalty shootout, henna and bouncy castle – there was something for all ages. Together with the support of the community we were able to raise an amazing £5,500.

Speaking of the event, Ahmed Alkash - YCA Youth Development Officer said: “The event was well attended and a great success with delicious food and plenty of activities to do. It was very pleasing to see the entire community coming together and contributing to such a worthy cause. I am particularly pleased with the Yemeni Youth Forum for all their hard work and efforts. On behalf of the YCA I would like to extend a sincere thank you to the following businesses and individuals for their generous donations: Beechwood Cars Sales, Al-Nisaa (Yemeni Women’s Group), Tahini Healthy Grill – West Bromwich, Shanaz Riasoth Beauty Services, Bilal Yafai, Eman Yafai and Dilruba Wadud.”

1 May 2015

YCA Prayer Timetable for May 2015

Download the YCA Prayer Timetable for May 2015 by clicking here
20 April 2015

Family Fair for Humanitarian Aid in AdenFamily fair for humanitarian aid in Aden

The Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell (YCA) supported by the Yemeni Youth Forum (YYF) have organised a family fair to raise funds for humanitarian aid in Aden, Yemen.

Attractions on the day will include bouncing castles, face painting, henna and much more.

There will also be a barbeque and Authentic Arabian cuisine food available.

Date: Monday 4th May 2015
Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Venue: Lodge Community Centre, Lodge Road, West Bromwich, B70 8PJ

For more information please call 0121-525-3909

14 April 2015 YCA’s new Skills and Development Worker launches the “Buddy Project”

Hello, my name is Nadia. I am the current Skills and Development Project worker here at the Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell. I am responsible for the A.R.A.B (Arabian Road to Aspiration and Belief) project, which is funded by the Big Lottery Fund.

The A.R.A.B project was developed as an outcome of research that was carried out in September 2011 with three focus groups as well as face to face interviews with a total of 89 participants from six different Arabic speaking communities to find out what prevented them from accessing learning, skills development and employment opportunities.  The YCA were informed by these groups that the agencies do not market their services in the Arabic language so they were unaware of what was on offer and due to lack of confidence and language barriers. They not only have difficulties accessing these services but also continuing to use the services once accessed.

We have been delivering accredited and conversational ESOL classes within the West Bromwich and Smethwick areas through a range of partner organisations, which started in April 2014 and have proved popular and successful. If you would like to enrol in one of the ESOL classes you can request an enrolment form.

We are launching the ‘Buddy Project’. The aim of being a buddy is to work with individuals who have identified themselves as having limited English language skills and to provide them with support to access work, training or education opportunities.  Females in particular stated that even though they access courses such as ESOL, they do not use English language outside of the classroom environment due to lack of opportunity and confidence, leading to continued isolation, lack of integration and lack of aspiration to progress. This is another way in which a buddy can be a support.

The Skills and Development Project Manager (Jennifer Harrison) and I, have been in contact with a number of different organisations to find out about volunteering and potential job placement opportunities. As a result, we are looking to secure placements for those who will be interested in being a buddy or interested in offering volunteering opportunities.

Another part of the project is to support individuals who are need of help with CV’s, application forms and interview techniques. So if you require support in any of these areas please do not hesitate to contact me.

For further information or to be involved in any of our projects you can call me on 0121 525 3909 or email me at nadia@yca-sandwell.org.uk 

Thank You.

1 April 2015

YCA Prayer Timetable for April 2015

Download the YCA Prayer Timetable for April 2015 by clicking here
24 February 2015 Jennifer Harrison (MInstF)

Jennifer HarrisonJennifer is an Independent Fundraising Consultant who is working with the team here at the Yemeni Community Association on a part-time basis over the next year, to support our fundraising aspirations and raise much needed funds to support activities and services for local communities.

Jennifer, previously worked for Sandwell Council as an External Funding Officer. Having extensive experience of securing funding from a variety of funders and has helped organisations secure over £16m in her 7 years in the role. Never far away from a funding background, her previous roles include; Funding Research Assistant, a role to support organisations find out where funding opportunities were available.

Being a keen advocate of building relationships to ensure good strong partnerships with Funders, Jenn is a member of the West Midlands Institute of Fundraising Committee, and previously held the role of Chair of the West Midlands Local Authority Funding Officer Group, this being a forum where major funding bodies and policy makers come to discuss ways in which Local Authority Funding Officers can support applicants raise the quality and quantity of the applications from within their area.

When approached to join the team, Jennifer said “I would be thrilled to join such an exciting and thriving organisation”.

11 February 2015

February Half Term Activities

The YCA has planned fun activities for the February half term. The holiday programme will run from Monday 16th February until Thursday 19th February. Please see the tables below for the programme:

BOYS

Date/Time

Morning Session
10:00am – 12:00pm

Lunch
12pm – 1pm

Afternoon Session
1:00pm – 3:00pm

Monday 16th February

Football

Pizza Making

Tuesday 17th February

Fun Games

Playzone

 

GIRLS

Date/Time

Morning Session
10:00am – 12:00pm

Lunch
12pm – 1pm

Afternoon Session
1:00pm – 3:00pm

Wednesday 18th February

Fun Games

Mosaic

Thursday 19th February

Dodgeball/Zoneball

Jewellery Making

The holiday programme will be FREE OF CHARGE and open to children aged between 7 - 14 years of age. There are 25 spaces available for each gender group. All activities will be held at Lodge Community Centre, Lodge Road, West Bromwich, B70 8PJ.

Please note that all participants will receive a small bottle of drink each day, however we strongly advise that your child has a packed lunch and an additional drink to keep hydrated

If you would like any further information regarding the programme please contact Ahmed on 0121-525-3909.

10 February 2015

Lads and Dads (Male Only) Swimming Sessions

SwimmingDuring last quarter of 2014, the YCA piloted a swimming project which was very successful. It was well attended with over 90 individuals accessing the project.

Due to high demand the YCA has booked 12 weekly swimming sessions at West Bromwich Leisure Centre on Fridays from
9:00pm – 10:00pm. The first session will commence on Friday 13th February 2015. Due to its popularity we recommend that you attend early as we can only allow 50 participants into the pool.

We hope that by providing males only sessions we will be able to:

• Encourage personal and social development
• Overcome cultural barriers
• Improve health & fitness
• Bring people together

The cost of each session will be as follows:
Adult (16 years +) - £2.50
Children (up to 15 years) - £1.50

Please note: best behaviour is a must and the YCA reserves the right to dismiss/or deny entry to the pool area.

10 February 2015
Yemeni Youth Forum
Yemeni Youth ForumWant to make a difference in the local community?
The Yemeni Youth Forum may be able to help you.

What is the Yemeni Youth Forum?
The Yemeni Youth Forum is youth led committee which means that it is run by young people and is all about young people.  Young people aged 11- 18 meet every month and raise any issues of importance to them. After discussing the issues, the YYF look at different possible ways to address and tackle these issues. The YYF also influences the type of youth activities that is provided by the YCA youth program.

The benefits of being a member of the Yemeni Youth Forum include:
Outings – team buildings and networking
Learning and Skills – gain accreditation and new experiences
Challenges – helping to make key decisions that affect young people
Friendships – meeting other young people with similar interests
Representation – represent young people locally
Priority – As a member you will have priority on YCA holiday programmes & activities

What will be expected of me?
As a YYF member you will be required to:

  • Attend monthly meetings (length of meeting 1 – 1.5 hours)
  • Meet with other young people to discuss issues concerning them
  • Organise and deliver events and activities that raise the profile of YYF and the YCA
  • Produce a newsletter bimonthly

It would be helpful if the YYF members have the following attributes:
Be committed
Have an interest in youth affairs
Be able to listen and respect the views of others
Take their responsibility seriously
Not to be afraid to express their opinions

How do I become a YYF member?
Young people aged 11 – 18 who want to become members will need to download the question sheet below and complete ALL the questions. Once completed, please hand them in to Ahmed Alkash or the YCA office by Friday 20th February 2015. Once received,  you will get a letter in the post inviting you to attend a meeting at the YCA to discuss the election process and duties.

To download the YYF Questionnaire please click here.

 

4 February 2015

Skills and Development Co-ordinator Post (Project Worker) at the YCA

JOB TITLE: Skills and Development Coordinator (Project Worker)
SALARY: £10.00 (per hour)
HOURS: 22.5 hours per week
CLOSING DATE: 17/02/2015 (5pm)

Background information:
The Yemeni Community Associations’ main thrust is to actively encourage participation of the various members of the community to contribute to social change and thus improve their quality of life. The YCA works with individuals, families and communities to empower them to identify and voice health, social, environmental and economical issues affecting them.

The YCA has secured funding from the Big Lottery Fund - Reaching Communities, to enable disadvantaged communities in Sandwell to create a network of support to access adult learning, skills development and employment opportunities. This role will entail the successful candidate to run a project which will be successful in raising the skills, confidence and aspirations of local adults (in particular Arabic speaking adults) with the aim of reducing isolation from wider society to enable them to take more control of their lives.

We are looking to recruit a Skills & Development Coordinator who can work on their own initiative and assist the YCA to fulfil its obligation in meeting the outcomes and outputs as stipulated in the Big Lottery Fund – Reaching Communities.

Job Summary:
The YCA has secured funding from the Big Lottery Fund-Reaching Communities to enable disadvantaged communities in Sandwell to create a network of support to access adult learning, skills development and employment opportunities. This role will entail the successful candidate to run a project which will be successful in raising the skills, confidence and aspirations of local adults (in particular Arabic speaking adults) with the aim of reducing isolation from the wider society to enable them to take more control of their lives.

Therefore the successful candidate will be required to work on their own initiative and assist the YCA to fulfil its obligation in meeting the outcomes and outputs as stipulated in the Big Lottery Fund-Reaching Communities.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. To establish a project steering group consisting of suitable members, who will support and   
    advice the Skills and Development Coordinator  to deliver the project
  2. To hold monthly meetings with project steering group which will include compiling an Agenda,  
    sending calling notices and writing minutes of meeting.
  3. To compile annual work plan in conjunction with the steering group and the YCA management team.
  4. To identify and deliver a suitable marketing informing the wider community of the project.
  5. To recruit project beneficiaries to the project.
  6. To compile and ensure project beneficiaries regularly complete journals to establish a baseline, agree action plan and tracking journey of beneficiaries whilst on the project.
  7. To establish weekly informal and formal English Speaking & Listening classes.
  8. To support adults to access a range of adult learning, skills development and employment 
    opportunities.
  9. To network and recruit local businesses who will offer volunteering opportunities for project    
    beneficiaries.
  10. To identify and deliver various bilingual (Arabic & English) in house accredited and non-   
    accredited courses per annum.
  11. To deliver and recruit to confidence building workshops
  12. To deliver and recruit to job club workshops
  13. To deliver celebration/good practice sharing events aimed at project beneficiaries, stakeholders and delivery partners.
  14. To support the project steering group to eventually develop the skills and confidence to become  
    a formal group.
  15. To work closely and effectively with other departments of the YCA in order to provide efficient     
    and seamless service.
  16. To be willing to undertake training as deemed necessary to fulfil the role.

Other duties include:

  1. Provide appropriate cover in absence of other members of the YCA team
  2. To demonstrate a commitment and understanding to the organisation, vulnerable adults, child    
    protection, confidentiality and equal opportunities policies.
  3. To carry out all duties in line with the YCA’s policies and procedures
  4. At all times undertake work in a safe manner, as not to endanger self or others
  5. To undertake such other duties as may be required to achieve the YCA’s objectives and workload
    e.g.

    i. Handle telephone calls
    ii. Take room hire/ conference bookings
    iii. Carry out general administration duties
    iv. Customer Services
    v.  Prepare/tidy up training rooms.

VACANCY SUBMISSION:
The individual who is appointed must meet a certain criteria which includes experience of project management, good leadership skills and experience of working with voluntary and community groups in particular BME communities.

The worker’s will be working in particular with the Arabic community and cultural awareness would be an advantage for this post.

We welcome applications from all parts of the community.

The YCA is an equal opportunities employer

Applicants will need to have 2 references and undergo Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service Clearance.

For further information or an application pack please call Chuti or Ahmed at the Yemeni Community Association on 0121 525 3909 or email info@yca-sandwell.org.uk

or alternatively you can download the forms below:

Advert, Job Description and Application Form

Closing date for applications is the close of business at 5.00pm on Tuesday 17th February 2015

Registered charity number 1109403

This post is funded by the Big Lottery Fund Big Lottery Fund

27 November 2014

Community Champions 2014

Congratulation to the following for receiving community champions awards at YCA Annual General Meeting on the 22nd November:

Community Champions 2014

 

Carole Muflihi
Over the years Carole Muflihi has offered her voluntary service to the community. She has helped organise many charitable events and activities. Many regularly see her every Friday as she greets people into the centre for Friday prayers. By Carole volunteering at the centre on Fridays, she has enabled the YCA male staff to attend the sermon and participate in the special Friday prayers. She is a prime example of how a senior citizen gives time to help the community.

Mohammed Yafai
Mohammed Yafai has become one of our own community’s success stories. He is an accomplished business man in the car trade. He is a humble person who regularly sponsors our community’s events and donates to the Arab Cultural Project..
Once again this is a fine example where once an employee of the organisation is now supporting its development. He is a person who still has this community at heart and now sees his children benefiting from its services.

Saleh Saeed
Saleh Saeed is one of the youngest business entrepreneurs in our community. I am proud to say that he is a role model to all our youth. He has come through our youth program since the age of 6 years old at our Arabic School on Lodge Road.
Saleh has never forgotten his community and his business Tahini regularly supports our charity activities. Currently, he is also a member of the YCA Management Committee.

Debbie Elwell
The partnership between Debbie and our organisation started over 4 years ago. She was based at our centre where she worked with clients experiencing emotional and wellbeing issues. She has helped many people manage difficult emotions and overcome challenges.
Currently she is the chairperson of the Lodge Community Centre and regularly attends our full board management committee meetings. Debbie has become a community champion for all her voluntary services within the wider Sandwell community.

Jaraslova Malova
Jaraslova has been volunteering for almost a year at our centre. She wanted to improve her spoken English and develop her administration skills within a community setting. During her time at the YCA she has helped us to reach into the Eastern European communities to carry out questionnaires towards our STEP health project.
Jaraslova is a joyful member of the YCA team and a pleasure to work with. She is excellent example of a person whom has embraced working in a new diverse community.

11 November 2014 Food and Hygiene Course / Confidence Building Workshop

Hi everyone my name is Chuti and I work as the Skills and Development Co-ordinator at the Yemeni Community Association. I am responsible for the A.R.A.B (Arabian Road to Aspiration and Belief) project.  Before I provide you with information about the project, I would like to begin by giving you some details of how this project was developed.

This project was developed as an outcome of research that was carried out in September 2011 with three focus groups as well as face to face interviews with a total of 89 participants from six different Arabic speaking communities to find out what prevented them from accessing learning, skills development and employment opportunities.  The YCA were informed by these groups that the agencies do not market their services in the Arabic language so they were unaware of what was on offer and due to lack of confidence and language barriers they not only have difficulties accessing these services but also continuing to use the services once accessed.

As a result of this research one of the main initiatives developed is the buddy project. The aim of this initiative is to work with individuals who have limited English language skills and to provide them with support to access work, training or education opportunities.  Females in particular stated that even though they access courses such as ESOL, they do not use English language outside of the classroom environment due to lack of opportunity and confidence. As a result they were unable to develop their English language skills leading to continued isolation, lack of integration and lack of aspiration to progress. 

We have generated interest and recruited six buddies. We have volunteers who will be starting as volunteers at the Arabic school, in administration positions and with Greets Green Children’s Centre. The volunteers will be provided with support from their buddies whilst they are in these positions and will be able to discuss any barriers they face with their buddies.

As part of my role I provide employment support and co-ordinate the delivery of courses. We have engaged with fifty three people over the past year who have accessed education, training and employment support. Ten women successfully passed an English course that was delivered at the YCA which was funded by STEP.

We will be running a Food and Hygiene course and a confidence building course. If you are interested in putting your name forward for these courses please contact me the details are below.

We have also helped individuals into employment. This has included two ladies who have secured employment as Lunchtime Supervisors and two other ladies who have secured catering positions. If you require help with your CV, application forms or job search or are interested in any volunteering opportunities in administration, retail or childcare please do not hesitate to contact me on  0121 525 3909 or chutinderpal@yca-sandwell.org.uk.

To download the Food and Hygiene Course Poster please click here.

To download the Confidence Building Workshop Poster please click here.

 

20 October 2014

YCA Annual General Meeting 2014

I would like to inform all members that the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell will take place on Saturday the 22nd of November 2014 at 10.30am at the YCA, Greets Green Access Centre, Tildasley Street, West Bromwich.

This is an opportunity for members to hear about the work and development of the YCA over the past year and also be an opportunity for members to participate in the elections to vote for members onto the Management Committee of the YCA.

The elections will be conducted on the same day as the AGM and any member who wants to be nominated onto the Management Committee, should complete the enclosed nomination form and return it to the YCA office no later than 5.00pm on Friday the 14th of November 2014. All sections of the nomination form must be completed in full and any incomplete form will not be accepted. All nomination forms must be accompanied with two passport size photographs of the nominee. To vote at the AGM please ensure that you are YCA member.

Please note that the membership list will be closed on the 24th October 2014 and no new members will be accepted after this date. New members will only be accepted after the first meeting of the Management Committee that will be held after the AGM.

The Annual General Meeting is an important meeting for the YCA and I urge all members to attend.

I look forward to seeing you all on the day.

Ahmed Salem
Chair of the YCA

To download the Arabic AGM Calling Notice please click here.

To download the Nomination Form please click here.

 

22 September 2014

Yemeni Community Coordinating Committee (YCCC) Family Funday

The Yemeni Community Coordinating Committee (YCCC) arranged a Family Funday for all communities across the UK to attend.

There was plenty to do during the day with activities from  Bouncy castle, face paint, Arabs got talent, art & craft, henna tattoos, penalties, race game, basketball, storytelling, makeup artist and many more…

The event was arranged by the 5 Liverpool Yemeni organisations and promoted by YCCC.

The day won’t be complete without a 7 a side football tournament where all members of the Yemeni Communities brought teams to play.  YCA Sandwell is pleased to report that we were undefeated in our 7 matches, winning all of them. The icing on an excellent funday and football tournament was beating our local rivals the Amanah 2-0 in the final.

Well done to the 5 Liverpool Yemeni Communities getting together and making it a fantastic day for all who attended.

Big thanks to YCCC for promoting and encouraging community cohesion since it was formed late last year.
And finally my biggest thanks must go to our lads whom made YCA Sandwell proud for winning the football tournament.
YCCC Family FundayYCCC Family Funday

15 September 2014

Farewell to Afrah Muflihi

Afrah MuflihiOn the 10th of September 2014, the YCA said goodbye to Afrah Muflihi who has dedicated 11 years of her life working to enhance and enrich the lives of members of the Arabic speaking community in Sandwell in particular and the wider community in general.

Afrah’s post sadly came to an end as a result of the cut backs that have impacted on the voluntary sector.

During her work for the YCA, Afrah brought a great deal of positive change and empowerment to members of the community. 

The Legacy of Afrah’s tremendous community work can be illustrated in the engagement of the women, improving the health conditions of members of the community and in her position as a fundraising officer which brought more than one million pounds over the 11 years to support the work of the organisation.

Afrah is going back to work in midwifery and the community as a whole wishes her every success for the future.

27 June 2014

Ramadhan Kareem

Ramadhan KareemAssalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.

The Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell would like to announce that the first of Ramadhan is on Sunday 29th June.

Isha & Taraweeh prayers will be held at the Lodge Community Centre starting from 11pm on Saturday 28th June (Lodge Road, West Bromwich, B70 8PJ).

Download the YCA Ramadhan Prayer Timetable for 2014 by clicking here
Download the Ramadan Health Guide by clicking here
Download the Managing Diabetes During Ramadan Guide [Arabic] by clicking here

Ramadhan Kareem to everyone fasting in this blessed month.

9 June 2014 YCA Launches the Yemeni Memories

Yemeni MemoriesOn the 5th June the YCA launched the exhibition of the Yemeni Memories. Yemeni Memories is a lottery heritage funded project which captures the lives and experiences of the settled Yemeni community in Sandwell.

The Yemeni Memories book captured the historical photographs and stories of both the first and second generation Yemeni community who came to settle in Sandwell. The stories captured are individual experiences, personal accounts and journeys of this little known about community.

To support the book a touring exhibition has been created which will enable the YCA to share the project with the wider Sandwell community. We are hoping to be able to be able to showcase the exhibition at Sandwell libraries and Museums.

Yemeni MemoriesIn addition to the Yemeni Memories book and the touring exhibition the YCA also captured traditional Yemeni cooking through the creation of the Yemeni Kitchen DVD. This DVD features cooking lessons of how to make traditional Yemeni dishes and is aimed at being a learning resource for future generations and non-Yemenis.

The Official launch was attended by well over 100 dignitaries, partners and stakeholders. A short presentation was delivered at the beginning of the launch, followed by networking, tour of the exhibition and a traditional Yemeni lunch.

The feedback from attendees of the launch was very positive with a number of organisations and local schools asking for the touring exhibition to be exhibited at their venues.

The YCA would like to take the opportunity to thank the Heritage Lottery Fund for financially supporting this project, contributors to the Yemeni Memories and Faiz Alowadh for excellently coordinating the project.Yemeni MemoriesYemeni MemoriesYemeni Memories

19 May 2014 YCA contributes to big donation for Mayor’s Charities

YCA contributes to big donation for Mayor’s CharitiesMembers of the Muslim community across Sandwell, which included the YCA in Sandwell, have raised £5,000 for the Mayor’s two charities. It’s the largest donation Mayor Councillor Linda Horton has received this year – and is thought to be one of the largest received by a Sandwell mayor.

The cash will go to Better Understanding of Dementia for Sandwell (BUDS) and Birmingham Midland Eye Centre.

Council deputy leader Councillor Mahboob Hussain said:

“The Muslim community wanted to support these charities because they help so many people across Sandwell.

“This was a very big effort by the community and I know the Mayor was delighted to receive the donation. It shows what can be achieved when the community works together.”

In addition to the Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell, donations also came from the following Mosques:

  • Corbett Street Mosque, Smethwick
  • Plant Street Mosque, Cradley Heath
  • Oldbury Road Mosque, Oldbury
  • Lewisham Road Mosque, Smethwick
  • Gate Street Mosque, Tividale
  • Dartmouth Street Mosque, West Bromwich
  • Binfield Street Mosque, Tipton
9 May 2014 Voluntary Organisation of the Year Award

Award

The YCA in Sandwell are proud to have achieved overall winner in the West Bromwich Community Recognition Award 2014 in the category of Voluntary Organisation of the Year Award organised by Sandwell MBC.

The Award was in recognition of the contribution the YCA makes to the local community:

The YCA helps families from the local community by providing cultural orientation, educational development, skills training and healthy living.Their work with disaffected young people and support for women is particularly outstanding.

 

27 March 2014 Free Childcare Courses

Sandwell Adult Family Learning (SAFL) will be running free Level One childcare courses at the YCA.

If you are interested in registering or would like further information, please contact Chuti on 0121 525 3909 or at our address;

Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell,
Greets Green Access Centre,
Tildasley Street,
West Bromwich,
B70 9SJ

To download the Flyer please click here.

 

17 March 2014 Free ESOL Classes

Hi everyone my name is Chuti and I work as the Skills and Development Coordinator at the Yemeni Community Association. In my role I offer employment support to individuals who need help with CV’s, job application forms and interview techniques. We are also currently running free ESOL classes, if you are interested in attending these classes please do not hesitate to call me on 0121 525 3909 or by email at chutinderpal@yca-sandwell.org.uk.  

Another initiative that we have is the buddy initiative. The aim of this initiative is to work with individuals who have limited English language skills and to provide them with support to access work, training or education opportunities. If this is an initiative that you would like to participate in as a buddy or as a beneficiary please contact me to receive further information.

We will also be starting accredited ESOL classes in April so if you are interested in enrolling onto this class, or if there are any other courses that you would like to do which are not mentioned here please contact me on 0121 525 3909.

 

13 March 2014

Introduction of the Yemeni Community in Sandwell

Yemeni CommunityThe Yemeni Community Association (YCA) is a small community-based organisation, that seeks to represent and meet the growing needs of the inhabitants of Sandwell, in particular Yemenis, and now an increasing number of other Arabic speaking communities in Sandwell.

It does this by providing services over and above those available in the mainstream sector, and also by acting as an interface between the community and various service providers. The YCA was formed in 1997 and registered as a charity in 1998. Since its inception, the YCA has tackled numerous community issues through partnerships and cooperation with other local statutory and voluntary organisations.

The 2011 Census found that 0.3% of Sandwell population identified themselves as ‘Arab[s]’. However, from our in depth and grass-root knowledge of the community, we know that this is not a true numerical reflection of the total Arab population in Sandwell, with some Arabs choosing to identify themselves according to their country of origin (national), rather than their Arab (ethnic) identity.

Indeed, the YCA estimates there are at least 250 Yemeni families within the Borough of Sandwell, with most being fully paid members of YCA. The usual ‘profile’ of Arab families that the YCA engages with, tends to be one of unemployment and a low-skills base. These disadvantages are compounded by further cultural and language issues, which often makes it doubly difficult for the Arab communities to access mainstream services and liaison organisations.

Other issues of growing concern within the community include;

  • The generally poor health of many individuals
  • A lack of proper access to health screening programmes
  • A measurable low uptake of general health care.
  • Lack of engagement in adult education and skills development services
  • Overtly high poverty levels
  • The risk of marginalisation of Arab Muslim people
  • Disempowerment of Arab Muslim youths
  • Alienation causing an inability to integrate into wider British society.

Introduction of the Project

Yemeni Memories:
Yemeni MemoriesYemeni Memories is a Heritage project which reflects the lives and experiences of the settled Yemeni community of Sandwell. It is well known that in mid-1800s the first Yemeni settlers arrived in South Shields and Cardiff and was one of the first Black and minority ethnic communities to settle in the UK. However, there is a distinct lack of knowledge and understanding regarding the life and experiences of the post-war migration of Yemeni settlers in the UK. Yemeni Memories is then, the unknown story of how Yemeni males and their families eventually came to settle permanently in Sandwell.

It is through the Yemeni Memories project that the YCA in Sandwell would like to develop a local Yemeni heritage map. This will be captured through oral stories, historical photographic exhibition and DVD featuring traditional Yemeni cooking, which can be shared with the whole Sandwell community. The project will largely focus on the period from 1950s until the current day, exploring how and why Yemeni male migrants and their families came to settle in Sandwell as well as how they have developed their community and maintained aspects of their heritage, particularly through the teaching, learning and cooking of traditional, delicious Yemeni dishes!

Yemeni MemoriesYemeni Memories

4 February 2014 ARAB Project

Hi everyone my name is Chuti and I work as the Skills and Development Co-ordinator at the Yemeni Community Association. I am responsible for the A.R.A.B (Arabian Road to Aspiration and Belief) project.  Before I provide you with information about the project, I would like to begin by giving you some details of how this project was developed.

This project was developed as an outcome of research that was carried out in September 2011 with three focus groups as well as face to face interviews with a total of 89 participants from six different Arabic speaking communities to find out what prevented them from accessing learning, skills development and employment opportunities.  The YCA were informed by these groups that the agencies do not market their services in the Arabic language so they were unaware of what was on offer and due to lack of confidence and language barriers they not only have difficulties accessing these services but also continuing to use the services once accessed.

As a result of this research one of the main initiatives developed is the buddy project. The aim of this initiative is to work with individuals who have limited English language skills and to provide them with support to access work, training or education opportunities.  Females in particular stated that even though they access courses such as ESOL, they do not use English language outside of the classroom environment due to lack of opportunity and confidence. As a result they were unable to develop their English language skills leading to continued isolation, lack of integration and lack of aspiration to progress. 

I have been in contact with a number of different organisations to find out about opportunities that they are able to offer. We have been successful in securing placements with the Greets Green Children’s Centre for individuals who are interested in working with children or administration and Brushstrokes where individuals have the opportunity to work in a shop environment, interpreting or an outreach role.

I also provide support to individuals who are need help with CV’s, application forms and interview techniques. So if you require support in any of these areas please do not hesitate to contact me.

We will also be delivering accredited ESOL classes starting in April 2014. If you are interested in signing up for the ESOL class please do not hesitate to contact me.

If you would like further information about any of the above initiatives, please contact me on 0121 525 3909 or by email at Chutinderpal@yca-sandwell.org.uk.

 

3 December 2013 YCA Community Champions 2013

The Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell Management Committee every year nominates Community Champions to acknowledge and recognise their positive contributions to the advancement, development and meeting the needs of members of the community in Sandwell.

This year the following Community Champions have been recognised for their excellent contributions and for putting the needs of the community first:

Liz Nembhard
The first award goes to Liz Nembhard from Sandwell Council.

Liz has been a source of strength and support for the Yemeni community and is always in her work demonstrating unwavering commitment to putting the needs of communities in Sandwell first.

Liz provides a strong link between the community and the Council. In her work, Liz always demonstrates commitment, genuineness, care and overall is a person who always puts the needs of the people of Sandwell first in everything she does.


Click on the Image above to Enlarge

 

Richard Holder
The second award goes to Richard Holder from West Midlands Police.

Richard is affectionately known to his colleagues and Friends as “Noddy Holder”.

Richard is the link that we currently have with the Police and in his work, Richard always endeavours to promote the needs of the community, keeping the community safe and is continuously approachable providing information and support for the Yemeni community.



Click on the Image above to Enlarge

 

Arwa Almuflahi
Finally the third award goes to Arwa Almuflahi.

We are proud to recognise that Arwa is the first lady of the YCA as she became the first female to hold the position of chair of the Management committee in the early history of the association.

Arwa has also served as a management committee member for a number of years, has made a positive contribution to the development of the organisation and is a positive role model for Yemeni women in Sandwell.


Click on the Image above to Enlarge

 

12 August 2013 The Yemeni Community Association (YCA) in Sandwell secures £50,000 from Sporting Legacy Fund

Sporting Legacy FundThe YCA in Sandwell secures £50,000 Olympic legacy funding from Sports England’s inspired Facilities fund.  Sports England today revealed that more than 1,300 local sports projects across the country have now received National Lottery funding through Inspired Facilities, part of its Olympic and Paralympics legacy programme.

The funding will be used to upgrade changing rooms and insert new sports hall floor at Lodge Community Centre in West Bromwich, which is managed by the YCA.

To celebrate the award local people are being invited to a free Badminton taster session at Lodge Road Community Centre on the 15th August from 10.00 am till 5.00 pm.  Please contact Yhaia on 0121 553 2013 to register.

Sports England Chair, Nick Bitel, said: “a year on from the Olympics, this National Lottery investment is helping us deliver a lasting sporting legacy in West Bromwich.”

With investment now on offer from our Inspired Facilities Fund until 2017, we look forward to supporting many more sports clubs in the Sandwell region who play such a vital role in grassroots sports.

The YCA’s Chief Executive Officer said “we are absolutely thrilled to secure this funding to upgrade Lodge Community Centre with the aim of enabling local people to access sports that is on their doorsteps.”
The chair of Lodge Community Centre Partnership Board Debbie Elwell said: “This is fantastic news and this will regenerate the centre”

The YCA is one of well over 300 projects across England receiving lottery investment fund form the fourth round of the Inspired Facilities fund and one of more than 1,300 to benefit overall.
Many more communities are now set to benefit from the hugely popular fund, after Sports England today announced it was extending Inspired Facilities until 2017, with an additional £40 million of National Lottery funding to invest.  Bids will be accepted for the next round of Inspired Facilities.

 

16 July 2013

Skills Development Co-ordinator Post at the YCA

JOB TITLE: Skills Development Co-ordinator
SALARY: £22,000 (per annum)
HOURS: 37.5 hours per week (May include evening and weekend work)
CLOSING DATE: 26/07/2013

Background information:
The Yemeni Community Associations’ main thrust is to actively encourage participation of the various members of the community to contribute to social change and thus improve their quality of life. The YCA works with individuals, families and communities to empower them to identify and voice health, social, environmental and economical issues affecting them.

The YCA offers a wide range of services from its current community base, the Greets Green Access Centre and is looking at developing outreach services from other venues including Smethwick, Cradley Heath and the YCA’s newly acquired management of Lodge Road Community Centre.

Job Summary:
The YCA has secured funding from the Big Lottery Fund - Reaching Communities, to enable disadvantaged communities in Sandwell to create a network of support to access adult learning, skills development and employment opportunities. This role will entail the successful candidate to run a project which will be successful in raising the skills, confidence and aspirations of local adults (in particular Arabic speaking adults) with the aim of reducing isolation from wider society to enable them to take more control of their lives.

Therefore the successful candidate will be required to work on own initiative and assist the YCA to fulfil its obligation in meeting the outcomes and outputs as stipulated in the Big Lottery Fund – Reaching Communities.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. To establish a project steering group consisting suitable members, who will support and advice the coordinator to deliver the project.
  2. To hold monthly meetings with project steering group which will include compiling Agenda sending calling notices and writing minutes of meetings.
  3. To compile annual work plan in conjunction with the project steering group and the YCA management team.
  4. To Identify and deliver a suitable marketing campaign informing the wider community of the project.
  5. To recruit project beneficiaries to the project
  6. To compile and ensure project beneficiaries regularly complete journals to establish a baseline, agree action plan and tracking journey of beneficiaries whilst on the project.
  7. To establish weekly informal and formal English Speaking & Listening classes
  8. To create and co-ordinate a volunteering programme, that would enable the creation of a network of peer support mentors, ‘buddies,’ who will support adults to access a range of learning, skills development and employment opportunities.
  9. To recruit, train and co-ordinate the delivery of volunteer to become ‘buddies’
  10. To hold weekly/bi-weekly team meetings with the volunteer ‘buddies’ to enable effective feedback mechanism.
  11. To support adults to access a range of adult learning, skills development and employment opportunities
  12. To network and recruit local businesses who will offer volunteering opportunities for project beneficiaries
  13. To identify and deliver various bilingual (Arabic & English) in house accredited and non-accredited courses per annum
  14. To deliver and recruit to confidence building workshops
  15. To deliver and recruit to job club workshops
  16. To deliver celebration/good practice sharing events aimed at project beneficiaries, stakeholders and delivery partners
  17. To support the project steering group to eventually develop the skills and confidence to become a formal group
  18. To identify, network and develop partnership work with a range of statutory and voluntary organisations as well as other stakeholders.
  19. To carry out a midway and end of project evaluation using a range of identifiable suitable methods to carry out the evaluation aiming to answer the ‘self evaluation key questions’ as stipulated in the funding application.
  20. To complete and collect required monitoring information and data output/outcomes as part of the project and YCA’s monitoring requirement.
  21. To complete comprehensive reports within a timely manner as and when stipulated by the funding organisation
  22. Provide the project manager with the necessary information and assistance to enable set YCA reports to be compiled, completed and submitted on a quarterly basis.
  23. To work closely and effectively with other departments of the YCA in order to provide efficient and seamless service
  24. To continually assess and review the needs of service users and where necessary in partnership with the YCA’s management team advice and adapt services to ensure service users needs are being met.
  25. To work closely with the YCA’s management team to ensure the financial control of budgets and outputs for the project are being met.
  26. To be willing to undertake training as deemed necessary to fulfil role.

Other duties include:

  1. Provide appropriate cover in the absence of other members of the YCA team
  2. To demonstrate a commitment and understanding to the organization vulnerable adults, child protection, confidentiality and equal opportunities polices.
  3. To carry out all duties in line with the YCA’s policies and procedures
  4. At all times undertake work in a safe manner, as not to endanger self or others.
  5. To undertake such other duties as may be required to achieve the YCA’s objectives and workload e.g
    • Handle telephone calls
    • Take room hire/conference bookings
    • Carry out general administration duties
    • Customer Services
    • Prepare/tidy up training rooms

VACANCY SUBMISSION:
For further details and to request an application pack please contact Ragih Muflihi on 0121 525 3909 or alternatively you can email info@yca-sandwell.org.uk

Completed applications to be returned to Mr. Ragih Muflihi by 5:00pm, Friday 26th July 2013 (Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell Limited, Greets Green Access Centre, Tildasley Street, West Bromwich, West Midlands. B70 9SJ).

This post is funded by the Big Lottery Fund Big Lottery Fund

21 June 2013

Saleh Saeed OBE

Saleh Saeed OBEVice Chair of the YCA in Sandwell, Saleh Saeed has been bestowed with the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his contribution to humanitarian work.  Saleh is presently the CEO of the Disaster Emergency Committee and has also led Islamic Relief for four years. 

Saleh said:

“I’m truly and deeply honored to receive this honour, and surprised.  I am sure there are many more deserving people.”

Saleh Saeed has been part of the YCA in Sandwell for over 15 years and is a founding member of the organisation and  has supported it to grow into the successful and thriving community organisation that it presently is.  On behalf of the community we would like to publically congratulate Saleh for achieving this honor.

18 June 2013

YCA secures Management of Lodge Road Community Centre

Lodge Road Community CentreThe YCA are pleased to announce that from April 2013, it has secured the management of Lodge Road Community Centre in West Bromwich.  Lodge Road Community Centre (LRCC) is a well-used centre in the heart of West Bromwich community that is open and accessible to a number of groups from diverse backgrounds. The YCA were successful in its bid setting out how the organization proposes to develop the centre into a community hub of local strategic importance by providing a variety of high quality services to local people.

Since taking over management of the centre, the YCA has increased the number of regular bookings from outside users and it hopes to continue attracting new users through a variety of promotional work as well as securing funding to improve the aesthetics of the building. 

For further information on affordable room hire facilities contact the Centre Manager, Yhaia Haffidh at Lodge Road Community Centre on 0121 553 2013.

10 June 2013

Big Lottery Reaching Communities Award YCA £258,000

Big Lottery FundWe are pleased to announce that the Big Lottery Reaching Communities have awarded the YCA in Sandwell £258,000 to run a 5 year project aiming to raise the aspiration and confidence of the Arabian community within Sandwell enabling them to take more control of their lives.

The project’s overall aim is to facilitate the Arab communities in Sandwell to create a network of support where they will assist one another to access Adult learning, skills development and employment opportunities that will enable them to raise the confidence and aspiration of the community, reducing their sense of isolation from the wider British community and thus assist them to take more control of their life,

The project will also create a tailored learning, skills development and employment programme where individuals will be supported to identify and address perceived and actual barriers to progression.  Individuals will be peer supported to access accredited learning, skills development, employment, Personal Development courses and volunteering opportunities that will contribute to improving their future prospects.

7 June 2013

YCA Awarded funding from Lottery Heritage Fund

Lottery Heritage FundWe are pleased to announce that  the Lottery Heritage Fund have awarded the YCA in Sandwell £54,600 to capture the life stories, traditions and experiences of the Yemeni community who have settled in Sandwell and its surrounding neighborhoods.

The project will reflect the lives and experiences of the Yemeni community who have settled in the Backcountry namely within the metro borough council of Sandwell.  This reflection will be captured through oral stories, historical photographic exhibition and DVD of traditional Yemeni cooking.  These resources that will be exhibited for future generations and the broader local community to learn from and enjoy, archived for future preservation and for future generations to benefit from.   Partners will include local schools, the library service and local heritage centres. The project will be community led with a steering group co-ordinating activity through the appointment of a Project Co-ordinator and the involvement of volunteers.

2 June 2013

Ladies Only - Aerobics & Legs, Bums & Tums‏

New health sessions will be running at the Lodge Road Community Centre.

The sessions are WOMEN ONLY and will start on 4th June 2013 from 6:00pm - 7:00pm.

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact Luke on 07964 415 182.

Download the poster by clicking here

24 April 2013 Easter Fun with the Yemeni Community Association

Earlier this month the YCA put on another exciting programme for children aged between 7 to 14 years living in Sandwell. Children and young people had the opportunity to participate in fun and recreational activities keeping them active and happy during the school holiday.
The Easter programme provided three days of activities each week, which included the following activities: Football, Playtime at Jesson Park, T- shirt making, Movie time, Pool, Table tennis, Fifa 13 tournament & Internet Surfing.

Ahmed Alkash, Youth Development Officer commented “Congratulations to everyone who took part in our fantastic Easter Programme. The feedback we received from participants has been fantastic. It was pleasing to know that parents also expressed how grateful they are for the YCA for delivering holiday programmes. The YCA will endeavour to continue building on this success at each school holiday

The YCA would like to take this opportunity to thank BBC Children in Need for their valuable contribution, which enabled us to provide a successful Easter programme.

For more information regarding the holiday programmes or other youth programmes running at the YCA, please call Ahmed on 0121 525 3909 or email ahmed@yca-sandwell.org.uk.

22 March 2013 AIG February-March 2013 Feedback

As part of its endeavors to improve services to clients the YCA has started to implement an outcome based evaluation of its Advice, Information and Guidance (AIG) services.  This includes asking clients to complete a short questionnaire evaluating the impact that the AIG services has had on their lives.  The YCA has also set itself ambitious targets in which to measure the success of its AIG services and each month the YCA will analyze the feedback given from clients and compile a short report on the findings and monitor how we can improve services.

To download the feedback from clients accessing the YCA's AIG service for February-March 2013 please click here.

12 February 2013 NLDC Personal Development

The YCA organised a 20 hour Personal development programme at the Greets Green Access Centre. The course was specifically designed to help people recognise and overcome feelings of stress and anxiety as well as develop self-confidence and assertiveness skills.

To download the evaluation and feedback obtained from the learners please click here.

11 February 2013 The Yemeni Community Board Reshuffle

On the 22nd December 2012 the Yemeni Community held its Annual General Meeting and elections for the Management Board.

The Chairman Ahmed Salem would like to thank the outgoing Nabeel Yafai for his hard work on the board for over last 3 years. He went on to welcome Sumaya Saleh & Saleh Saeed 2 new young members to the board.

The reshuffle is as follows:-

Ahmed Salem (Chairperson)
Imad Muflahi (Vice-chairperson)
Adel Saeed (Secretary)
Ali Saeed Al-Kaby (Treasurer)
Saleh Saeed (Public Relations Officer)
Arwa Al Muflahi (Women)
Sumaya Saleh (Youth)
Saleh Saeed Al-Kaby (Youth)
Ahmed Saleh (Elderly)

10 February 2013 The YCA achieves the MATRIX Standard

Matrix StandardThe YCA are proud to announce that it has passed a tough assessment to achieve the Matrix Standard, a unique quality framework for the effective delivery of Information, advice and/or guidance.

MatrixThe Matrix standard promotes the delivery of high quality information, advice and/or guidance by ensuring organisations review, evaluate and develop their service; encourage the take up of professionally recognised qualifications and the continuous professional development of their staff. 

The purpose of the Matrix Standard is to provide a benchmark for organisations to assess/measure their advice and support services which ultimately support individuals in their choice of career, learning, work and life goals.

To read more about the matrix standard please click here


4 February 2013 AIG January 2013 Feedback

As part of its endeavors to improve services to clients the YCA has started to implement an outcome based evaluation of its Advice, Information and Guidance (AIG) services.  This includes asking clients to complete a short questionnaire evaluating the impact that the AIG services has had on their lives.  The YCA has also set itself ambitious targets in which to measure the success of its AIG services and each month the YCA will analyze the feedback given from clients and compile a short report on the findings and monitor how we can improve services.

To download the feedback from clients accessing the YCA's AIG service for January 2013 please click here.
 

14 January 2013 AIG December 2012 Feedback

As part of its endeavors to improve services to clients the YCA has started to implement an outcome based evaluation of its Advice, Information and Guidance (AIG) services.  This includes asking clients to complete a short questionnaire evaluating the impact that the AIG services has had on their lives.  The YCA has also set itself ambitious targets in which to measure the success of its AIG services and each month the YCA will analyze the feedback given from clients and compile a short report on the findings and monitor how we can improve services.

To download the feedback from clients accessing the YCA's AIG service for December 2012 please click here.
 

13 January 2013 YCA’s Advice, Information and Guidance Service

The YCA offers a wide range of support as part of its Advice, Information and Guidance service.  To ensure that clients are informed of these service the YCA has produced the an information leaflet to enable clients to familiarize themselves with the type of AIG services on offer.

To download the AIG leaflet please click here.

For more information about our Advice centre, please visit our Advice section by clicking here.

13 January 2013 Sonia Audhali - Little Yemen Exhibition

Sonia Audhali - Little YemenSonia Audhali's Little Yemen is a sensitive portrait of a West Midlands community in transition. As a British Yemeni born and raised in England, her photographs exhibit not only an image of one nation and its culture integrating with another, but also a trace of autobiography. Audhali's identity as both British and Yemeni instinctively influences her approach to capturing a dual heritage of which there is little in the way of published evidence in the UK.

The photographs in this exhibition show life in the home, at work, during prayer and at leisure. They capture the importance of food, religion and the social gathering. And they provide a valuable record of the contemporary British Yemen at a point where generations converge; as the aging population of migrant Yemenis in the Midlands gets fewer, Audhali recognises that the opportunity to capture this particular perspective on the Yemeni experience lessens too. Little Yemen is motived by this; a compelling need to preserve the meetings of one nation's heritage with another before they merge inseparably.

Exhibition preview and book launch evening on 7 Feb, 6pm - 8pm.

The main exhibition will be running from Sat 9 Feb - Sun 14 April 2013 (Free Entry)
Open 9am - 10pm Daily
mac birmingham
Cannon Hill Park
Birmingham B12 9QH
www.macarts.co.uk

To download the Flyer please click here.

7 January 2013 New Committee Members

We would like to congratulate Yemeni Youth Forum members Saleh Saeed and Sumaya Ahmed on their recent election to the YCA management Committee (YCAMC). The YCAMC consists of elected community members whose remit is to

• Represent and advocate the views and interests of the Arab speaking community in Sandwell.
• Responsible for strategic management and oversight of the Yemeni community Association in Sandwell.

Ahmed Alkash, YCA Youth Development Officer said “I was happy to hear of both, Saleh’s and Sumaya’s election to the YCAMC. It is encouraging to see young people taking a leading role in the community especially so, as they have come up through the Yemeni Youth Forum. Their election is a triumph for them personally in terms of demonstrating progression as well as recognition of their hard work and valuable contribution to further the Yemeni Community Association. I wish them all the best in their newly appointed roles”.


18 December 2012

Shisha Event

Shisha EventOn Wednesday 28th November, young people attended an awareness workshop on the consumption of Shisha organised by the Yemeni Youth Forum and the Yousef project (a newly established group of young Muslims that seek to represent, advocate and lobby on behalf of young Muslim people in Sandwell).

Through consultation with community the two youth groups identified that the consumption of Shisha has become a real concern amongst young people within the wider community. As a result they organised a debate session to raise awareness on the Islamic view on consuming Shisha, also to provide the young people with an opportunity to have their questions and concerns answered by an Islamic scholar.Shisha Event

Ahmed Alkash, YCA Youth Development Officer commented “The event was a great success and I was pleased to see nearly 100 young people in attendance. I was amazed by the quality of the young speakers on the debating panel. Speaking with the young people after the event it is evident that this event will have a long-lasting impact on the young people in attendance. The Yemeni Youth Forum and Yousef Project should be extremely proud of themselves. I am really pleased that YCA could play a part in that.”

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Afrah Muflihi and Syeda Nessa for all their efforts and continuous support.

17 December 2012

Ofsted Approved Paediatric First Aid Course

The YCA organized a Free 12 hour Paediatric First Aid course at the Greets Green Access Centre on Saturday 8th and 15th December 2012. The course ran from 9am – 4pm where training was offered by a qualified instructor and a course hand book given. 9 women attended the 2 full day course where they will gain a qualification which is Ofsted approved meaning it can be used by Child minders and others working in childcare settings or indeed wishing to develop their CV to enable them to work in various child care settings

Download the Employment, Learning and Skills Development Feedback - Evaluation by clicking here

13 December 2012

Voice of the 'Strangers' - Issue 3

Voice of the Strangers


To download the Newsletter:

Voice of the 'Strangers' - Issue 3

Please click here

4 December 2012 YCA Annual General Meeting 2012

I would like to inform all members that the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell will take place on Saturday the 22nd of December 2012 at 10.30am at the YCA, Greets Green Access Centre, Tildasley Street, West Bromwich.

This is an opportunity for members to hear about the work and development of the YCA over the past year and also be an opportunity for members to participate in the elections to vote for members onto the Management Committee of the YCA.

The elections will be conducted on the same day as the AGM and any member who wants to be nominated onto the Management Committee, should complete the enclosed nomination form and return it to the YCA office no later than 5.00pm on Friday the 21st of December 2012. All sections of the nomination form must be completed in full and any incomplete form will not be accepted. All nomination forms must be accompanied with two passport size photographs of the nominee. To vote at the AGM please ensure that you are YCA member.

The Annual General Meeting is an important meeting for the YCA and I urge all members to attend.

At AGM we need to consider rebranding and may require changing of name of organisation.

I look forward to seeing you all on the day.

Yours sincerely

Ahmed Salem
Chair of the YCA

To download the Nomination Form please click here.

3 December 2012

Islam Exhibition Enjoyed By Young People

During Islam Awareness Week in November, the Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell organised an Islamic Exhibition for young people in Sandwell. The exhibition was set up to provide young people with an opportunity to develop their knowledge on Islam, initiate religious awareness among the people of Sandwell and better community cohesion.

During the exhibition young people were able to view Islamic art and calligraphy, read leaflets on the history of Islam and common myths and misconceptions in Islam (Differentiating between religion and culture/tradition).

The Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell would like to thank everyone for attending the exhibition and expressing their support.

Islam Exhibition Enjoyed By Young PeopleIslam Exhibition Enjoyed By Young PeopleIslam Exhibition Enjoyed By Young People

3 December 2012

Arab Lads & Dads Bike Riding

The YCA Youth programme in conjunction with Mytime Active organised a bike ride for young people and their fathers on Saturday 17th November at Dartmouth Park. On the day we had 24 participants who thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

When we set out it was a cold but dry morning and the 200 metres were very unfriendly, but we all soon settled as our body temperature came up. Only then we were able to appreciate the beautiful sceneries that Sandwell Valley Park has to offer. After the cycle ride all participants praised the cycle and commented that they thoroughly enjoyed themselves and are looking forward to the next session.

To register your interest or find out more information please contact the Ahmed Alkash at the YCA.

Arab Lads & Dads Bike RidingArab Lads & Dads Bike Riding

 

30 November 2012 GNA Demand Survey

A message from Luke Darbey from the Guru Nanak Academy in Smethwick:

Dear All,

Hopefully you will be aware of the local parental demand survey that is ongoing for the Guru Nanak Academy. We are applying to the Department for Education to open a new school in Sandwell. We are looking to gain as much interest and get as many declarations from parents as possible for the school, please be aware this is a declaration of interest for survey purposes only, admissions will come out at a later stage.

Please download the Demand Survey for your convenience to forward onto any family and friends, who may be interested in sending their child(ren) to the school. It can be completed within 1-2 minutes. Please be aware surveys may not be submitted from mobile devices.

To use the form please:

- Enter your details (Remember to use the ethnicity/religion codes from page 2). Please be careful when typing your email address as it is our most suitable way of contacting you.

- Click Submit (in the top-left hand corner).

- Click Allow on the pop-up message.

- Wait a few seconds for the survey to send.

- You will then see a Confirmation message to indicate your survey has been sent.

Should you complete the survey, your details will be added to our survey database. If you would like to print and post your entry, please send it the address below.

Thank you very much for taking the time to read this message. If there are any questions please do get in touch via admin@gnasmethwick.org or 0121 565 8870. We will be contacting you in the near future to update you on our progress.

Warm Regards,

Luke Darbey

Guru Nanak Academy
Trinity Point, 1 Trinity Street, Smethwick, West Midlands, B67 7AA
Tel: 0121 565 8870

28 November 2012

7 Week Personal Development Course

A course specifically designed to help people recognise and overcome feelings of stress and anxiety as well as develop self-confidence and assertiveness skills will commence in December. The course will cover 4 modules which will include:

  • Dealing with stress
  • Anxiety management
  • Confidence building
  • Assertiveness

The course will commence on Wednesday 5th December 2012 at the Greets Green Access Centre and will then run every Wednesday from 10am – 1pm. An attendance certificate will be issued at the end of the course. Crèche facility also available (limited places)


27 November 2012 Islam Awareness 2012 – ‘Understanding the Mental Health Needs of Muslim Patients’

The Yemeni community supported by the wellbeing unit hosted an important seminar entitled “Understanding the mental health needs of Muslim patients” on Wednesday 21st November 2012.

This was a free seminar aiming to provide nursing and midwifery staff, doctors and other health care professionals with a comprehensive understanding of Islam and the mental health needs of Muslim patients.
25 delegates from various health and policing backgrounds attended the seminar which included topics on:

  • Religion, Culture and Mental Health
  • Basic Islamic Beliefs
  • Muslims in the UK
  • Beginning of life, perceptions of health, illness and death
  • Islam and Mental Health
  • Muslims perception of Psychiatric Illness
  • The Evil Eye, Jinn, Spirit Possession
  • Assessing the needs of Muslim psychiatric Patients & their relatives/carers
    includes History; Examination; Investigations; Treatment
  • The needs of Muslim psychiatric patients in settings i.e. Psychiatric wards;
    Residential & Nursing Homes; Day hospitals; Day Centers; Community settings & Patients homes

There was an Islamic exhibition was set up which enabled delegates to not only visually look at but also an opportunity for them to take away with them literature they could utilise as a reference at a later date.

26 November 2012

Courses Update

CoursesThe YCA Health Development Officer having the connection with the community is always exploring different avenues of assisting individuals to enhance their lives. With the support of funding from Community First the YCA in response to demand were and are able to offer clients a variety of short courses

Level 2 Food Hygiene course:
2 classes ran during October which were accessed by 24 clients, both male and female. All 24 managed to complete the 2 day course and gain their Level 2 food hygiene certificate which is valid until October 2015. The Level 2 Food Hygiene certificate will enable those who attended to add this certificate to their portfolio and CV, with some women in particular looking at using this course and additional course offered by the YCA to develop skills and certificates that would improve their employability prospects within a school lunchtime supervisor setting or other types of employment with young children.

Foundation Health & Safety in the Workplace:
Currently 12 women are sitting a short course to enable them to gain a Foundation Certificate in Health and Safety. This course gives them a broad overview of employee and employer’s obligation under the Health & Safety as well as the legal obligations under Health & Safety in the Workplace. Again this will enable women to add their certificate to their portfolio and CV to enhance their future employment prospects.

Ofsted Approved Paediatric First Aid course:
The YCA will be organizing a Free 12 hour Paediatric First Aid course at the Greets Green Access Centre on Saturday 8th and 15th December 2012. The course will run from 9am – 4pm where training will be offered by a qualified instructor and a course hand book given. Commitment to attending the full 2 days is essential to gain the course certificate.

The qualification gained will be Ofsted approved meaning it can be used by Child minders and others working in childcare settings or indeed wishing to develop their CV to enable them to work in various child care settings.

There are limited places left on the courses which are filling up quickly.

Health Development Officer, Afrah Muflihi said that if anyone would like to know more about any courses, they can speak to her for more details. The aim of the courses is to equip individuals with the necessary skills to obtain employment in various children’s setting.


26 November 2012

Be inspired by Rosie…

RosieRosie migrated to the UK from India in 2009 following her marriage to a UK national. Rosie had no recourse to government funds, so was unable to access education without paying a substantial fee; her attempts to find employment were also futile.

In 2011 Rosie enquired at the Greets Green Access Centre for volunteering opportunities as she wanted to broaden her employment prospects as well as lacking confidence in her abilities and feeling isolated from the community. Rosie was offered part-time volunteering assisting with reception and the elder luncheon club project at the centre.


Rosie also accessed the YCA’s skills development and employability programme where she gained skills in developing a CV, job searching, confidence building and interview techniques. On this programme various employment options were discussed with Rosie where she decided to explore avenues of employment in the Care industry. The Health Development Officer based at the YCA supported Rosie to access various care agencies to enquire about employment opportunities.

12 months after accessing volunteering and the employability programme Rosie is now employed as Care Support Worker caring for elder people and younger people with learning disabilities. She is working between 20-30 hours per week at a good rate of pay. Whilst in this employment Rosie will be undertaking a NVQ L2 in caring funded by her employers therefore giving her the opportunity to develop herself further.

On her present employment Rosie said:

“It has increased my confidence and it is great meeting new and a wide range of people……..also working with vulnerable people is rewarding and it makes me appreciate my life more”

On the YCA Rosie said:

“Volunteering at the YCA increased my confidence and especially communicating with a lots of different people especially answering client enquiries”

“I was supported to explore different options of employment and if it was not for the Health Officer supporting me to access my present employer I don’t think I would have thought of this as an employment avenue.

“Volunteering in the YCA’s Elder Luncheon club gave me the initial essential experience of working in the caring sector”


11 October 2012

Girls Only Youth Club (12 years and over)

Come and join us at the Girls only youth club at the Greets Green Access Centre on:

Sundays
2pm – 4pm
Tildasley Street
West Bromwich
B70 9SJ

We do Zumba, cooking, sewing, art & craft, chill and much more.

We are in the process of organising an Eid party for Women and Girls for
Sunday 28th October
(Insha’Allah), so why not come and help us?


Girls Youth ClubGirls Youth Club

On Sunday 30th September we arranged to make cakes and milkshakes with the girls bringing in recipes to try out. Look at the delicious dishes we made and they were tasty too.

For further information on the Girls activities contact
Ahmed Al-Kash or Arwa Dabab on 0121 525 3909


5 October 2012

Youngsters inspired by Graffiti Art

Young people at the Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell took part in a six week art project in West Bromwich. The graffiti arts project took place during the summer at the Yemeni community centre, as part of the BE Inspired Project in partnership with Sandwell Leisure Trust.

The project was delivered by youth training group DY3 who helped young people and youth workers develop and design the final piece of artwork. The design was developed around the Yemeni Culture, heritage and religion.
The work was then sprayed on to a gravel board at the centre. The final piece illustrates the word ‘Salam’, the Arabic word for peace. It includes the buildings which are found in the capital city of Yemen and the grand mosques around the world.

The art was tagged with logos of the Yemeni Community Association, Sandwell Council and BBC Children in Need. Abdul Kahar, senior youth officer said “The young people who took part in the project really enjoyed the whole process”.

Graffiti Art

 

4 October 2012

Emotional Well Being Workshop & Youth Club Consultation

Emotional Well Being Workshop 10 young people from Yemeni Youth Club took part in an Emotional Well Being workshop delivered by MY TIME Birmingham.  MY TIME Birmingham were commissioned by Sandwell Council’s Commissioning Team to identify young people’s views around this particular subject area, to give young people a brief background on emotional well being and how it impacts their everyday lives.

During the workshop the young people were given a scenario questionnaire asking them to rate their emotions. The group discussed the key elements to having a positive and negative well-being. The researchers also asked young people thoughts on the current services that they use and what new services they would like to see in Sandwell. 

The workshop concluded with Sandwell Young People Services undertaking a consultation exercise with young people, to identify what they would like including in the 3 month action plan delivered at the Youth Club on a weekly basis.  The questions were based around issue based workshops, offsite activities and accredited opportunities.

The feedback received off the young people was positive as they were reluctant to engage in the discussions at the beginning.  For their engagement MY TIME Birmingham rewarded the young people with vouchers worth £5.

 

3 October 2012

Consultation Results from the Yousef Project (Young Muslims):

The Yousef Project – Sandwell Muslim Youth Forum is a newly established group of Young Muslims, that has been developed and supported by the YCA, which seek to represent, advocate and lobby on behalf of young Muslim people in Sandwell.  The group is currently made up of primarily British Arab, Bangladeshi, and Pakistani young people but are still seeking representation from young people from other Sandwell Muslim communities.
The Yousef Project derives its name from the inspirational story of the Prophet Yousef / Joseph (Peace be upon him -pbuh).  The prophet Yousef (pbuh) was a young person when God tested him through various trials and tribulations; however his conduct throughout his experience provides today’s young people with a wealth of moral lessons from which they may learn from:

  • The belief in the presence of God makes a man's troubles easier for him to bear, and as long as he keeps himself away from sins despite temptations, he will ultimately be successful.
  • Patience in the face of hardship is the best of qualities and results in reward from God in this life and the hereafter.
  • The importance of forgiving and forgetting the past
  • The importance of being fair, equitable and just to ALL people.

To enable the forum members to be truly representative on the needs of young Muslims in Sandwell, the forum members carried out a consultation with young Muslims on issues affecting them.  The consultation was carried out via a simple questionnaire which captured ethnicity, age, demographic location as well as providing respondents with a list of possible issues affecting them as well as providing an opportunity to state other issues.  As part of their remit the forum members are required to organise 3-4 debating sessions a year around topics that young Muslims wished to participate in.  A total of 43 young Muslims responded but it worth noting that the figures may not tally as some of the questions were not answered.

To download the full report & results from the Yousef Project please click here.

 

27 September 2012 YCA Pilot 12 Week Young People’s Weight Management Programme

In April 2012 the Health Development Officer at the YCA piloted a 12 week Young People’s weight management programme.  The programme aimed to engage identified young boys in health activities to help them lose weight and improve their health.

A basic health assessment (waist circumference, height, weight and BMI measurements) of young boys attending supplementary school who were aged 10 years to 13 years were carried out at the Greets Green Access Centre and were plotted on UK90  growth charts(A BMI above the 91st centile suggests overweight. A child above the 98th centile is very overweight (clinically obese))

These assessments identified 6 young boys as being either overweight or very overweight and were invited to participate in a 12 week weight management programme at the Greets Green Access Centre. (GGAC) A BMI above the 91st centile suggests overweight. A child above the 98th centile is very overweight (clinically obese)

Start of Programme Measurements

No

Age

W/C

Ht

Wt

BMI

BMI centile

1

11

79

136

37.6

20.3

91st

2

12.6

81

149.5

52.1

23.3

91st

3

12.1

77

144.5

48.3

23.1

91st

4

10.6

77

135

39.7

21.8

98th

5

10.6

84

155.5

58.3

24.1

91st

6

11.3

77

141

46

23.1

91st

In consultation with parents and the young boys themselves it was decided that the ideal day and time to run the weight management programme would be Saturday afternoon, on the same day as the supplementary school that the boys would be attending therefore not causing any inconvenience or a special journey but an hour before lessons started.  Therefore the weight management programme took place on Saturdays 12.30pm – 1.30pm.

The programme consisted of half an hour interactive health awareness session and half an hour physical activity session.  Each week a various short topics were delivered which included topics about healthy eating, hunger v craving, fat/sugar contents in food, reading food labels, calorie contents, alternative healthier snacks, physical activity, portion sizes and eating regular meals.

The young boys were encouraged to record food and exercise in a diary however this was not well used by the young people citing ‘I forgot’ or ‘I couldn’t be bothered’ as the reasons for this.The boys appeared to gain more from the visual interactive sessions were they had the chance to ask questions and be involved in the sessions.  They reported to like the use of visual tools such as portion sizes and they strongly wanted this to relate to the cultural food that they eat at home.  As the HDO came from the same cultural background as the boys she was able to relate and accommodate this.

Initially the boys physical activity session took place at the GGAC mini gym under supervision were they had 5 minute session on each cardio the cardio vascular equipment and rotated until they had completed half an hour of at least moderate intensity physical activity..  This appeared acceptable to them at first where there was a competitive edge to it, however by week 6 they wanted alternative activities with football being the preferred activity.  However due to other activities taking place at the GGAC, this request could not beaccommodated.  However it was agreed that if another programme was to run it would ideally take place using a mixture of gym, fun circuits and sporting activities to prevent boredom. 

A midway reassessment at 6 weeks was carried out which acted as both a motivator and to re-establish goals.  At 12 weeks a final assessment and an evaluation was carried out where the results were discussed with both parents and child. 

End of Programme Measurements:

No

Age

W/C

Ht

Wt

BMI

BMI Improvement

BMI Centile

1

11.3

69

138

36.4

19.6

-0.7

91st

2

12.9

80

149.5

51.7

23.1

-0.2

91st

3

12.4

73.5

146.5

47.1

21.9

-1.2

91st

4

10.9

67

136.5

35.5

19.6

-4.2

91st

5

10.9

84

157.5

58.3

23.6

-0.5

91st

6

11.6

74

148

45.7

22.4

-0.7

75th

From the findings all 6 boys participating in the programme had made a reduction in their BMI and weight measurements though it did not make a significant impact on their BMI centile reading; however it is argued that with sustained intervention and support over a longer period that these changes would be more significant and apparent.  It is interesting to note that the one boy who fell in the very overweight category made a significant drop in the BME centile to the overweight category and one of the boys in the overweight category dropped into the ‘normal’ weight category. 

It would also be of worth to note that the mothers of these 2 boys participated in the women’s weight management programme ran by the Health Officer which ran parallel to this programme but on a different day of the week.  Therefore it may be argued that in order for significant changes to be made to child obesity programmes cannot be carried out in isolation from the wider family, though not necessarily needs to be delivered together all on one day.  Indeed the mothers reported that they enjoyed learning about weight management at a time and day that was convenient for them.

To conclude the YCA pilot child weight management programme was successful in assisting the young boys to make improvements to their weight, however the ones that made the most significant improvements had mothers that participated in the YCA adults weight management programme therefore the same health messages were imparted to both group.  The boys seemed to enjoy the fact that this group was exclusively for them and appeared to enjoy participating in its activities.

A wider young people’s weight management programmes are planned which will be aimed at both boys & girls so watch this space!

 An evaluation was carried out at the end of the programme where the following was obtained:

Question

Happy Face

Confused face

Sad Face

Was it interesting

6

0

0

Did you learn anything new

6

0

0

Did you get a chance to join in the sessions and ask questions

6

0

0

What do you think of the person giving the session

6

0

0

What will you change as a result of this session

Smaller portions
Count calories
Stick to calories
Eat less
What the amount of calories
Count calories

In addition the young boys strongly wanted alternate types of physical activities to make it more interesting, with these being rotated each week.

21 September 2012 AGM/MC Membership Elections

The YCA Annual General Meeting is looming and it is that time of year that we ask for your assistance in helping the organization to achive its objectives and move forward by nominating yourself for the Management Committee. The trustees meet bi-monthly on a week day eveing (6pm – 7.30pm) and are allocated themes to support. This year we are looking to recruit female members in particular but welcome all sections of the community who may possess the right skills. If interested in being nominated to sit on the YCA Management Committee please contact Ragih on 0121 525 3909.
19 September 2012 2012 Academic Achievements

The YCA would like to congratulate all those young people who completed and achieve their desired results for KS2 SAT’s, 11 plus, GCSE, A’levels and higher education. Each year the YCA sees a real improvement in the academic achievements of young people in within the community –Al’hamdu’lillahh!
However we cannot get too complacent, as the YCA are also acutely aware of some pockets of the community who are underachieving and it is these we aim to reach and reverse this trend. If you are able to offer any support with regard to this please contact Ahmed or Afrah on 0121 525 3909
18 September 2012 Khat Harm Reduction Group

The YCA have formed a Khat steering/advisory group to give overall direction to reducing the physical, psychological, financial and social harms caused, by the chewing of khat, to individuals, families and communities.

The groups’ main tasks will be to:

• Develop and implement a Khat health campaign raising awareness of potential health risks to khat users.
• To engage present khat users to the awareness campaign and feedback / promote the work of the group to them thus reducing suspicions in order to increase compliance.
• carry out research and gain feedback from users that would inform future work of the group.
• To provide evidence based alternatives to khat chewing (piloting new methods for khat alternatives in order to encourage reduction or complete cessation of khat usage)
• Appraise project proposals, progress, make recommendations and give guidance to various health and government agencies (locally, regionally and nationally)
• Support and advise on existing and planned khat harm reduction projects
• Promote the Khat awareness and harm reduction campaign to local, regional, national and international partners
• Contribute towards increasing the number of men and women participating in the khat awareness and harm reduction projects
• Share good practice and information relating to khat harm reduction in compliance with the information exchange protocols, Data Protection Act and the Freedom of Information Act.
• To develop partnership links between other local, regional and national statutory and voluntary agencies, faith groups and the community

The group are in the process of completing publicity material and officially launching the khat health warning labels that the YCA have designed and compiled. Also whilst in the Yemen two member of the steering group met with the Yemeni Minister of Immigration who gave the steering group a supporting letter for the aim of their work. If you would like to be part of this group please contact Afrah or Ragih on 0121 525 3909

18 September 2012

Sheesha Smoking

The YCA has noticed an increasing number of young Yemenis (both male and female) taking up Sheesha smoking which has raised both religious and health concerns amongst adult members. This has galvanized the YCA alongside other Muslim partners to establish a steering group to look at this issue in more detail. Members of the Sheesha steering groups were able to carry out social research with over 300 Young Muslims and will be presenting the findings of this on Monday 1st October. If you would like to attend this presentation please see below:

The World Health Organisation published a report in 2005 categorically stating that:
A typical 1-hour long water pipe smoking session involves inhaling 100-200 times the volume of smoke inhaled with a single cigarette.

Shisha Smoking in Sandwell
Date:     Monday 1st October
Time:    12 - 4pm (lunch included)
Venue:  The National Metal Forming Centre
               47 Birmingham Road,
               West Bromwich
               B70 6PY

The British Heart Foundation has warned about the dangers of shisha smoking as figures suggest the practice is rising nationally. To inform a local strategy, Sandwell has conducted an extensive scoping exercise to gain insight into:

• Who smokes shisha in Sandwell?
• Why they smoke it?
• What can be done encourage them to stop smoking?

You are invited to attend a half day event in which the findings from this scoping work will be shared along with recommendations on tackling the prevalence of shisha in our community.
If you are interested in attending this event please inform Mandy Ford (mandy.ford@sandwell-pct.nhs.uk  or 0121 612 1539) by Friday 14th September.

Please feel free to disseminate this to colleagues who you think would be interested in attending this event.

14 September 2012 YCA Cultural Project Fundraising Update

The YCA would like to thank the community in raising just under 7 thousand pounds (£7,000) towards the YCA cultural project just over the Ramadan period only. It is with the support of the community that the YCA is able to thrive as a grass root organization and our heartfelt thanks to you all. The YCA would also like to announce that during this period, two members of the community managed to raise 43 thousand pounds (£43,000) from fundraising abroad thus totaling £50 thousand pounds being raised during the blessed month of Ramadan.
13 September 2012

The Yousef Project

The Yousef Project – Sandwell Muslim Youth Forum is a newly established group of Young Muslims that seek to represent, advocate and lobby on behalf of young Muslim people in Sandwell. The group has been established in conjunction with the YCA, SMBC, Tipton Muslim Centre and Smethwick Pakistani Muslim Association. The group is currently made up of primarily British Arab, Bangladeshi, and Pakistani young people but also seeking representation from young people from other Sandwell Muslim communities.

The Yousef Project derives its name from the inspirational story of the Prophet Yousef / Joseph (Peace be upon him). The prophet Yousef (pbuh) was a young person when God tested him through various trials and tribulations; however his conduct throughout his experience provides today’s young people with a wealth of moral lessons from which they may learn from:

• The belief in the presence of God makes a man's troubles easier for him to bear, and as long as he keeps himself away from sins despite temptations, he will ultimately be successful.
• Patience in the face of hardship is the best of qualities and results in reward from God in this life and the hereafter.
• The importance of forgiving and forgettingthe past
• The importance of being fair, equitable and just to ALL people.

If you are interested in contributing to the work of the Yousef Project please contact Afrah on 0121 525 3909:
Recently the Yousef Project forum consulted with young Muslims within the borough on the issues that affected them and what debates they would like the forum to organize. A total of 33 questionnaires were completed with the following responses:

• 10 females, 20 males and 3 not specified responded
• Top 3 concerns that young Muslims in the borough expressed were (in number order)
1. Racism/discrimination
2. Unemployment
3. Lack of youth facilities meeting the specific needs of Young Muslims
• Top 3 debates that young Muslims would like the Yousef Project forum to organise were (in number order)
1. Sheesha smoking
2. Islamaphobia
3. (joint 3rd) Islamaphobia & the English Defence League

Watch this space for further developments of the Yousef Project Forum!

Please click here to download the Newsletter - Issue 1 compiled by the Yousef Project:

10 September 2012 Hate Crime Reporting Centre

A reminder to all that the YCA is a ‘Hate Crime Reporting Centre’, this means if you have been a victim of hate crime but feel that you are unable to report this directly to the police then if you access our centre, trained staff will be able to assist you to report this or alternatively report it on your behalf. It is important that West Midlands Police capture accurate figures of hate crime in order to ensure that it is given the resources and attention it deserves. Please help us to help you!
7 September 2012 Health Checks & Lifestyle modification service at the Greets Green Access Centre

The YCA are currently offering health checks and health advice and improving lifestyle. These checks consist of the following: Waist/Hip Ratio measurements, Blood Pressure Checks, Height measurement, Weight, Body Mass Index, general lifestyle questionnaire and Diabetes Risk Screening.

Depending on the outcome of your assessment the Health Officer performing the assessment will be able to assist you to access various lifestyle services to improve/enhance your health.
If interested in having accessing this FREE service please contact Afrah on 0121 525 3909 / 07984052153 (appointments only)
6 September 2012 Normal Activities Resumes

After Ramadan and the Summer Break the YCA are pleased to announce that apart from Tahffidh (which will commence from 1st October 2012), that all activities have recommenced at the Greets Green Access Centre. This includes the following:

Day

Activity

Time

Mondays

Advice & Guidance

10am – 4pm

Tuesdays

Elder Men’s EXTEND classes
Elder Men’s Lunch Club
Advice & Guidance

10.30am – 11.30am
11.30am – 2pm
2pm – 4pm

Wednesdays

Female Only ESOL
Food Hygiene Level 2

10am – 11.30am
10am – 11.30am

Thursdays

Elder Women’s EXTEND classes
Elder Women’s Lunch Club
Female only Advice & Guidance
General Advice & Guidance
SMBC & YCA joint Youth Club

10am – 11am
11am – 2pm
10am – 1pm
1pm – 4pm
5pm – 7.30pm

Fridays

Friday Congregational Prayers
Advice & Guidance
Under 13’s Youth Club
Friday Football (at George Salter)

Arabic & English sermons - 12.30pm
10.30am – 1pm
5pm – 7pm
7pm – 8.30pm & 8.30pm – 10pm

Saturdays

Arabic School
Men’s Social Club

9.30am – 1pm & 1.30pm – 4.30pm
1pm – 10pm

Sundays

Arabic School
Mothers & Daughter’s group
Lads & Dads group

9.30am – 1pm
2pm – 4pm
6pm – 7.30pm

 

5 September 2012 Under 13’s Youth Club Facilities

Due to reallocation of services, the YCA’s under 13’s youth club on Monday evenings will now be transferred to Friday evenings. The Friday youth club will commence on Friday 21st September is accessible to anyone aged 7 years to 13 years from 5pm – 7pm. For further information please contact Ahmed on 0121 525 3909
4 September 2012 Arabic School (Welcome Back)

The YCA Arabic School welcomes back former and new pupils to Al-Mannar School on the weekend. The classes have recommenced on Saturday 15th September and depending on class allocation of pupil will either run on Saturdays: 9.30am – 1pm or 1.30pm – 4pm or Sundays 9.30am – 1pm. Due to funding limitation the school is accessible via fee paying only of £200.00 per year (Total of 34 academic weeks). For further information please contact either Ragih or Fayez on 0121 525 3909
4 September 2012 Homework Club

The YCA are running a Homework Club every Wednesday 5pm – 7.30pm at the Greets Green Access Centre.  The club is open only to all fee paying children accessing the weekend Arabic school, where children can gain assistance with both English & Arabic homework via an experienced teacher.  For further information contact Ahmed or Afrah on 0121 525 3909

3 September 2012

Courses & Training Update - September 2012

Food Hygiene Level 2
The YCA have secured funding from Community First to run various skills development activities aimed at women within the area. The first of these skills development will be to run a Level 2 Food Hygiene course. This will commence on Wednesday 19th September 10am – 11.30am at the Greets Green Access Centre. If you are interested in further developing your skills please contact Afrah on 07984052153 or 0121 5253909 for further information.

ESOL
The YCA have commenced female only Speaking & Listening (non-accredited) ESOL classes at the Greets Green Access Centre every Wednesday 10am – 11.30am. The class can be accessed by any female regardless of income or immigration status and is FREE of charge. For further information please contact Afrah on 07984052153 or 0121 5253909

Health & Safety / Pediatrics First Aid
The YCA are in the process of organizing Health & Safety in the workplace (level 1) and Paediatric First Aid. No set date/times have been finalized so to enable us to identify demand, if you are interested in gaining any of these qualifications, please contact Afrah on 0121 525 3909 / 07984052153 with your details.

Level 2 Fitness Instructor training
The YCA have a long history of empowering the community to develop themselves to enhance their future prospects.  We are pleased to announce that this year we are financially supporting 4 individuals from the wider community to gain a level 2 Fitness Instructor Certificate.  This certification will enable these 4 individuals to gain employment within the health and fitness industry as well as be a gateway for further development within this field of employment.  If you are interested in the YCA skills development and empowerment programme please contact Afrah on 0121 525 3909 /07984052153 to discuss opportunities and support available.


3 September 2012 Mother & Daughters Group

The Al-Nisaa group have secured funding from Community First to run a ‘Mother & Daughter’s’ at the Greets Green Access Centre. The aim of the group is to run a female only youth group where mothers with various skills can get involved in assisting to run some of the activities. The aim of the group is to also bring together young females from different ethnic and faith backgrounds to interact and socialize with one another. The group meets Every Sunday 2pm-4pm at the Greets Green Access Center. For further information contact Afrah on 07984052153
24 June 2012

Spoken Arabic Lessons for Beginners

Spoken Arabic Lessons for beginners

At the Greets Green Access Centre, Tildasely Street, West Bromwich (Next to Staples the Stationary Store)

Mondays 5.30pm - 7.00pm

For Further Information Contact Afrah Muflihi or Shahada Begum on 0121 525 3909

£10 Registration fee applies

Download the poster by clicking here

21 May 2012

2012 Women & Children’s Annual Summer Trip

2012 Women & Children's Trip
The YCA are currently organizing its annual summer trip for female members and their children. It is anticipated that the trip will be organized for Saturday 7th July (God willing) and it will be to a local seaside resort. Please keep an eye out for the letters that will be sent out to members detailing the trip and if you are not yet a YCA member then hurry and join so you do not miss out on this great opportunity.

18 May 2012

Investors in People

Investors in PeopleThe YCA has undergone investors in people reassessment and are pleased to announce that it has been reaccredited with this highly acclaimed quality standard. The YCA has had three consecutive successful assessments meaning it has remained an accredited business for the past 9 years.

17 May 2012

Conversational ESOL (English) Classes

The YCA have commenced women only Conversational ESOL classes at the Greets Green Access Centre. The classes run each Monday morning 9.30am – 11.30am and is delivered by a qualified well known community ESOL tutor. The sessions are free of charge to access and there are NO restrictions to access that apply. For further information, contact either Afrah or Shahada at the YCA.

17 May 2012

Beginners – Conversational Arabic Classes

The YCA will be running a 5 week taster course in Conversational Arabic at the Greets Green Access Centre. The course will commence on Monday 11th June until 9th July and will be held each Monday 5.30pm – 7pm. £10.00 registration fee applies payable by the 1st May 2012. To register interests please contact either Shahada or Afrah at the YCA. *subject to cancellation if numbers are low & refund given.

15 May 2012

HEP C Screening Program at the GGAC on Friday 25th May 2012 10am – 12noon

Hepatitis C is a virus which is transmitted through blood. This happens when blood from someone who has it gets into someone else’s bloodstream. Hepatitis C attacks the liver but symptoms often won’t appear for many years. Current treatment cures about half of people who have it and is improving all the time.

Yemen is considered a high risk country for contracting Hepatitis C, therefore if any of the following apply to you:

• Having medical or dental treatment in a developing country
• Blood transfusions in a developing country or before 1992 in the UK
• Tattoos or piercings in unregistered premises
• Had piercings or acupuncture (needles/immunization etc) in a developing country
• Born in a high-risk country such as the Yemen
• Contact with another person blood through sharps injury or other
• ‘Close contact’ with someone who you know to have hepatitis C (e.g. regularly shared razor/toothbrush)

In addition the following are also at risk:

• Injecting drugs (including steroids) sharing needles, spoons, filters, water, or tourniquets
• Shared notes or straws for snorting drugs
• Sharing pipes when smoking (crack) cocaine

If the answer is YES to any of the above then please pop into the centre on Friday 25th May, between 10am – 12 noon, where an advisor will be available to assess your risk and offer testing if required. For further information contact the YCA.

14 May 2012

Fat Fighters

The YCA, in its endeavor to assist in tackling childhood obesity, are currently running a 12 week weight management and exercise class aimed at young people. The club runs every Saturday afternoon 12.30pm – 1.30pm. Young people currently participate in half hour exercise and half hour interactive session on various health topics in particular healthy eating. The sessions currently run on an invitation only according to findings of an assessment carried out by the Health Development Officer with a maximum of 6 young people per program. For further information contact Afrah Muflihi at the YCA.

11 May 2012

New Under 14’s Youth Club Opened

The YCA are proud to announce, as a follow on form the success of engaging young people onto its activities, it has now opened a new under 14’s youth club at the Greets Green Access Centre (Galiya to some). The club runs every Monday evening 5.30pm – 7.30pm and is a club aimed at both males and females. For further information contact Ahmed Al-Kash, the YCA youth worker based at the GGAC.

7 May 2012

C.E.O Elected onto the Board of Parent Governors at George Salter Academy

We are pleased t o announce that the YCA’s CEO, Ragih Muflihi, has been elected onto the board of parent governors at George Salter Academy on Claypit Lane in West Bromwich. Ragih is already a familiar face with many of the Academy’s pupils who access the local Greets Green Access Centre on a regular basis after school, where they utilise the gaming room and ICT suite for their leisure.

Ragih states that he is “honored to have been elected” and that “George Salter Academy is an asset to the local community and I want to ensure that the school continues to develop and our pupils thrive both academically and civically within the school”.

2 May 2012

Yemen Relief and Development Forum (YRDF)

Our Charter
There are over a million people starving in the Yemen and require all of our help to ease their suffering. It is the duty of every Muslim to help. This is why all the Yemeni Communities in the UK have formed a charity which is called Yemen Relief & Development Forum and Insallah will start fundraising in the UK. The Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell is 100% supportive of this and is an active member.
Listed below are the Aims and Objectives of this of this organisation and it has opened a bank account so please start donating:-

Account Name: Yemen Relief and Development Forum
Sort Code: 40-03-27
Account Number: 72109166

Aim
To serve as a platform for leading UK-based Yemeni organisations, associations and individuals, involved in community and humanitarian activities in the UK and Yemen.

Objectives

  • To promote cooperation, coordination and goodwill between Yemenis and other communities for the benefit of people in the Yemen.
  • To represent Yemeni organisations and associations as a unified group before policy makers, government and other major donors.
  • To implement relief, regeneration and development projects in Yemen
  • To support, build capacity and add value to UK based Yemeni organisations and associations.

YRDF will fulfil its aims by:

  • Developing policies on issues related to the Yemen, to influence policy makers, governments and other major donors in the UK and the international community
  • Providing capacity building tools, consulting and professional expertise for member organisations.
  • Facilitating and promoting networking through dialogue, information sharing, and partnerships amongst UK based Yemeni organisations and groups.

Guiding Principles

1. A united effort
To facilitate effective teamwork in serving the people of the Yemen through a collective approach and a united voice with a neutral non-political affiliation.

2. Integrity, trust and transparency
To be driven by an undeterred trust in our members and manage our affairs with transparency, honesty and good faith.

3. High quality and foster innovation
To provide a high quality service by identifying practical applications and choosing pioneering approaches.

4. Align fairness and equality

To promote equality of opportunity and fair treatment for those we serve, irrespective of politics, beliefs, tribe, clan and gender.

5. Standardized services and professionalism

To standardize services and adhere to procedures and policies as agreed by the YRDF. Members will maintain a professional conduct in dealing with beneficiaries, donors and the greater public.

6. Common vision and strategy

To have a clear vision of goals and to continuously improve practises by exploring and encouraging effective solutions.

7. Commitment to betterment of our people

To commit with absolute conviction and dedication, to the cause of working towards improving the lives of the Yemeni people.

26 April 2012

YCA Easter Programme 2012

The YCA Easter programme was a major success offering children activities which were fun, enjoyable, educational, and challenging. The programme was well attended and allowed children to make new friends, develop new skills whilst having fun in a safe and friendly environment.

Children participated in activities such as football, calligraphy art and cooking. The programme evaluation found that the vast majority of young people enjoyed the activities very much, highlighting the development of new skills as the most rewarding outcome.

Youth Development Officer, Ahmed Alkash said “I am pleased with the programme’s success this year. It was a fantastic opportunity for children to make new friends and keep active during the school holidays. We have had great response from all the children, their parents and volunteers involved.”

The YCA hopes that everyone who took part in the camps had fun and we look forward to seeing you again during the summer holiday programme. The YCA would like to take this opportunity to thank BBC Children in Need for their valuable contribution, which enabled us to provide a successful Easter programme.

Easter Programme 2012Easter Programme 2012Easter Programme 2012

13 April 2012

Farwell to Sergeant Nicholas Hill

Sergeant Nicholas HillOn Thursday 1st March, young people at the Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell (YCA) said farewell to one of their closest friend – Sergeant Nicholas Hill of West Midlands Police, commonly known as ‘Nick’.  The young people organised a party in recognition of all the hard work, support and efforts he has brought and contributed to the YCA over the years.

On his final day with us, Nick and the young people participated in activities such as pool and table tennis before enjoying food brought specially for this occasion. Nick expressed his great appreciation for his leaving party, adding that during his time with the YCA he has had the pleasure of integrating within the local Yemeni community and learning about the Yemeni culture. Overall the farewell party was well attended and enjoyed by all.

Yemeni Youth Forum Chairperson, Yousef Mohamed, presented Nick with a gift and said “It is with mixed emotions that we see Nick leave the borough for better prospects. The best thing we can say is that you have become one of us and this says a lot. We would like to say farewell to him but not goodbye and wish him the very best of luck in his future endeavours”.

Sergeant Nicholas Hill

24 February 2012

The New Management Committee for 2011/2012

The Chairman Ahmed Salem welcomes our new board members Imad Al-Muflehi, Adel Saeed and from the youth Yusef Ali has also been co-opted onto the Management Committee board. Yusef will be the main link on youth issues as he is on the Youth Board. The Board is also looking for two more young people to join the board so they can shadow the Management Committee and ready for the future.

Name Responsibility
Ahmed Salem Chairman
Saleh Saeed Vice Chairman
Imad Al-Muflehi Treasurer
Adel Saeed Secretary
Ahmed Saleh Elderly
Ali Saeed Public Relation
Nabeel Yafai Health
Arwa Al-Muflehi Women’s Group
Yusef Ali Youth
12 January 2012 Sandwell Hospital Survey on behalf of Adults and Health Scrutiny Panel

The Councillors on the our Adults and Health Scrutiny Panel are keen to make sure that when people have to stay in hospital they are getting the best possible care.

The Scrutiny Panel is undertaking a review of care for people in hospitals, This includes listening to people who have recently stayed in a local hospital about what their experiences have been. You can have your say by completing our questionnaire at the following link.

http://www.sandwelltrends.info/lisv2/research/snap/hospital/hospital_stay.htm

The Panel would like to hear from patients who have had a hospital stay within the last 2 years. They would also welcome views of families, friends and carers.

If you would like to find out more about this review, or about scrutiny in Sandwell, you can also contact us at the Scrutiny Unit on 0121 569 3160 or email us at scrutiny_unit@sandwell.gov.uk

30 November 2011

YCA Annual General Meeting 2011

The YCA Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on Saturday 26th November 2011 at the Greets Green Access Centre.  The event was well attended by members where the annual report and accounts was discussed in detail (please see AGM report for further details).

Each year the YCA management committee gives ‘Community champions’ awards two people who have contributed significantly to the community.  This year the Community Champion were awarded to acting Sergeant Nicholas Hill & Mrs Roqaya Ahmed.  Acting sergeant Hill was given the award for his work with all sections of the Yemeni community but in particular with young people.  Mrs Ahmed was awarded for her volunteering and in particular her dedication in volunteering in teaching young people.

During the AGM the community also bid farewell to Inspector Jill Munslow who leaves her post and after a long period to work at West Midlands Police Head Quarter in Birmingham.

YCA AGM 2011 YCA AGM 2011 YCA AGM 2011 YCA AGM 2011
28 November 2011

Understanding the Needs of the Muslim Patient

On Wednesday 23rd November the YCA in partnership with Sandwell PCT and Step-up Consultancy organised a one day workshop for health professionals to raise awareness of the needs of the Muslim patient.

The event was well attended by over 30 professionals from varied health disciplines where the objectives of the learning outcome were to develop knowledge and understanding of:

  • The background of Muslim in UK
  • Basic Islamic beliefs, practices and their profound influence on perceptions of health, illness and death
  • Some of the key differences between cultural and religious practices amongst Muslims
  • The practical aspects of looking after Muslim patients across a range of areas
  • Direct/indirect religious discrimination examples in services
  • Understanding of improving quality in care throughout patient care pathways by means of having their needs recognised

Some of the feedback we received from the event:

Speech & Language professional:
“Make this part of mandatory training with other religious and cultural awareness for trust workers”

Link worker:
“Please try to have training for local GP’s”

Counsellor:
“Despite the enormous task of fitting everything into one day, the course was comprehensive, informative and interesting.  Thank you.”

Muslim Patients Muslim Patients Muslim Patients

 

23 November 2011

Blackpool Trip 2011

Blackpool TripThe YCA in conjunction with the Al-Nisaa Women’s group organised a day trip to Blackpool on Wednesday 26th October 2011.  Two 51 seated coaches took women & children to Blackpool pleasure beach.  Considering the time of the year the weather was pleasant and everyone commented how much they enjoyed the trip. 

The trip was completed by a coach tour of the Blackpool illumination which for most was the first time they had seen the illumination or indeed had been a considerable number of years since they last saw them.

21 November 2011

Bike Maintenance Course

The YCA Health Development Officer organised a bike maintenance course on Thursday 27th October.  The aim of the course was to teach participants how to replace a punctured tyre, including replacing the inner tube and taking off/ replacing the tyre & wheel.  This would enable bike riders and parents of those children who ride a bike of how to be more confident in an event of a puncture.

Bike Course Bike Course
31 October 2011

Tackling Hate Crime

Hate CrimeThe Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell has become one of the first organisations in Sandwell to work in partnership with the police to work pro-actively around the reporting of HATE CRIME. A training session was organised by inspector Gill Munslow on the
27th October 2011
for participating centres in this programme.

This is one of the first initiatives to be undertaken to promote good practice in Sandwell and to tackle HATE CRIME which impact on many venerable people in the community. If you experience any HATE CRIME please don’t keep quiet and contact Shahada at the Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell on 0121 525 3909.

We will be happy to liaise with the police if you want to remain anonymous to make sure that your voice is heard and to put a STOP to HATE CRIME.

28 October 2011

Family Eid Celebration

Eid Prayer will be on Sunday 6th November 2011 at 9:00am

Please park sensibly and consider the local residents.

Eid Celebration

28 October 2011

YCA Annual General Meeting 2011

I would like to inform all members that the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell will take place on Saturday the 26th of November 2011 at 10.30am at the YCA, Greets Green Access Centre, Tildasley Street, West Bromwich.

This is an opportunity for members to hear about the work and development of the YCA over the past year and also be an opportunity for members to participate in the elections to vote for members onto the Management Committee of the YCA.

The elections will be conducted on the same day as the AGM and any member who wants to be nominated onto the Management Committee, should complete the enclosed nomination form and return it to the YCA office no later than 5.00pm on Friday the 25th of November 2011. All sections of the nomination form must be completed in full and any incomplete form will not be accepted. All nomination forms must be accompanied with two passport size photographs of the nominee. To vote at the AGM please ensure that you are YCA member.

Please note that the membership list will be closed on the 28th October 2011 and no new members will be accepted after this date. New members will only be accepted after the first meeting of the Management Committee that will be held after the AGM.

The Annual General Meeting is an important meeting for the YCA and I urge all members to attend.

I look forward to seeing you all on the day.

Yours sincerely

Ahmed Salem
Chair of the YCA

To download the Nomination Form please click here.

25 October 2011

Islam Awareness Day 2011

The Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell is holding a one day free training course on Wednesday 23 November 2011.

The event will be on the topic of caring and understanding the needs of the Muslim patient.

This Training day aims to inform, develop knowledge and raise awareness amongst professionals who work in the health, socialcare sectors or any care services of the needs of the Muslim community in Sandwell.

Places are limited and in order for you not to miss out on this great and free training opportunity, please complete and return the booking form early to avoid disappointment.

Free refreshments throughout the day and lunch will be provided.

Please circulate to all of your networks.

We look forward to hosting you on the day.

Afrah Muflihi
Health Development Officer

Download the poster by clicking here

Download the programme by clicking here

Download the booking form by clicking here

14 October 2011

East Africa Crisis Fundraiser Update

Young people from the Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell (YCA) have now managed to raise a total of £8,800 for Islamic Relief to aid famine victims in Somalia.

The Yemeni Youth Forum would like to thank everybody that took part to help raise this.

13 September 2011 East Africa Crisis Fundraiser

Family Fun DayYoung people from the Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell (YCA) supported by Sandwell Youth Services have now raised £4,200 for Islamic Relief to aid famine victims in Somalia. The young people organised a series of events including a family fun day, charity car wash and auction which was held on Thursday 28th July 2011 at its site on Tildasley Street, West Bromwich.

Attractions on the day included bouncing castles, bungee run, face painting, henna and inflatable assault course. The fun day was well attended by young people and their family and friends.
Speaking of the event, YCA Youth Officer, Ahmed Alkash, said: “The event was filled with fun and enjoyed by everyone who attended. At times when a minority of young people are involved in negative activity, it is inspiring to see young people coming together to help those affected by the worst food crisis of the 21st century. I just want to say thank you to all the young people and businesses that made the family fun day a great success”

Zeshaan Ali, Islamic Relief West Midlands Fundraiser, said “It is absolutely fantastic to see the youth from this centre engaged in such positive activities and raising over £4000 for the East Africa Crisis. This is an incredible amount and will benefit many people in the famine hit regions; including saving lives, providing food, water and medical help. Without the support of groups like the Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell, Islamic Relief wouldn’t be able to reach and help the people it does. We are very grateful for their efforts and everybody in Sandwell should be proud of these fine young adults.”

The Yemeni Youth Forum would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for their generous donations: Sandwell Car Sales, Al-Nisaa (Yemeni Women’s Group), Beechwood Cars Sales, handmadecanvas.com, Shanaz Riasoth Beauty Services, Khalid Yafai, Dilruba Wadud, Islamul Hoque, Abdar Alkash and Mohammed Tozammul Hoque.

6 July 2011 YCA Community Gym

The YCA supported with funding from SITA Landfill Trust are pleased to announce that the YCA Community Gym is now fully refurbished & reequipped with up to date cardio-vascular & muscular strength & endurance exercise equipment.

Access to the gym is via membership and nominal fees apply (proceeds going towards maintenance & repair of equipment). For terms & conditions and further information please see Shahada Begum or Afrah Muflihi at the Greets Green Access Centre.

The YCA Community Gym will be launched on Tuesday 19th July 2011

YCA Community Gym YCA Community Gym YCA Community Gym

4 July 2011 Community Development in Action

As an organisation we pride ourselves on not just engaging the community but have a special focus on community development where our ethos is to support individuals, groups and thus the community as a whole to become independent and realise their full potential.

Saba & Khatoon’s story:

Saba MuflahiTwo such individual cases of community development in action are that of Saba Saleh Al-Muflahi & Khatoon Hussain . Saba of Arab heritage and Khatoon of Pakistani heritage were both unemployed and seeking ways of improving their future job prospects. Both Saba & Khatoon responded to a text message from the YCA’s Health Development Manager asking if individuals would be interested in undergoing a 13 week EXTEND (gentle exercise) instructors’ training course.

Both Saba & Khatoon attended the course and after 13 weeks (at times a struggle) they qualified as EXTEND instructors. They are now delivering EXTEND classes for Agewell, are registered instructors with Sandwell Leisure Trust and deliver freelance work. They have both also undergone further training in related health fields to improve themselves further. Both Saba & Khatoon have said that they are grateful for the opportunity to have been enabled to access to the EXTEND course and thus gain family friendly employment in a field they had not considered prior to this.

Al-Nissa Women’s Group:

Governance Training, Child protection training

A few years ago the Health Development Manager (HDM) with help from funding from a trust established the Women’s Access Point (WAP) in west Bromwich. Here a group of local women from predominantly Arab heritage got together once a week to socialise, participate in arts project and learn new skills as well as support one another. During the weekly meetings the HDM encouraged the women’s group to consider establishing an independent organised group where they can have greater control & direction of their activities.

After consultation & further support the women’s group established the Al-Nisaa women’s group with their own constitution & bank account. The group now have a management committee and with further funding have undergone governance training in order to assist them to run the group & hold meetings more effectively, as well as undergoing child protection training to assist them to understand their obligations to child protection. The group are now in control of their activities and have recently secured £9,900 to run activities which will include crèche facilities & activity costs. The group are in the process of registering with the Charity Commission…………..so watch this space!!

1 July 2011 The YCA Needs YOU!!

After many years of vibrant conference hire facilities, which has kept the YCA functioning independently and enabled us to employ local people it’s with sadness we report that due to the current financial climate and local authority cut backs we are struggling to maintain our current level of services & staff. Until recently our primary conference booking have come from local authority however the cutbacks have impacting significantly on our conference bookings and therefore our income generating abilities.

The coalition government claims to care about the voluntary sector with the launch of The Big Society however it would appear that the cutbacks are putting more VS in jeopardy and in such a high deprivation area this bodes badly for all.

Therefore the YCA are making an appeal for private business, training enterprises and other businesses who require training rooms or conference facilities to consider approaching us where our prices are open to negotiations. In return you will be reinvesting back into the community.

The YCA are also appealing for volunteers to assist it to run various activities. We are particularly looking for expertise in funding applications, youth work & administration.

For further information contact Ragih Muflihi at the YCA.

27 June 2011

Arabian Coffee Morning

A morning not to be missed. On Wednesday 6th July 2011, 10am - 11.30am we are having an Arabian Coffee and Tea Party at the YCA.

Indulge in some of the most scrumptious and mouth-watering Arabian delicacies. On the day, we will be selling fresh cakes, biscuits, beverages & much more. Prices start from as low as 30p up to £1.50.

All proceeds will go to the YCA Cultural Project. We look forward to seeing you and your family.

*Miss it, miss out*

Download the poster by clicking here

14 June 2011

Health Update June 2011

Men’s Saturday Social Club Health Awareness Sessions

The YCA supported by Dr Richard Brambell are delivering monthly health awareness talks targeting the men that attend the Saturday Social Club at the Greets Green Access Centre. Richard has worked as a medical doctor in the Yemen for 7 years and is fluent in Arabic thus is able to deliver the awareness sessions directly.

So far coronary Vascular Disease and Stop Smoking Awareness sessions have been delivered during May & June. There are plans to deliver Diabetes awareness & Khat awareness on Saturday 16th July prior to breaking up for Ramadan. All Arabic speaking men welcome to attend

Stop Smoking with the YCA

Stop Smoking Service available at the Greets Green Access Centre. Support & advice given by the stop smoking advisor, carbon monoxide monitoring and 2 weeks prescription of NRT for the price of a normal prescription charge. For a limited period only stop smoking for 4 weeks with the YCA and receive 2 months free membership to the YCA Community Gym (terms & conditions apply). For further information see Afrah Muflihi (Health Development Manager) at the YCA.

9 June 2011

Courses Update June 2011

Course

Vocational Content

Date/Times

Jewellery Making

Learn how to design and make beautiful jewellery

Download the poster by clicking here

Wednesdays

10am - 12pm

Spoken English

Conversational English Lessons For non-English Speakers

Download the poster by clicking here

Wednesdays

12pm - 1pm

Spoken Arabic

Basic Spoken Arabic - Beginners Level
(Small fees applies)

Download the poster by clicking here

Mondays

5pm - 6:30pm

Written Arabic

Learn how to Read & Write Arabic - Intermediate Level (Small fees applies)

Download the poster by clicking here

Date & time to be confirmed

 


7 June 2011 Mother’s & Daughters Group

A new group has been established at the YCA that engages mother’s & daughters in social & spiritual activities. The aim of the group is to engage young females in activities that will explore spirituality, cultural conflicts and enable debates within a safe environment that will help them to become responsible citizens.

The Mothers & Daughters meet every Friday evening 7pm – 8.30pm at the Greets Green Access Centre. For further information contact Afrah Muflihi at the YCA.

6 June 2011 YCA in partnership with Sandwell Leisure Trust Active Women

Ladies Only Swimming Lessons

The YCA in partnership with Sandwell Leisure Trust are delivering 6 week ladies only swimming lessons at Haden Hill Leisure Centre in Cradley Heath on Wednesdays 11.30am – 12noon. The lessons came as a result of demands from ladies attending the Cradley Heath Women’s Access Point who wanted to learn the essential lifesaving skill within a culturally sensitive environment. The HDM approached Matt Hill from SLT and with assistance from him the lessons were organised with female only life guards & swimming instructors.

Ladies only Cycling Lessons

The YCA in partnership with Sandwell Leisure Trust and Sandwell PCT have just finished delivering another 6 weeks cycling course where women have learnt to ride a bike for the first time ore brushed up on very old bike riding skills. The lessons were delivered in a culturally sensitive manner where female instructors were used and the venue was pretty secluded to allow women the comfort to learn.

Women Only Badminton

The Women’s Elder Luncheon Club is currently attending Harry Mitchell Leisure centre on Thursdays 10.30am – 11.30am to participate in Badminton lessons.

3 June 2011 Day Trip to Safari Park

The YCA recently organised a day trip to West Midlands Safari Park on Thursday 2nd June 2011. The weather was absolutely fantastic and fun was had by all.

The cost of the trip was £13 per person (children under 4 years £6), the price included transport, entrance fee (normal entrance fee £7) and free wrist band for children aged 4-14 years (normal fee £10.99).

The children in particular reported that due to the good weather and the free wrist bands that they had a truly wonderful day.

We are always open to suggestions for destinations for day trips so please let us know if whilst on your travels you come across a destination that you feel the community may enjoy.

1 June 2011 Local Yemeni Mother appointed parent governor at Gun’s Village Primary School

I feel privileged to have been appointed the role of parent governor at my children’s school - Guns Village Primary School in West Bromwich.

Every child deserves a good education and i feel it is important that parents play a vital role in achieving this, and being involved in your child’s education as a parent governor is an opportunity to help get the best out of schools as possible and make a difference.

Some of the roles a parent governor include:

• speaking for parents and pupils on education matters at local authority meetings
• voting in key decisions
• keeping in touch with general views of parents

Many of us know that quite a significant number of schools in Sandwell are underperforming with GCSE and SATS results below the national average. Working together with schools and being involved in your child’s education, hopefully, as parents we can strive to help change this.

The roles of a parent governor may be challenging but the rewards are immense.
So if you want your voice heard, get involved!

If you think you have the time and the commitment to be a parent governor contact your children’s school or local authority.

Roqaya Ahmed

27 May 2011 Congratulations (Mabrookeen) to……

New Arrivals:

Alf Mabrook to all the families within the community who have recently had a new baby. Mashallah our community is expanding and InshAllah all the mothers & babies are in good health.

Driving Passes:

Well done to Maryam Yafai, Touria Oumerjal & Aisha Ahmed on passing their driving test. There is only one thing left to say....AHHHHH everyone quickly get off the road.

Exams:

Many congratulations to Hannah Obeid on passing her degree in Maths …..and not just a pass but a FIRST CLASS pass !! WOW MashAllah.

Congratulations to all those who have passed their GCSE’s, A ‘Levels & first year in university, there are too many names to mention but you know who you are !!

Finally congratulations to Abdul Alkash the YCA welfare advice worker on passing his Level 4 Information Advice & Guidance (IAG), this will inshAllah benefit the community as a whole in further improvements to our advice services.

18 February 2011

Congratulations to Saba Saleh Yafai

SabaThe Yemeni Community Association would like to congratulate Saba Saleh Yafai for achieving an MPhil exploring interspecific communication between two elusive carnivores, an area highly relevant to UK biodiversity conservation.
Her professional track record, which also includes; MSc in Habitat Creation and Management, a Postgraduate certificate in research methods (PgCRM), Bsc (Hons) Biological sciences and a job with Europe’s largest milk recording organisation, has contributed to her extensive experience in research and development.

Saba has had to show considerable initiative and problem-solving skills in devising original techniques and apparatus for her university studies, and in undertaking original experimental work, there have been numerous occasions where she has had to be proactive and flexible in her approach. Her research has been largely unfunded, so Saba has had to work whatever long hours were necessary in order to achieve her goals. It is this commitment and resilience that she should be most proud of.

When congratuatled by the YCA on her success, Saba was quick to thank Allah subhanahu Wa Ta'alah for the achievements, and for blessing her with a wonderful and supportive family, Alhamdulillah.

Her message to others is: “It is not always possible to have control over what happens in our lives, but we must always remember that it is completely in our power to do something about whatever situation we find ourselves in – it is no sin to fall over, but a cardinal one to fail to get up again, dust ourselves off and carry on with renewed vigour. Always be determined to move your focus from the closed door in your life and set your sights on a whole new corridor of unopened ones. Inshallah we can all achieve our dreams if we aim for the stars.”

16 December 2010

Christmas Football & Sports Camp

10am - 3pm at
George Salter Collegiate Academy (Entrance via Davey Road)

Children aged 6-12 years old

December- Saturday 11th, 18th & Friday Christmas Eve 24th

£5 only each day

Football matches, training, games and prizes for everyone. Packed lunch and drinks needed on the day

Please return with £5 enclosed by post to –

A.Alkash, GSCA, Claypit Lane, West Brom, B70 9UW
(Cash or Cheques only payable to GSCA)

For more details call - 0121 553 4665 Ext-268

Or just TURN UP 9.45AM on the days

email – abdar.alkash@collegiateacademy.org.uk

All Coaches CRB cleared and NGB qualified.
For more details, please visit – www.georgesalter.com

Download the form and poster by clicking here

14 December 2010

Forced Marriage Play

The YCA Health Development Officer alongside colleagues from the Community Health Network (Sandwell PCT) and Sandwell Organisations Against Domestic Abuse (SOADA) are involved in raising awareness of the negative impact that forced marriages have on communities.

A play on Forced Marriage (Your Choice, Your Future) was delivered at the Public building on Thursday 25th November. The play was directed and produced by Salochana Devi with the actors being young Muslim girls from Tipton Muslim Centre who had a passion for raising awareness of forced marriage. The day was attended by well over 80 people and was well received by the audience.

13 December 2010

Health Update December 2010

Eid, Health & Wellbeing Day

The Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell in partnership with the Community Health Network, Sandwell Primary Care Trust, and Sandwell South Asian Targeted Health Initiative held a joint Eid, Health & Wellbeing Day on Monday 22nd November in Tipton.

The Day compromised of various pampering stalls, health information stalls, health assessments and sporting activities. Free transport from across Sandwell was provided to enable the women to access the venue.

142 women attended the day and 40 health assessments were carried out by Sandwell PCT’s Health Trainers where 10 women were identified to have raised Blood pressure and subsequently referred back to their GP for further follow up.

The women reported that they enjoyed the pampering stalls and the health checks in particular.

 

Women’s Diabetes Awareness Day

A diabetes Awareness session targeting women will be held on Thursday 16th December at the Greets Green Access Centre (YCA).

The programme will consist of:
10.30am – 11.30am Diabetes Presentation
11.30am – 1pm Health Checks
1pm Lunch

If you would be interested in attending this day please reserve your place by calling Afrah on 0121 525 3909.

 

Men’s Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) Risk Screening Day

A CHD awareness and risk screening day targeting men will take place on Friday 17th December at the Greets Green Access Centre (YCA).

The screening will entail blood tests, Height, Weight, BMI, Blood Pressure as well as a lifestyle questionnaire. This will enable the practitioners to give you an indication of your risk of developing CHD (UK no 1 killer) and where necessary refer to GP for further intervention and follow up.

The screening will take place from 10am – 3pm and the first 50 people to reserve their place will be booked in. It is advisable to pre-book in order to avoid disappointment. To reserve you place please call Afrah on 0121 525 3909.

 

Cradley Heath Women’s Information Day

Women from the Yemeni & Pakistani community were invited to an event at Cradley Heath Community Centre on Monday 29th November in order to gather information on what ladies would like to see happening for them in their area.

27 women attended the day where there was also an opportunity to participate in mehndi, head massage and nail art as well as have lunch. The women at the event identified that they would like to participate in the following activities:

• Keep fit (women only) – This presently takes place each Monday 9.30am – 10.30am (£2 charge from January 2011)
• Family Trips
• Short Beauty courses
• Women Only Swimming Sessions – I have spoken to the physical activity development worker (Matt Hill) at Sandwell Leisure Trust at Haden Hill Leisure Centre to look at possibly setting this up.
• Sewing
• Healthy Eating / cooking
• Confidence Building & Assertiveness classes
• IT
• Weight Management classes
• Social activities
• Islam classes (e.g women’s rights in Islam etc)

Cradley Heath & Old Hill Sure Start supported by us are starting a new drop in coffee morning session from January 10th between 10am – 12noon at the Cradley Heath Community Centre where all women are welcome to attend (crèche provided). To reserve crèche places please ring the sure start on 01384414777. This coffee morning will be the catalyst to implement the ideas requested by the women so please try and attend.

15 October 2010

Islam Awareness Day 2010

Dear colleague, please find below the information for the Islam Awareness Week 2010 which will be launched at the Public West Bromwich on the1st November .

Please circulate to all your networks.

To confirm your attendance for the launch event on 1st November, please email Wenda Leslie at: wenda_leslie@sandwell.gov.uk or Joy Nuttal at: joy_nuttall@sandwell.gov.uk

Download poster and booking form by clicking here

10 September 2010

Eid Mubarak

The Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell would like to say Eid Mubarak and wishes everyone to have a happy Eid.

8 September 2010 Big Challenge at George Salter Collegiate Academy

On Saturday 17th / Sunday 18th July 2010 the Big Challenge event was held at George Salter Collegiate Academy.

It aspired to aim out to a mixed community, targeting aspects of many cultures and languages. The purpose was thinking about unity in the community and designed to ask of how we can create this.
The idea was for people to just turn up and play. Everything offered was free, things such as free t-shirts, trophies and medals.

On Saturday the attendees for the under 16’s consisted of roughly 100 children. Then on Sunday for the over 16’s age group, roughly 80 adults attended.

The objective was to try and break down cultural and religions barrier within the entire community. Teams just turned up and were put into mixed teams, instead of staying with same people from the same race and religion. This was to get them out of their comfort zone and to have a new experience. The people were randomly picked and were put into teams being called the red team, blue team, etc

The activities offered consisted of various sports, with football, basketball and cricket being available for the youth on Saturday. The following day the adults were presented with just football.

Quotes from everybody were similar, implementing the idea of a fun and exciting day. Things being said such as –

“It was a fun and exciting day, full of surprises. I met new people and made new friends. I thought the day was interesting.”

“I liked today because it was fun, exciting and everybody was enthusiastic and energetic.”

The outcome of the event was a success, with many people having really enjoyed themselves. Having also amounted to a confidence booster, causing the attendees to challenging themselves to team work and escaping their comfort zone. Towards the end of the day a lot of new friendships had been formed, with smiles all around.

Parties involved with the project were West Bromwich Albion, West Bromwich Youth Council, Yemeni Community Association, George Salter Collegiate Academy & Sandwell Youth Service

Pictures from the day

Big Challenge at George Salter Collegiate AcademyBig Challenge at George Salter Collegiate AcademyBig Challenge at George Salter Collegiate Academy

Big Challenge at George Salter Collegiate AcademyBig Challenge at George Salter Collegiate Academy

6 September 2010

Upcoming Police Surgeries

You can meet officers from your neighbourhood team at local police surgeries and forums.

Dates for upcoming Police Surgeries:

Thursday 30th September 2010

Thursday 28th October 2010

Thursday 25th November 2010

Thursday 30th December 2010

Venue:

Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell Limited
Greets Green Access Centre
Tildasley Street
West Bromwich
West Midlands
B70 9SJ


3pm – 4pm

By attending these meetings, YOU can have a real say in creating local policing priorities.

Contact:
There are a number of ways in which you can contact your local police team. You can leave a message by calling 0345 113 5000. When prompted please enter 7911 6731. You can call 999 in case of emergency.

Email: westbromwichcentral@west-midlands.police.uk
Visit online: www.sandwellpolice.org.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/sandwellpolice

Write to: West Bromwich Central Neighbourhood Team, West Brom Police Station, New Street, B70 7PJ.

12 July 2010

YCA Family Trip to Barry Island - Saturday 24th July 2010

The Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell ltd have organised a day trip to the welsh coast of Barry Island.  The cost of the trip is only £7 pre seat (irrespective of age) and is partly subsidised by the YCA.

It is anticipated that the coaches will leave Sandwell at the following times & pick up points:

8:00am

West Bromwich (Corner of Edward Street & Lodge Road)

8:20am

Smethwick High Street (Victoria Park entrance bus lay-by)

8:45am

Cradley Heath (Halesowen Rd by Church Street)

If you would like to reserve your seat please see one of the YCA staff who will be happy to assist.

9 July 2010

Time4Me group day trip to Telford Park

Time4Me group day trip to Telford Park
Time4Me group day trip to Telford Park
Time4Me group day trip to Telford Park

The Time4Me group are a group of young(ish) women who meet at the YCA every Wednesday 10am – 12 noon. Here they get a chance to meet friends, socialise,participate in awareness sessions & various craft sessions, whilst their pre-school children are being cared for in the YCA sessional crèche.

On Friday 25th June the group organised a trip to Telford Park with the children in order, it was a bright sunny day and fun was had by all.

 

6 July 2010

YCA Men’s Sponsored 3 mile Run

YCA Men’s Sponsored 3 mile Run

Congratulations to all the Young men who participated in the YCA sponsored 3 mile Run with proceeds going to the YCA Cultural Project.

Leading up to the event the men had 8 weeks of training at Sandwell valleyYCA Men’s Sponsored 3 mile Run Country Park, where they trained on a Saturday morning led by Geoff Cox. The training sessions proved to be popular where the men reported to enjoy the sessions.

On the 12th June 12 men participated in the 3 Mile Run where the starting point was at the Pavillion in Sandwell Valley Park, around Forge Mill Lake and ended at Forge Mill Park.

YCA Men’s Sponsored 3 mile Run

The total money raised has yet to be totalled up but so far it is in excess of £300 towards the project. A big thank you to Geoff Cox and his team of 9 volunteers who were of great assistance on the day.

5 July 2010

YCA’s Chief Executive Awarded

YCA’s Chief Executive AwardedWe would like to Congratulate Ragih Saleh Muflihi the Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell Chief Executive Officer on being awarded by the Yemen Voice Magazine for his

“Hard work, commitment and devotion to the Yemeni Community in the West Midlands.

YCA’s Chief Executive Awarded

 

The Award was given in partnership with Families Relief, Halesowen & Dudley Yemeni Community Association & other Yemeni Community organisations.  The Award evening was organised by Abdul-Alem Al-Shamery, Editor/in Chief of the Yemen Voice Magazine UK, and was hosted at Al-Fanoose restaurant where a full traditional Yemeni meal was also served.

YCA’s Chief Executive Awarded

The Award and the evening itself was a complete surprise to Ragih where in excess of 50 Yemeni work colleagues, professionals and community members attended to support and congratulate Ragih for his dedication.

3 June 2010

5-a-Side Football - YCA Cultural Project Tournament

7-a-Side Football - YCA Cultural Project Tournament

for 16 years and over

Saturday 19th June 2010

11:00am – 6:00pm at the
George Salter Collegiate Academy’s Astro Pitch

£50.00 per Team
and any voluntary contribution welcome
(All proceedings will go to charity)

Calling all Male Footballers aged 16 and over

Why not get you and six friends to enter the YCA Cultural Project Football Tournament?

YOU pick your team and team name
(but keep it clean – offensive team names won’t be allowed!)

Registration is at 11:00am - 12:00pm with the first games being played at 12.30pm

Hurry! – Only a maximum of 16 teams can enter! First come first serve.

Please ensure appropriate footwear is worn – no studs, moulded studs or blades allowed.

Closing Date: Wednesday 16th June 2010

For more information or to request an application form please contact Ragih Muflihi on:

Tel: 0121 525 3909
Email: info@yca-sandwell.org.uk

or alternatively you can download the forms below:

To download the application form please click here
To download the football rules please click here
To download the directions to the astro pitch please click here

1 June 2010 Community Crime fighters Awareness Day

Community Crime fighters Awareness DayThe Al-Nissa group obtained funding from Justice Seen Justice Done Community Crime Fighters Small Grants Programme to organise a community crime fighters awareness day aimed at women.

The Community Crime Fighters Awareness day was held on Monday 8th March 2010 at Lodge Road Community Centre in West Bromwich.  Various crime fighting agencies attended the event with information stalls where women could access information in various languages and interpreting support was given where necessary.  Community Crime fighters Awareness Day

Presentations were also held on ‘Forced Marriages’ and the ‘Policing Pledge’  where again the audience had the opportunity to participate in and ask questions/raise concerns with the speakers.

The day was well attended with 125 women from various ethnic backgrounds and service providers attended.  The feedback was very positive from all those who attended.

1 June 2010 Blackwell Adventure Outing

Blackwell Adventure OutingThe Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell ltd secured funding from Urban Living Community Cohesion Fund to take women from various ethnic backgrounds to an adventure park to take part in informal fun activities that would also promote community cohesion.

60 women from Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Afro-Caribbean, Irish and Yemeni Ethnic backgrounds were taken to an adventure park to take part in various team building and adventure activities.  Blackwell Adventure Outing

For all the women it was the first time they had an opportunity to take part in this type of adventure activities.  The women enjoyed themselves so much they have reported that they would like to access this activity again in the future.

1 June 2010 Yemeni Students visit the UK

Yemeni StudentsThe five students and one teacher travelled to the UK on March 13th after winning the first prize in the British Council’s competition “I’m a Global Citizen,” held last autumn around the Middle East. Zainab school’s students won for their powerful and sharp presentations on terrorism.  They joined eighty students from schools across England and Northern Ireland and five other winning schools from Iraq, Yemen, Kuwait, UAE, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia who are all involved in the international school linking scheme
Yemeni Students
Zainab School students met pupils from their British partner school George Salter Collegiate Academy where they spent four days in Sandwell, raising awareness and understanding about life in Yemen. The students and teacher where also invited, along with a camera crew, to the Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell where they learned how the organisation serves the local Yemeni community and were amazed at the services the organisation provides.  Yemeni Students

During this meeting the students indicated that they missed traditional Yemeni cuisine having experienced only ‘English cuisine’ throughout their stay.  Here the YCA ceased the opportunity to make a memorable impact on the students stay in Sandwell by taking them to a Yemeni restaurant to sample the traditional Yemeni cuisine that they had craved.

 

16 April 2010 YCA Health Inspirational Case Study

Want to find out how the YCA mini gymnasium helped Coleen Shekerie achieve significant weight loss and lifestyle changes  ....... read on!

 

Previous

Present

Dress Size

20 – 22

10 – 12

Exercise Regime

Daily Slow Walk for 1 mile.

30-40 minutes 5 x gym cardiovascular workout.
Yoga

Typical Diet

Lots of bread & Cheese.
Unhealthy snacks in between meals.
Quick & easy food

Lots of fresh fruit, fish, shellfish and nuts.
Planned and freshly cooked meals


Coleen Before
Coleen before her weight loss

In 2 years Coleen has amazingly reduced her dress size from a size 20-22 to a svelte size 10-12 and she looks amazing for it. 

Coleen does not know what her weight was prior to her weight loss and even now she has no idea of her weight.  She feels people can become obsessed with what the scales reads rather than how they are feeling or what their body is telling them, even now Coleen is not interested in what the scales actually say as she the most important thing is she feels well and happy.


“I began to think I was looking older than I really was and felt restricted in the style of clothes that I was able to choose from”.

Coleen After
Coleen after her weight loss

Having a family history of arthritis and herself having increasing joint pains as well as wanting to confidently participate in activities with her only child without feeling discomfort, it occurred to Coleen that it was time to confront the excessive amount of weight that she had been carrying for nearly 30 years. 

“Losing weight was my gift to my son, a new lifestyle for both of us”

Prior to deciding to make the life change Coleen did exercise by taking daily walks, however she acknowledges that this tended to be slow walks and even then she felt very unfit and ached all over.  Now Coleen uses the YCA mini gymnasium to do 30-40 minutes of cardiovascular workouts 5 days a week and has recently discovered the joys of Yoga.

“In the main I have spent the last 2 years in the gym at the YCA”

Indeed Coleen reports that her son loves the fact that she goes to the gym and it was important to her that her son observed that it was not the weight loss that was important but the workout, however he has also noted the psychological benefits of exercise.

“He says it (exercise) makes me far happier and less likely to be in a bad mood”

Coleen describes herself as food enthusiast; however her meals are now centred on consumption of nuts, fresh fruit with lots of fish and shellfish.  This is in comparison to her previous diet of quick and easy meals containing lots of bread and cheese as well as snacking in between meals on what she describes as “complete rubbish.”  Coleen now plans her family meals and cooks from scratch and enjoys experimenting with all kind of cooking using lots of fresh ingredients.  Coleen has a healthy relationship with food allowing herself the odd occasional (but it is only occasional) treat.

“I don’t belief in suffering and denial, preferring to eat a small amount than find myself guilt ridden”

Most importantly Coleen’s son is also picking up healthy eating habits as well as enjoying  the prepared meals.

“It’s important for me to set an example of healthy eating for him”

ColeenColeen’s weight loss has been a gradual but noticeable over the 2 years that she has been based at the YCA working for Sandwell PCT.  It seemed every time we the YCA staff saw her walking through our office (after yet another gym session) she would appear to have dropped yet another dress size and indeed she has also been an inspiration to others who saw weight loss to be motivated into using the YCA gym.

Coleen describes her lifestyle change as an  “interesting personal journey” and she used her time in the YCA gym as a time for meditation describing these sessions as  “taking time to find a place to be at peace .......getting rid of some negative thoughts” and she advices;

“Everyone has to find their own approach to achieve their personal goals”

So what next.... Coleen states that her aim is to remain disciplined around her personal health and wants to continue to be stronger and fitter. However most importantly she wants;

“To be physically, spiritually and emotionally aware and the will to make the changes that need to happen”

If you would like to make lifestyle changes and require support to achieve these changes contact either the Health Development Team at the YCA on 0121 525 3909 or alternatively the Lifestyle Unit at Sandwell PCT on 0845 155 0500.

17 March 2010

Lads & Dads at the YCA

In September 2009 the YCA was successful in securing funding from the Transformation Fund to offer 2 programmes of Lads & Dads Sessions until 31st March 2010.
The aim of the project was to improve social relationships between families through promoting intergenerational learning as well as the project activities  aiming to contribute to the health and well being  not only of the participants but also impact on the health and well being on the whole family.  Project objectives included:

The project activities included

Story Telling (stories of the prophets) - The course brought Lads & dads together to learn about the stories of the prophets.  The initial course took place at the Greets Green Access Centre and ran for 2 hours, once a week and over 12 week period, resource were brought to assist lads & dads interacting in a meaningful way.  The Lads & Dads Story Telling will continue running each Sunday at the Greets Green Access Centre from 6pm – 7.30pm.

Swimming Lessons- Participants were given the opportunity to learn how to swim or develop further swimming skills for leisure & health. The sessions took place at Tipton Swimming Baths each Saturday 2pm – 3pm where transport was also provided.  This course took place as a family learning opportunity where males from different generations participated in the project.  The Swimming sessions came to an end at the end of March but as it proved to be popular with the males, the Health Development Officer is looking at other funding opportunities.

16 March 2010

New Year New Beginnings

Men’s Health Day

The YCA in conjunction with members of the Community Health Network were instrumental in organising a men’s health day on Saturday 30th January 2010 at Hadley Stadium in Smethwick.  The event was very well attended with approximately 150 men participating in the various activities offered on the day.

Activities offered on the day included: bike riding, Kick boxing, Badminton, Football Tournament, Yoga, Ti-Chi, Break Dancing and fun inflatable’s.  The feedback from men on the day was very positive that a similar event is scheduled for June during Men’s Health Day Activities offered on the day included: bike riding, Kick boxing, Badminton, Football Tournament, Yoga, Ti-Chi, Break Dancing and fun inflatable’s.  The feedback from men on the day was very positive that a similar event is scheduled for June during Men’s Health Day Activities offered on the day included: bike riding, Kick boxing, Badminton, Football Tournament, Yoga, Ti-Chi, Break Dancing and fun inflatable’s.  The feedback from men on the day was very positive that a similar event is scheduled for June during Men’s Health Day

Activities offered on the day included: bike riding, Kick boxing, Badminton, Football Tournament, Yoga, Ti-Chi, Break Dancing and fun inflatable’s.  The feedback from men on the day was very positive that a similar event is scheduled for June during Men’s Health Day.

International Women’s Week (Monday 8th March – Friday 12th March 2010)

The YCA in partnership with the Community Health Network and Extended Services organised a week long activities aimed at women to coincide with International Women’s Day.

In total 405 women from various ethnic backgrounds (English, Afro-Caribbean, Irish, Pakistani, Indian, Pakistani and Yemeni) participated in the week long events.  Feedback from both women users and partners highlighted the need to hold more similar activities that brought women from different ethnic backgrounds together in a fun and sociable way.

Activities during the week included:

  • Community Crime Fighters Awareness Day –125 women had the opportunity to obtain information from various crime fighting agencies as well as a presentation from West Midlands Police on the Policing Pedge and Sandwell Against Domestic Abuse who presented on ‘Forced Marriages’
  • Cultural Fun Day – 80 women had the opportunity to participate in Bollywood & Egyptian dance workshops as well as looking around the various cultural stalls.  Activities also included staff parading their cultural dress in a fashion show and mehndi workshops.
  • Blackwell Adventure Park – 60 women from various ethnic backgrounds participated in an outing to Blackwell adventure park where they had the opportunity to try out team building and adventure activities.  The event was very successfull in bringing women from different ethnic backgrounds working together as a team.
  • Sports & Health Day – 78 women participated in various multi-sporting activities offered at Harry Mitchell Leisure centre.  Activities included Circuit Training, Bollywood exercise, Yoga, Pilates, Dance Mats, Salsa Dance, Badminton and access to the ladies only gymnasium.
  • Pampering & Wellbeing Day – To close the week 56 women participated in various relaxation & pampering sessions. Women from various ethnic backgrounds enjoyed participating in head massage, foot massage, facials, threading, nail art, manicures, hand massage, mehndi and relaxations workshop.

Slimwell

The YCA health team are presently into the 15th week of a 20 week slimming programme.  The programme in partnership with Sandwell PCT Slimwell is a 20 week programme that delivers healthy eating awareness sessions as well as looking lifestyle behaviour to encourage weight loss.  The programme has been very success full in achieving weight loss for those women in participating. 

One woman lost a whopping 14 lbs (1 stone) in 8 weeks just by following the programme advice.  When this particular woman was asked what changes she had made to her life she stated “i just followed what i was told and it worked” she also stated there is no “easy answer or quick fix you just have to follow a healthier lifestyle”.

The slimming programme is currently running every Wednesday at the Greets Green Access Centre 10am – 12noon.

16 March 2010

Coronary Heart Disease (CHD)

Coronary Heart disease (CAD) is a condition in which plaque builds up inside the coronary arteries. These arteries supply your heart muscle with oxygen-rich blood.
Plaque is made up of fat, cholesterol and other substances found in the blood. When plaque builds up in the arteries, the condition is called atherosclerosis.

Atherosclerosis

Coronary Heart Disease
Click on Image above to Enlarge

Figure A shows a normal artery with normal blood flow. Figure B shows an artery with plaque build up.
Plaque narrows the arteries and reduces blood flow to your heart muscle. It also makes it more likely that blood clots will form in your arteries. Blood clots can partially or completely block blood flow.

Overview

When your coronary arteries are narrowed or blocked, oxygen-rich blood can't reach your heart muscle. This can cause angina or a heart attack

Angina is chest pain or discomfort that occurs when not enough oxygen-rich blood is flowing to an area of your heart muscle. Angina may feel like pressure or squeezing in your chest. The pain also may occur in your shoulders, arms, neck, jaw, or back.

A heart attack occurs when blood flow to an area of your heart muscle is completely blocked. This prevents oxygen-rich blood from reaching that area of heart muscle and causes it to die. Without quick treatment, a heart attack can lead to serious problems and even death.

Over time, CHD can weaken the heart muscle and lead to heart failure and arrhythmias. Heart failure is a condition in which your heart can't pump enough blood throughout your body. Arrhythmias are problems with the speed or rhythm of your heartbeat.

Outlook

CHD is the most common type of heart disease. It's the leading cause of death in the United Kingdom for both men and women. Lifestyle changes, medicines, and/or medical procedures can effectively prevent or treat CAD in most people.

What are the risk factors?

Atherosclerosis affects many people. It can start at the age of 20 and increases with advancing age.
The exact cause is unknown, but several risk factors accelerate the formation of fatty deposits in the arteries:

What can I do to help myself?

The most important thing is to prevent atherosclerosis from developing.
First, think about whether you belong to any of the risk groups. Risk factors are cumulative - the more you have, the greater the risk of developing a significant problem with cardiovascular disease.
To minimise your risk:

  • quit smoking - stopping smoking has been shown to reduce the risk of cardiac problems by 50 per cent after only one year
  • eat a varied and healthy diet, including lots of vegetables and products that are high in fibre and low in fat
  • avoid saturated fats (animal fat) in preference to fish and vegetable oils
  • lose weight if you are overweight
  • exercise more
  • maintain treatment for diabetes or high blood pressure

For further information and support contact:

- British Heart Foundation on 0300 330 3311
- YCA on 0121 525 3909
- NHS Direct on 0845 4647
- Your General Practitioner or Practice Nurse

15 March 2010 Women’s Access Points (WAPs) ©2005 Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell LTD

Consultation with women within the Sandwell area highlighted that women wanted to establish local and accessible points where they were able to access a variety of programmes such as health and educational programmes as well as information advice and guidance within an environment that would also address communication, cultural and childcare needs.  Therefore in response to the expressed needs of women within Sandwell, the YCA developed a number of Women’s Access Points (WAP’s ©) throughout Sandwell.

Rowley Regis WAP
In partnership with Cradley Heath & Old Hill Children’s Centre and Barrow Cadbury Trust the YCA established a WAP at Cradley Heath Community Centre in Cradley Heath.  The point presently offers women from various ethnic backgrounds fitness sessions, health awareness sessions, educational programme as well as social activities.  The WAP is easily accessible to women living within the local area and crèche support is provided.  Presently the WAP runs each Monday (Term Times) 10am – 12 noon.

West Bromwich WAP
The longest and most established of the WAP’s the West Bromwich WAP is now in its 5th year and caters for women from various ethnic backgrounds however presently main users are from Yemeni, Pakistani and African ethnic back grounds.  The West Bromwich WAP offers a variety of gender specific activities within the Greets Green Access Centre, which is further supported by language, cultural and crèche support where necessary.  The type of activities offered at the West Bromwich WAP run where necessary during term times only and includes the following*:

  • English for Speaker of Other Languages (Mondays 10am – 12noon)
  • Basic spoken Arabic for non-Arabic speakers (Mondays 1pm – 2pm)
  • Basic Computer & Internet Safety (Tuesdays 1pm – 3pm)
  • Time4me social group (Wednesdays 10am – 12noon)
  • Elderly Women’s Luncheon Club (Thursdays 10am – 2pm)
  • Women Only Advice, information & Guidance Sessions (10am – 1pm)
  • Women Only Gym Sessions (Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 9.30am – 12.30pm & Sundays 11am – 12noon)

(*Some activities require YCA membership or may incur a small cost)

Smethwick WAP:
Due to demand from local women the YCA are presently in the process of establishing a WAP in Smethwick.  This is in the consultation stages with women residing in Smethwick but again it will cater for women from various ethnic backgrounds and will aim to deliver a range of programmes within one point that would take into account any barriers to participation.  Further information to follow.

28 January 2010

Special Guest kick starts the YCA Cultural Project

YCA Cultural ProjectThe Yemeni Community received a welcome guest to carryout Friday prayers and to kick start the YCA Cultural Centre Project where the YCA hopes to raise £500,500.00 to extend the current YCA premise to accommodate more community activities. The building plans have been approved by Sandwell Council and now the hard work really begins.

Shaykh Rajab ZakiShaykh Rajab Zaki a prominent and respected Imam from Egypt who is also visually impaired, highlighted the importance of having a community base which would further serve the needs of the community in particular the young people, the elderly and the women.

The proposed extension would assist the YCA to continue to reduce isolation within the community as well as contribute to community development.

The plans are to build classrooms, a multi function room and a crèche to encourage women to seek further education and skills development.
YCA Cultural Project
The event with Shaykh Rajab Zaki was held on Christmas day and was very well attended and raised £2318 in cash with another £13,000 pledges.

To visit our YCA Cultural Website please click here

To donate to our YCA Cultural Project please click here

27 January 2010

Saeed Nasser wins another Award as YCA Community Champion

Each year the YCA Management Committee chooses members of the Yemeni community who play a big part in improving the lives of others or have done something that stands out above all others.

At this year Annual General Meeting the Chairman Ahmed Salem presented Saeed Nasser with YCA 2009 Community Champion Award for his outstanding work throughout the year especially in the service he provides for the vulnerable people within the community. Saeed’s work  is not only outstanding because he assists the most vulnerable but  he also understands what people are going through when faced with barriers as he himself has to overcome many barriers having visual impairment from a very young age.

The second Community Champion Award was given to Yasser Nasser, Saeed’s son for spending all his pocket money to raise funds for the YCA Cultural Centre project.  He opened a tuck shop for the youth during the fasting month of Ramadhan and he managed to convert his £50 pocket money into over £200 towards the Project. Yasser follows in the footsteps of his father by putting community before self.

The Management Committee feels that this year’s awards are a tough act to follow and welcome any person to nominate someone for the coming year’s YCA Community Champion Award.

27 January 2010 Forced Marriage

For many years now there have been concerns over forced marriage (in Britain and elsewhere) and a result the UK government passed a bill called the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection Act) 2007 which can have legal implications that all communities need to know about.

What is Forced Marriage?
A forced marriage is a marriage that happens when either or both parties have been pressured into entering the marriage, without giving their free consent. They may have been emotionally blackmailed, physically threatened or abused.

What is the difference between Forced Marriage and Arranged Marriage?
Arranged marriage, may have been set up by a relative or friend, but the choice whether or not to accept the arrangement remains with the two people to be married.

Is Forced Marriage not within my religion?
Although some people may try to tell you that forced marriage is not against your religion; they are wrong.  All major world religions including Islam, Hinduism Christianity or Sikhism are against forcing someone to marry.

Forced Marriage is a tradition which results from cultural factors not religion.
Why does it happen?
It happens due to a range of factors, to protect wealth and family reputation or “izzat”. The UK's Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) outlines the following reasons why people force others into marriage:

  • To control unwanted behaviour and sexuality, and prevent ‘unsuitable’ relationships, i.e. with people outside their ethnic, cultural, caste or religious group
  • To protect perceived cultural or religious ideals
  • Family ‘honour’ or long-standing family commitments
  • Peer group or family pressure
  • To ensure land, property and wealth remain in the family
  • To strengthen family links
  • To assist claims for residence and citizenship
  • To provide a carer for a disabled family member / reduce the ‘stigma’ of disability

What happens if somebody is forced into marriage?
Forced marriage can happen to both men and women. People who are being forced into marriage face many problems. They may feel frightened, lonely and withdrawn and it may lead to mental and physical health problems including depression, eating disorders and self-harm. They may develop poor attendance and performance at their workplace or educational institution.
They are often apart from their family and can suffer domestic abuse at the hands of their partners or in-laws. They may experience financial problems, lack of family support and stigma in their community. The victim may also worry about the consequences for their in-laws and their own family if they walk out on a forced marriage and report it to an authority. A number of those trying to leave a forced marriage have even become victims of honour-based violence or committed suicide.

What does the law say?
Forced marriage is against the law and will not be tolerated. Those who fail to obey an order may be found in contempt of court and sent to prison for up to two years. Forced Marriages provides a way out for those already in an unwanted union. Family members can be prosecuted for offences like threatening behaviour, assault, kidnap, abduction, theft (of passport) threats to kill, imprisonment and murder. Sexual intercourse without consent is rape, regardless of this happens within a marriage Court can also issue Forced Marriage Protection Order, which will contain terms that are designed to protect the victim in their particular circumstances. Examples of the types of orders the court may make are:

  • to prevent a forced marriage from occurring
  • to hand over passports
  • to stop intimidation and violence
  • to reveal the whereabouts of a person
  • to stop someone from being taken abroad

Help is available from various agencies: In an emergency always ring 999                                                 

Forced Marriage Unit: 020 7008 0151 (Mon-Fri: 09.00-17.00)
Email:
fmu@fco.gov.uk Web: www.fco.gov.uk/forcedmarriage

Freephone 24 Hour National Domestic Violence 0808 200 0247
   
Sandwell Organisations against Domestic Abuse 0845 359 7525
West Midlands Police 0845 113 500
Victim Support 0121 569 7980
Sandwell Women’s Aid  0121 552 6448
Sandwell Rape Support 0845 055 9597
Humdard  0845 607 6474
Referral & Assessment Team 0845 351 0131

To download poster in English please click here

To download poster in Arabic please click here

26 January 2010

Greets Green Partnership

Greets Green Partnership Greets Green Partnership is coming to the end of its 10 year program. The Government invested around £55 million to improve the run down area known as Greets Green and as a consequence changed the lives of many local residents. Prior to this crucial investment the area suffered from many disadvantages which included high unemployment, high crime rate, low and poor quality housing stock and one of the worst educational standards in the country.

With a large number of the Yemeni Community residing within the Greets Green area the Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell  ensured the needs of the community were represented in the decision making process.  The YCA has been an active Greets Green Partnership board member and has proudly seen the transformation of the area and its community as a whole, which include:-

  • Improved education attainment year on year with one local school winning 2 years in a row, ‘the most improved school in the country’.
  • Crime and anti-social behaviour has been reduced so much our community feel safe to leave their homes without fear.
  • Wardens and gating systems played a major part in the reduction of crime.
  • Funding the purchase of community venues has seen a major change in the participation of different communities and increased community cohesion.
  • Increased partnership working with different communities doing joint funding proposals.
  • Cleaner and improved lighting on the streets were members can walk safely at night. 
  • Major drive to train the community to be skilled for jobs when current world working climate changes.
  • Increased secure homes with security alarms and locks.
  • Major improvement to housing standard has seen new gardens walls, roofs and heating systems replaced.
  • Annual community event for the whole community.
  • Improvement in people’s health through exercise and healthy eating.

We as a community organisation have been able to realise our ambitions by being supported to progress from a shop front office to a large and vibrant community base serving the whole community. Without the funding from the Greets Green Partnership the YCA would still have many of its members living in isolation with the most vulnerable continuing to suffer. 

We have only touched on some of the changes in the area, and the YCA would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Ally Allerson and her team for serving the community, and in particular the local board residents whom have dedicated 10 years of their lives in serving this wonderful multi-ethnic community.

Truly this NDC has been a major success and many lives have been transformed. May it long continue.

6 January 2010

Press Release on current situation in the Yemen

Not in My Name
Recent events have thrust the Yemen in the media glare and as a result there is a heightened interest in the Yemen and the Yemeni communities.   We wish to remind our readers that the Yemeni Community Association (YCA) is a small community based organisation seeking to represent and meet the particular needs of the Yemeni Community in Sandwell. 

The YCA was established for charitable purposes only, for the public benefit and it does not get involved in political activities; however it has always been the YCA stance to condemn any form of violence perpetrated against any individuals including terrorist activities.

30 December 2009 Saeed Nasser wins Sandwell MBC 'Employee of the Year 2009'

Saeed Nasser wins Sandwell MBC 'Employee of the Year 2009'The YCA would like to congratulate Saeed Nasser on winning Sandwell MBC ‘Employee of the Year 2009’.  Saeed was nominated for this title by Sandwell MBC’s staff for his work ethics and commitment.

Saeed was presented  the award by Leader of the Council, Darren Cooper, at the Shining Star’s Awards Evening held at The Conference Suite in West Bromwich.  The evening was also full of entertainment which included an excellent performance by young Irish dancers.Irish Dancers

The YCA staff were not surprised that Saeed clinched this title as he is a much valued and popular member of staff, who carries out all set tasks to the highest of standards despite having a visual impairment.  Because Saeed is highly regarded within the community he was also recently elected to become the Chairman of the Cultural Project, with the aim of co-ordinating fundraising for the project.

9 December 2009

AGM Calling Notice

The Management Committee has set the Saturday 9th January 2010 for the Yemeni Community Association’s Annual General Meeting (AGM).

The Calling notice and Nomination forms will be sent to all members by the end of this week and this will give members more than the 21 days as per the constitution.

We are looking for New Board Members, in particular females to give the organisation a good representation on the board.

For the AGM the Management Committee would like its members to write in and nominate a person from their community who s/he has made a different to people’s lives over the last financial year (March 2008 to April 2009).

The 2 nominees with the most votes will be given Community Champion Awards.
The other 2 nominees will be chosen by the Management Committee Board and by the Chief Executive Officer.  

17 November 2009

CEO meets His Excellency Mr Amr Moussa

Amr MoussaOn the 26th October two members of the Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell were invited to the residence of His Excellency the Egyptian Ambassador Hatem Seif El Nasr. The meeting was also attended by His Excellency Mr Amr Moussa, Secretary General of the Arab League. The aim of meeting was to discuss matters concerning the British Arab Communities.

The meeting was very well attended by different Arab communities which started to address issues of concern. The communities came under the Umbrella of the British Arabs Association which is headed by Atallah Said (Chairman).

The Yemeni Community would like to thank Atallah Said for the invite and congratulate him on his excellent work in forming the British Arabs Association.

Amr Moussa Amr Moussa
His Excellency Mr Amr Moussa, Secretary General of the Arab League with Ragih Saleh Muflihi CEO (Left) & Abdulhamid Muflihi Secretary of the Yemeni Community (Right)



17 November 2009

Integrated Designs & Associates

Integrated Designs & Associates‘We have employed Integrated Designs & Associates as our professional consultants, who have prepared this feasibility study. The feasibility study analyses the existing facilities of the Yemeni Community Association and outlines the need to expand the facilities. Initial Proposals and a design and access statement have been developed as the framework for a detailed planning application, and are included in outline in this feasibility study. The feasibility study will be used for publicity, consultation, and marketing the proposed new facilities. A planning application has been submitted by Integrated Designs to Sandwell MBC planning authority on our behalf.’

28 October 2009

YCA Activities/Services Update

NEW - YCA Women Only Slimming Club:
If you are female & interested in loosing weight as well as gaining tips on healthy eating then why not drop in at the YCA slimming Club on Wednesdays at 10am.  Each session includes weight measurements, health program as well as a half hour gym/exercise session.

For further information contact either Afrah Muflihi or Shanaz Begum at the YCA.

ESOL classes – Delivered by Sandwell College:
The YCA are hosting 2  English for Speakers of Other Languages classes at their centre.  These fall on the following days

Mondays – (Pre-entry & Entry 1) – 10am – 12 noon

Thursdays (Entry 2-3) – 12.45pm – 2.45pm

For further information contact either Afrah Muflihi / Shanaz Begum or Richard Chance.


NEW - Women’s Health & Wellbeing Program at Holly Lodge High School
:
The Smethwick Women’s Access Point (WAP) has been established at Holly Lodge High School – Community Hall.  The program is being run in partnership with North Smethwick Extended School Services, Galton Valley Children’s Centre and the Yemeni Community Association in sandwell supported by funding from Barrow Cadbury Trust.

The aim of the WAP is to engage women in health and well being activities as well as reduce isolation that may exist amongst some women, with the overall aim of empowering women.

Programme:

10am – Fitness (Aerobics, Circuits, Yoga etc0

11am – Health Programme/Social activity.

For further information Contact Afrah Muflihi or Shanaz Begum  at the YCA


NEW - Drop in Stop Smoking Clinic
A weekly drop in clinic has been established at the Greets Green Access Centre (YCA) to enable individuals to access Stop Smoking Service:

Stop Smoking Drop in Clinic – Fridays – 1pm – 3pm

Alternatively the YCA can offer Stop Smoking office support via appointment only through out the week

For further information Contact Afrah Muflihi or Shanz Begum at the YCA


Male Only Circuit Training:
Circuit Training for Men is back by popular demand on Wednesdays at the Greets Green Access Centre from 7pm to 8pm. 

For further information contact Afrah Muflihi or Ahmed Alkash at the YCA


Lads & Dads Islam Family Learning Program:

Interested in learning more about Islamic teachings as well as strengthening intergenerational bonds?  If so why not drop in at the Greets Green Access Centre to join our Lads & Dads Islam Family Learning program each Sunday between 6pm – 7.30pm.

For further information contact Ragih Muflihi or Saeed Nasser at the YCA

26 October 2009 Unemployed? Looking for Work? We can help

Job Coach Workshop

November 2009 – dates to be decided – 2 days

This workshop is for those who are unemployed and genuinely looking for work.
Clients will be invited to attend a one to one initial consultation with a Job Coach/Mentor to discuss their individual requirements from which an action plan will be drawn up. This workshop will offer the opportunity to gain a wide range of job search skills such as C.V. writing, application letter writing, interview techniques, motivation, confidence building and personal development.

All clients on the programme will be offered an experienced Job Coach/Mentor who will work on an individual basis for up to an hour per week with their client and will help address any barriers to becoming employed. In addition they will continue to support their client for a further period of time, after a positive outcome, if the client requires it.

Once these skills have been developed, the client will be referred to external agencies that we are working in partnership with (such as ’Job Link’) for help in gaining employment.

If interested or want to know more please contact either Richard Chance or Shanaz Begum at the Yemeni Community Association on 0121 525 3909

15 October 2009 ESOL Classes at YCA

English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) for beginners and ESOL for Citizenship

Two classes are available, the first, for beginners, which is held on Monday mornings from 10.00 am to 12.15 pm and the second, for those at an intermediate level, on Thursday afternoons from 12.45 pm to 2.45 pm.

The first course is for those wishing to improve their English generally. It is aimed at a beginner level and will help you improve your writing, listening and speaking skills.
This course commences in September 2009 (although it can be joined anytime after then) and content will depend on the learner’s level of knowledge.
Learners will work towards obtaining a National Certificate.

The second course is for those wishing to improve their English, leading to Citizenship. It is aimed at an intermediate level and will help you improve your writing, listening and speaking skills.
This course commences in October 2009 (although it can be joined anytime after then).
Learners will work towards obtaining a Citizenship Certificate.

If interested or want to know more please contact either Richard Chance or Shanaz Begum at the Yemeni Community Association on 0121 535 3909

8 October 2009

Summer Holiday Programme Success

The Summer Holiday Programme was a major success with 4 weeks full of fun, enjoyable and challenging activities for the young people. It started on Monday 27th July 09 and finished on Wednesday 17th August 09. The timetable was planned and organised by Yemeni Youth Forum and youth workers. There were a wide variety of trips and activities on offer such as Archery, Rock Climbing, Raft Building, Kayaking, Art Session, Dancing, Ice-Skating, Bowling, Laser Quest, Go Karting and a weekend residential at Blackwell Courts.

We had 25 young people aged 9 – 19 years registered who attended the four weeks programme. We generated 50 new registrations on the very successful Fun Day where young people had the opportunity to explore fire engines provided by the West Midlands Fire Service as well as have fun on the inflatables. 

The summer programme evaluation forms found that the vast majority of young people responding enjoyed the activities very much, stating the development of new skills as the most rewarding outcome.

We would like to take this opportunity to thanks BBC Children in Need and The Big Lottery Fund for their valuable contributions, which enabled us to provide a successful 2009 Summer scheme.

LOGO

Yemeni Youth Forum Logo The youth workers at the YCA held a logo competition to design the official Yemeni Youth Forum logo.

This is the winning logo has been created by a young person after she joined the Logo Competition at the YCA.

The logo will be used on the new upcoming Yemeni Youth Website, uniforms and all literature. The logo has been selected based upon the artistic quality of the design and the ways in which it represents the Yemeni Youth Forum.

29 September 2009

FREE Swimming Sessions

Father & Child Family Swim sessions

Commencing 17th October 2009
Every Saturday
2:00pm - 2:45pm
At Tipton Swimming Baths, Queens Road, Tipton, DY4 8ND.

(Small Pool)
Swimming Instructor to informally support group Floats, rings & armbands available.
All this FREE of charge (Sandwell Leisure Trust Adult/Child ratio policy applies)

Simple registration form to be completed per Adult

(For further information contact Afrah Muflihi or Shanaz Begum on 0121 525 3909)

To download poster please click here


Male Only swimming sessions

Commencing 17th October 2009
Every Saturday
2:00pm - 2:45pm
At Tipton Swimming Baths Queens Road
Tipton DY4 8ND

(Large Pool)
Transport available from the Greets Green Access Centre - Leaving at 1.30pm
(limited spaces and first come first serve policy applies)

All this FREE of charge. Simple registration form to be completed per Adult

(For further information contact Afrah Muflihi or Shanaz Begum on 0121 525 3909)

To download poster please click here

28 September 2009

The Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell wins Government funding bid to help kickstart The Learning Revolution in Sandwell

Learning RevolutionThe Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell Ltd is celebrating securing £9,920 from the Government as part of a ‘learning for pleasure’ innovation spearheaded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

The Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell - one of over 213 winning projects, will be running a scheme to provide Fathers family learning program that will enable fathers to be involved in Story telling opportunities and swimming lessons with their young children.

25 September 2009

YCA Temporary Vacancy

Due to securing short term funding a temporary (6 month fixed term contract)  
vacancy has arisen at the YCA for a Part Time Learning Support Worker

(Download - Person Specification, Job Description and Application Form)

Closing Date for return of application to the Greets Green Access Centre:

5:00pm Friday 9th October 2009

For further information contact Ragih Muflihi on 0121 525 3909

25 September 2009

Real West Brom Achieves Charter Award

Real West Brom
Pictured – Rayhan Miah, Abdar Obeed and Abdul Kahar (Manager) with George Salter Extended Schools Manager Rus Smith

Real West Brom football club are celebrating winning charter standard adult club for the Birmingham County FA area and regional winners award in the same category from the others nominees from Staffordshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire counties area’s.

The Club, who promote football for all and play in Birmingham’s Shapla League, have developed over the past four years with a wide range of players from various back grounds and cultures. The club work in partnership with Sandwell Yemeni Association and George Salter Collegiate Academy which is the club’s base. The club recruit post 16 players to play for the team and work within the local community with members of all community groups in West Bromwich Central.

1st Team Manager Abdul Kahar Commented “Over the past few years we have developed our adult teams and developed a football for all culture. We have also developed two referees and twelve coaches who volunteer at Junior Club Greets Green Albion and within the West Bromwich Central Co-op Primary School Football League. With help from George Salters and Sandwell Yemeni association we have a base to develop further as a community club in the Greets Green area of West Bromwich”.

Youth teams are on the agenda to develop for the club now to have a youth development programme in place to feed the first team in the future. For more on the club visit –

www.webteams.co.uk/Results.aspx?team=realwestbrom

or call Abdul Kahar on 07940433688

1 September 2009 Yemeni Young People Academically Achieving

Jumping StarThe majority of the Yemeni community in Sandwell now consists of young people who are British Born and as recently as 2005 the YCA commissioned a report, ‘Assessing the learning needs of young people’ which highlighted a significant concern that Yemeni young people were underachieving in schools. The report went onto further to state that with the right level of support “Yemenis can exceed all expectations”(p15).

Following on from this report the YCA established its education program working with young people, parents and educational agencies to meet and improve the educational needs of the community.

We are pleased to announce that with parental, school and the YCA support (as well as positive peer pressure) it would appear that the tide is turning with a significant proportion of Yemeni young people achieving extremely well in both GCSE and A level results (2009) with aspirations to move onto further and higher education.

The YCA (on behalf of the Yemeni community as a whole) would like to congratulate all those Young people and thank them for setting the standards of achievement for generations to come.

Well Done ‘we’ are very proud of you.

26 August 2009

YCA Cultural Project

YCA Cultural ProjectIn March 2009 Integrated Designs & Associates were appointed to carry out a study to determine the viability of improving and expanding the accommodation and facilities on the existing site occupied by the Yemeni Community Association.

The Yemeni Community Association moved into their current premises located at Tildasley Street in 2005. Their former premises had a shop front in part of 380 High Street shared with others, and although not purpose built the move provided more than enough space to accommodate all the activities of the growing association.

The facilities currently used include a gym, youth club, advice centre, crèche, information technology training, a multi-purpose hall, and smaller rooms for the Arabic School, and other courses such as sewing, ESOL, hygiene and health instruction. Revenue income to support the work of the Community Association comes from conference facilities and rooms hired out to the Primary care Trust, and the Local Authority Education service.

The Centre is planning for the next 25 years and requires expanded facilities of a design and quality that will meet the growing demand for the heavily used centre. Having in their short history already outgrown previous accommodation, their plans are to overcome the limitations of the existing building.

To visit our YCA Cultural Website please click here

20 August 2009

Congratulations to Abdulrobh on Becoming a British Citizen

AbdulrobhCongratulations to Abdulrobh Mohamed Yahya on becoming a British Citizen. Abdulrobh has lived in Britain since 1956. He travelled to England by airplane from Aden, Yemen.

He arrived and lived his early days in Sheffield and made Sandwell his main place of work and home. Abdulrobh said that working conditions were hard as he had to work long hours. He remembers working 6 days a week and receiving £6. During his time working he spent over 25 years working in Clancy & Burton factories.

Abdulrobh is now retired, but still lives in Sandwell in the Greets Green area of West Bromwich. All his family are in the Yemen and he travels every few years to see them.

He sees himself as British Yemen and England as his home. His only fear is falling ill, but he couldn’t wish for a better place in the world to live.

14 August 2009 Justice Seen Justice Done

Justice Seen Justice DoneThe Community Crime Fighter programme is a Home Office initiative which will help create stronger links between crime fighting agencies and the communities they serve. This is done by offering training and skills to community activists, in order that people may become an even more effective advocate for their communities.

Groups of trained, responsible community volunteers will be ideally placed to become ‘Community Crime Fighters’.

The training and support for the new community crime fighters includes:

Advice about what the Policing Pledge means for the community and information on how to help decide policing priorities locally;

Information about what Local Authorities should be doing to tackle anti-social behaviour –graffiti, intimidation, noisy neighbours, rubbish being dumped – and what to do if they aren’t taking proper action;

Bullet Point Details of youth activities in local areas as well as support for parents in their area;

Bullet Point Information about the support that victims of crime and anti-social behaviour are entitled to and how to set up support groups; and,

Bullet Point Advice on how to get information from local courts such as what happened to offenders who were committing crime and how to decide which areas offenders on community payback should be clearing up.Justice Seen Justice Done

Two members of the Yemeni Community took part to provide and build and strengthen links between the Yemeni community and the local agencies.

Ragih Muflihi and Saeed Nasser are the representatives who undergone the training.

If you wish to find out more, please get in touch with the YCA on 0121 525 3909.
3 July 2009

Yemeni Women take part in ‘Race for Life’

Race For LifeKallm Ahmed Yafai, Arwa Saleh Al-Muflahi, Maryam Mohammed Yafai and Afrah Saleh Muflihi took part in ‘Race for Life’ at Sandwell Valley on Sunday 28th June 2009.  The event is an annual 5Killometer race with the aim of raising money for Cancer Research UK.  As this was the first time that they took part in this event the women decided it best to walk the 5K, however Race For Lifethey found it quite easy and have promised that inshallah next year they will jog the distance.

The women commented that they “thoroughly enjoyed” the event and felt “really proud to have took part”, they also stated that their “aim for next year (inshallah) is to get Yemeni women participate in the event” 
Watch this space!!

2 July 2009

Bike Riding Sessions

Bike Riding SessionsThe YCA in conjunction with Sandwell PCT, Community Health Network and the Greets Green Children Centre have organised a 12 week women only bike riding sessions.  The sessions involve learning to ride a bike from scratch or brushing up on old bike riding skills.  10 women are participating in the project with 3 women who had never used a bike before now fully comfortable and competent on their bikes.

The first few weeks of the session took place in an enclosed private setting until the women felt comfortable and confident to ride their bikes at Sandwell Valley Park. 

Greets Green Children Centre have supported this project by providing free crèche for pre-school children to enable their mothers to participate in the project which the women have commented has been invaluable in allowing them to benefit from this project.Bike Riding Sessions

The women have commented that cycling has been “really enjoyable” and that they “look forward to the sessions each week” .  They have also stated that they feel the benefit of cycling both “physically and mentally”.

The 12 week session can be organised again if there is enough interest and Male only and female only sessions can be organised.  To register interest or gain further information contact the Health Development Team at the YCA.

15 June 2009

Real West Brom Football Academy are The Real Deal

Real West BromThe Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell, sponsors of Real West Brom Football Academy, congratulates Real West Brom Football Academy for their outstanding achievements in the just ended 2008/09 Birmingham Shapla League.

Real West Brom Seniors, who finished mid-table last season, blazed a winning trail to shock the whole Birmingham Shapla League on their way to being crowned the SFL 2008/09 Champions. The whole team working with determination, purpose and strength of character managed to turn the season on its head by emerging the champions.

While Real West Brom Youth team in a thrilling last day season encounter, thrashed the season’s league leaders Sporting Sandwell 2-0 to clinch promotion in only their first year in the Birmingham Shapla League. Real West Brom Youth had spent the greater part of the season dicing with relegation. Real West Brom Youth are now a force to reckon with as they showed admirable capacity to adapt and compete at the highest competitive level.

The achievements do not end there. Real West Brom Academy also won a number of football tournaments including the prestigious Sandwell Council Tournament and the Sandwell United Tournament.
The season also witnessed Real West Brom Academy gain more club accolades such as the highly-prized Sandwell Hidden Talent Award and The Sandwell STAR's Sporting Team Award. The STAR’s award banquet was hosted by acclaimed TV comedian Gina Yashire. Real West Brom Academy edged out a tough field of short listed teams and clubs to snatch the award. Real West Brom

Real West Brom Football Academy also have become a beacon for other local football teams by being short listed for the Birmingham County Fair Play Awards and Shapla League for their conduct on and off the pitch. They have also been nominated to the Birmingham FA County for Charter Standard Club of the year. Local supporters are all hoping that Real West Brom Football Academy will emerge worthy winners.

Overall, it has been a very successful season for Real West Brom Football Academy, a team with players from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities united in football excellence. The YCA wishes them all the very best for next season and are delighted to continue sponsoring them.

8 June 2009

British Yemeni 6-a-side Football Tournament

‘200 Players, 24 Teams, 1 trophy and one Winner ’

Real West BromThe Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell (YCA) would like to congratulate the YCA Sandwell football team for retaining and wining the Yemeni Football tournament for the 3rd consecutive time.
The tournament was organised and held by the YCA in Birmingham, which attracted well over 300 Yemeni’s and supporters.

The tournament, now a highlight of the Yemeni community calendar, achieved its twin objectives of using football to bring together football lovers in the region to network and compete on the field of play.

The Sandwell team played some breath-taking football in the opening group matches and swept all before them to book a place in knockout stages.

In the Quarter finals they faced a defensive Halesowen team; the Sandwell team attacked the opposition from the first whistle but failed to break the deadlock. The clash had to be decided on penalties. YCA team won 3-0 thanks to outstanding goal-keeping by Salmeen Audali in goal.

The Semi Final was played against Arab United (a local Birmingham team). Sandwell once again played some exquisite football going all out for a win. Arab United spent the greater part of the match pinned back in their own half fending off sporadic Sandwell raids. Sandwell’s Abdar Rahman showed sublime skill to notch a deadly strike that settled the contest. Sandwell deservingly emerged 1-0 winners to and reach the finals.

The Final saw Yarmook, another Birmingham side take on Sandwell who were playing their hearts out as men on a mission to retain their crown and lift the cup for an unprecedented third time.
The game was played in an amicable and professional manner. Yarmook played well and tactically against the holders of the cup.
Until 2 minutes from full time, Superstar Hillal Alkash once again rose to the occasion hitting a screamer of a shot. Netting another crucial last goal to break the hearts of all the Yarmook players and supporters to decisively win the game.

The YCA Sandwell team were once again deserved winners and for the 3rd consecutive time crowned the Yemeni football Champions 2009.

Sandwell team Manager Adel Alkash said,

“The YCA Sandwell team are once again deserved winners and for the 3rd time crowned the British Yemeni football Champions. I would like to congratulate my team mates for their outstanding performance and high spirits in competing towards winning the tournament’s cup. We intend to go from strength to strength in 2010 and we will not loosen our grip of the prestigious Yemeni 6-a-side Football Tournament trophy.
I would like to thank Safwan for hosting the tournament. I also would like to thank all teams and supporters for competing, creating such a friendly and enjoyable atmosphere. Finally I would like to thank the all the staff at the Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell for their continuous help and support. ”

5 June 2009 CHARITY TREK TO MOUNT SNOWDON

YCA staff Shahada, Shanaz, Abdul, Jo and Ahmed have joined Ummah United to help raise £12,000 for Gaza. They will be participating in a charity trek up Mount Snowdon on 27th June 2009, in a bid to raise as much money as possible to help the helpless in Gaza. All sponsor money will go to Islamic Help. Please support us, and most of all support this cause and donate GENEROUSLY, as your donation will go a long long way!!!

You can either sponsor direct online by using the below links or you can come into YCA and ask for either Shahada/Shanaz/Ahmed or Abdul.

www.justgiving.com/shahada_ummahunited

www.justgiving.com/shanaz_ummahunited

www.justgiving.com/ahmedalkash_ummahunited

www.justgiving.com/abdar-alkash_ummahunited

www.justgiving.com/jo_hoque_ummahunited

Jazakallah Khair
Shahada, Shanaz, Abdul, Jo & Ahmed.

3 June 2009 Homework Clubs


Homework ClubHomework Club 2

3 June 2009

Health Activities Update

Activity
Date(s)
Information
Time
Cycling for Women

Friday 5th June - 17th July

Friday 11th Sept - 16th Oct

- Learn to ride a bicyle with a qualified instructor
- 12 weeks course
- Creche provided
- Limited places available
- £20 per participant

For more information contact Shanaz or Afrah on 0121 525 3909

Download Poster by clicking here

10:00 -12:00pm
Lads & Dads
Circuit Training
Every Sundays For more information contact Ahmed/Shanaz or Afrah on 0121 535 3909

Download Poster by clicking here
7:30 - 8:30pm

Smethwick - Women's well being sessions

-

- Fitness
- Social activities
- And More

For more information contact Shanaz or Afrah on 0121 525 3909

Download Poster by clicking here

-

Want to stop smoking?
Stop Smoking With Us

-

For Confidential Advise and Possibly *FREE Nicotine Replacement Therapy.

Contact Afrah Muflihi On 0121 525 3909 or 07984052153

*Prescription Charges Criteria applies

Download Poster by clicking here

-

 

3 June 2009 YCA Becomes Skills for Life Approved Centre

1Yemeni Community Association Centre Manager Ragih Muflihi received a Skills for Life Award presented by Councillor Ann Shackleton & John Sutton.

The Awards was for the excellent work and development progress this organisation has done in becoming an Approved Skills for Life Centre.
This was only possible with the help of Wendy Beddall and her team.
 

Congratulation to Sandwell Council for achieving the Local Government ‘GO’ Award and to all the other members of the Reach & Discover whom have also become Skills for Life Centres approved.

1
1

Local Government ‘GO’ Award - Councillor Ann Shackleton & Roger Crouch

2 June 2009 New Support Officer at the YCA

YCA Welcomes Shahada as the new Support Officer. She comes from a Bangladeshi background. Shahada previously worked for Smethwick Bangladeshi Youth Forum as a learndirect Advisor for over 2 years. She has many years of experience, working within the community & voluntary sector through her employment and voluntary. Shahada looks forward to meeting and working with the Yemeni and other communities, so please come along and introduce yourselves.

30 March 2009

Support Officer Post at the YCA

JOB TITLE: Support Officer (SO)
SALARY: £13,000 - £15,000 dependant on experience
HOURS: 37.5 Monday - Friday (Flexible)
DURATION: Fixed term contract until 31st March 2011
CLOSING DATE: 17/04/2009

JOB DESCRIPTION:
The role of the support officer will primarily be the backbone for the administration and IT support within the YCA. This will include the review of current systems, policies, procedures and development of new ones. The SO will provide day to day support for project workers. The SO will also work closely with the Centre Manager and the other staff in meeting key project targets as well as managing the conference centre facility.

PERSON SPECIFICATION/SKILLS/ABILITIES:

ESSENTIALS:

  • Support and work with the Centre Manager, MCM and colleagues to provide continuous and comprehensive administrative support including co-ordinating annual leave, reporting of sickness absence, maintenance of personal records and taking minutes at meetings.
  • Maintain an overview of the work and programmes/projects to assist and action where appropriate general enquires/correspondence.
  • Maintain and update policies/procedures, filing including computerised database systems and records.
  • Ensure the day to day operation of the conference centre facility
  • Planning and lead support for conference, special events, projects and meetings
  • Support colleagues with IT needs and maintenance of all IT systems and equipment.

DESIRABLE:

  • Understanding of the needs of the Yemeni Community in Sandwell

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

  • This is a three-year fixed term contract subject to future funding.
  • CLOSING DATE FOR COMPLETED APPLICATION FORMS IS THE 17th APRIL 2009

VACANCY SUBMISSION:
For further details and request an application pack please contact Amarjit or Karen at Smethwick Joblink on 0121 558 4142 or alternatively you can download the application form by clicking hereand the further details by clicking here.

Completed applications to be returned to Joblink by 17th April 2009 (Smethwick Joblink, Smethwick Enterprise Centre, Unit 901D, Rolfe Street, Smethwick, West Midlands. B66 2AR).

16 March 2009

Blood Transfusion Services at the YCA

The Blood Transfusion Services will be holding an Awareness & Recruitment Session On Wednesday 18th March 2009 at 11:00am at the Greets Green Access Centre, Tildasely Street, West Bromwich, B70 9SJ.
[click here for map]

To download the Poster please click here

5 March 2009 YCA Newsletter - March 2009

The YCA newsletter will be produced on a monthly basis. Read the latest issue for March 2009 by clicking here
4 March 2009 International Women's Day

International Women's Day on Monday 9th March 2009 from 10:30am - 2:30pm at the pUBLIC, New Street, West Bromwich, B70 7PG.

Workshops & Demonstrations including :

- Belly Dance & Irish Dance
- Pampering & Health Information
- Beauty & Make up
- Colour Me Beautiful
- Dance Mats

Everything Free! Lunch & refreshments available.

Download the Poster by clicking here

27 February 2009

Ragih Muflihi YCA Centre Manager goes boldly where no other YCA centre manager has gone before

Ragih shaves his headMr Ragih Muflihi, promised the youth that if they raise more than £1,500 for the Gaza Appeal he would shave his head.  After the youth collected £2,400, he kept his promise and agreed to have his head shaved.  

On Thursday 18 February, The youth did not need a second invitation to gather to perform the Shaving of Ragih’s head, see photo for the final result.

The total amount that YCA raised towards the humanitarian aid for the Gaza Appeal totalled more than £13,000. 

Thank you and congratulations to everyone who donating generously.

18 February 2009

The Yemeni Community Association Board Reshuffle

The Yemeni Community Association would like to inform all its members that there have been a reshuffle of Board members.

Firstly we would like to thank Nasr Muflahi for his excellent contribution in the Development of the organisation over the last 3 years. Nasr requested that other Board members are given the opportunity to gain experience in chairing the YCA. He will continue to be on the Board and support future development.

He is a list of Board Members and their roles:

Ahmed Salem Chairman
Saleh Saeed   Vice Chairman
Salah Munasser Treasurer
Abdulhamid Muflihi Secretary
Ahmed Saleh  Co-opted Member - Elderly
Adel Saeed Co-opted Member
Nabeel Yafai Youth
Nasr Muflahi  Education
Arwa Al- Muflahi Women
Ali Saeed PR

The YCA wishes Ahmed Salem the very best in his new role as chairman.

13 February 2009

Gaza Donations

Due to the recent genocide in Gaza by the Zionists in Israel, the Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell (YCA) with the remarkable support of the community has raised a substantial amount of £13,640 towards the Gaza fund.

Since the start of the massacre the YCA has not only contributed its time and resources in aid of the good cause but also all the manpower it could grasp i.e. members of the community, youth, local community centres, schools and professionals. 

The YCA have expressed its support via the following avenues: -

3rd January 2009 – We booked two 66 seater coaches to the ‘Stop the War National Demonstration’ at the Embankment in London where we joined a rally of 50 thousand demonstrators.

10th January 2009 – As a result of the success of the above demonstration, YCA took two more coaches of 104 people to the ‘Stop the War National Demonstration’ at Hyde Park in London where we united with a compassionate crowd of 100 thousand protestors.

15th January 2009 to 20th January 2009 – the YCA recruited a group of volunteers to do some fund raising by means of the door to door method which helped raise a generous sum of £10,100, the monies from this venture were forwarded to Islamic Relief.

16th January 2009 – The YCA organised a gathering outside the Oldbury Council House, which was attended by over 400 supporters.  During the assembly the YCA raised £200 which was given to the Islamic Relief Appeal.

26th January 2009 to 30th January 2009 – A group of parents and children were sponsored for a Walkathon organised by the YCA Youth Club where they raised a total of £1,700 which was donated to the ‘A Night for Gaza’ event held on the 4th February 2009 to be passed-on to Interpal.

31st January 2009 – The ‘Walkathon’ organised by the YCA Youth Club raised a sum of £700 which was contributed to the Islamic Relief.

5th February 2009 – Samina from the Lunchbox (High Street, West Bromwich) collected £300 in her shop by selling food to customers.  Sister Samina provides Halal food and can be contacted on 0121 553 0079.

The YCA get daily donations from the members of the public which currently stands at £640, of which £340 of this fund was utilised to sponsor an orphan in Gaza and the rest was donated to the ‘A Night for Gaza’ event. 

Other causes supported by the YCA and its members: -

  • Yemen Flood Appeal – amount raised £1,125.

All YCA’s efforts have been honoured by the Islamic Relief through an Appreciation Award.

‘Please support the initiative whole-heartedly as our interest
does not lie within the politics but the HUMANITY’

19 January 2009

Sandwell Free Gaza – Demonstration

Sandwell Free Gaza Demo 1On Friday the 16th January 2009 a Demonstration & Candle-lit vigil was organised outside the Sandwell council house between 5pm – 6.30pm in support of the people in Gaza.

The event was well attended by all sections of the community with approximately 400 people demonstrating their concern about the atrocities occurring over the past few weeks in GAZA.Sandwell Free Gaza Demo 2

The following councillors are also thanked for attending to show their solidarity with the residents of Sandwell:

Councillors Badham, Cooper, Davies, Hussain, Khatun, Piper, Rauf and Rowley.

Sandwell Free Gaza Demo 3There were also numerous speakers from various unions & socialist parties, Chris Khamis from the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign and Community members who were in particularly calling for a Sandwell Boycott Israel Campaign.

The event was very peaceful and we wish to thank every one for attending and particular thank you to Sandwell Metro-borough Council and West Midlands Police Service for facilitating this event.

16 January 2009

YCA Annual General Meeting on Saturday 24th January 2009

Dear YCA members

I would like to inform all members that the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell Limited will take place on Saturday the 24th January 2009 at 11:00am at the YCA, Greets Green Access Centre, Tildasley Street, West Bromwich, B70 9SJ.

This is an opportunity for members to hear about the work and development of the YCA over the past year.

The Annual General Meeting is an important meeting for the YCA and I urge all members to attend. To download the agenda please click here.

I look forward to seeing you all on the day.

Yours sincerely

Nasr Muflahi
Chair of the YCA

14 January 2009

Sandwell FREE GAZA Demonstration

Sandwell FREE GAZA DemonstrationThere will be a peaceful demonstration outside Sandwell Council House in Oldbury On Friday 16th January 2009 from 5:00pm till 6:30pm

Please bring candles in memory of all those women and children killed in the last few weeks by the Israeli Army (IDF)

‘MAKE SANDWELL PROUD’

In respect for the people who have lost their lives, this demonstration MUST be peaceful

To download the flyer please click here

6 January 2009 Fundraising Day for Gaza

Families Relief in association with Yemen Voice Magazine are organising a fundraising day for gaza on Sunday 11th January between 1:00pm and 5:00pm at the Muath Trust (Amanah), The Bordesley Centre, Stratford Road, Camp Hill, Birmingham, B11 1AR. Please show your support.

For more information please contact: 07881806283 or 07590076641


Gaza Appeal
30 December 2008

Conference Facilities Section Updated

We have made many great changes to our conference facilities section.  The site has been divided into new sections to make it user friendly for our service users. 

The two new features that you will find useful is the Room Availability Enquiry Form. Simply fill out your details, date and time required online and we will respond to you within 1-2 working days.  

The other new feature is our online booking form.  This is only used for people who have already booked with us and want to fill in our booking form online or you still could download our booking form and print it off and send it via post or fax.  To access our main conference website please click here.

We hope you like our changes and if you have any queries please contact Adel on 0121 525 3909 or email adel@yca-sandwell.org.uk

24 December 2008

YCA Annual General Meeting Cancelled

The YCA AGM which was to be held on the 27th December 2008 is cancelled.  This is due to the accountant unable to attend the above date.

The YCA will reschedule the AGM for early in 2009. All members will be notified by post of the new date as soon as possible.

If you have any questions on the above please do not hesitate to contact Yhaia Haffidh on 0121 525 3909.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

19 December 2008

YCA Closing Dates
Please note the The Yemeni Community Association will be closed on the 25th and 26th of December and also New Years Day (1st January 2009).

All youth activities will be cancelled from the 22nd December 2008 and will recommence on the 5th January 2009.

10 December 2008 Eid Event

Eid EventThe YCA would like to thank everyone who helped to make the Eid Event on Sunday 30th November 2008 a huge success.  Over 500 women and children came through the doors and with over 20 different stalls, there was something for everyone!  Stalls included homemade cakes, clothes, hijabs, food, toys, beauty and health and fire services.  The bouncy castle also proved to be a great attraction.

We would like to thank Sandwell PCT, Ideal 4 All and CHN for helping the YCA to make the Eid Event successful.  Eid EventWe raised over £700 for charity which will be donated to Islamic Relief and Mercy Relief.  Considering the great success of the Eid Event, the YCA aims to hold similar events in the future as we have found this was a great way of engaging the BME community and other hard to reach groups and raising awareness of different issues.

Once again thank you and well done to all those involved in the Eid Event.
8 December 2008 Eid Mubarak
The Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell would like to say Eid Mubarak and wishes everyone to have a happy Eid.
24 November 2008 Eid Event - Sunday 30th November 2008

Come & Celebrate the Eid Event at West Bromwich Town Hall (West Bromwich High Street. B70 8DT) on Sunday 30th November 2008 From 1:00pm – 6:00pm.

An event for women and children (Boys under 12) to enjoy and indulge in. There will be a variety of stall selling:

- Face painting
- Henna
- Threading
- French Manicures/Nail Art
- Food
- Islamic Clothing – Jilbab Abayah,
- Sarees, Salwaar kameez & Children clothing
- Hijabs & Jewellery
- Raffle & Games
- Sweets & snacks
- Children stall & many more

FREE ENTRANCE!!!

For more information or to a book a stall please call Shanaz or Saira on 0121 525 3909

People from all communities are welcome!!!


To download the poster for the event please click here

21 November 2008

Islam Awareness Day
Islam Awareness DayOn Monday 17th November 2008, the Yemeni Community Association played a major role in the planning, organising and delivering of an Islam Awareness Day, the first of its kind to be held in Sandwell.

As Muslims we should organise more of these events to make people aware of the true values and tolerance of Islam as illustrated by The Prophet Muhammad's (PBUH) when he said in his Last Sermon:
“All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over black nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety and good action”.

Sadly the words Islam and Muslim have become synonym to extremist, violent, fanatical and intolerant as well as being portrayed violators of human rights and anti-women.  These negative images and stereotypes have led to prejudices, hostilities and negative feelings towards Islam and Muslims.

Indeed in 1997, the commission on British Muslims and Islam-phobia (set up by the Runnymede Trust) Islam Awareness Dayconfirmed the existence of widespread prejudice and discrimination against Muslims in Britain.  Their report ‘Islam-phobia – a challenge for us all’ launched by the then Home Secretary at the House of Commons made 60 recommendations one of which was the desperate need for awareness and understanding for the true teaching of Islam.

To respond to this challenge the Islamic Society of Britain initiated Islam Awareness week which takes place on the 3rd week of November each year.

This year Bob Lloyd from GGP suggested that Sandwell takes part in this annually .Therefore the YCA in partnership with GGP, Sandwell PCT CHN, SMBC, Reflection Network and George Salter Collegiate Academy have taken the lead in ensuring that Sandwell participates in this week by making a humble effort in organising this day with the aim of raising awareness of Islam amongst non-Muslims.

In the words of Professor Khalili (custodian of the worlds largest private collection of Islamic art):
“Ignorance is the real weapon of mass destruction.  If people would make the effort to know each other there would be much less hostility in this world”

The day was attended by over 150 people. Centre Manager Ragih Muflihi said:
“We hoped for around 50 people and we received 3 times the amount which was excellent. The feedback from people attending was very positive and the majority of the attendees expressed the wish that we should have this event annually”

Islam Awareness DayThe Day has been a fantastic opportunity in initiating religious awareness and bringing communities together so that we can understand each other better, and create a better Sandwell for the benefit of everyone living in Sandwell.

The Yemeni Community would like to thank everyone for their support and contributions to making this day successful.  In particular Mr Mayor, Greets Green Partnership, Joan Gooden and John Garrett from Sandwell MBC, Ali Al-Osaimi from the PCT CHN, The PCT Health Promotion Unit for all the equipment support, Reflection Network and the BIGGEST thanks goes to Adel Saeed and Saeed Nasser for their hard work for ensuring this event was possible in such a short time.

Thank you

Ragih Muflihi
Centre Manager

18 November 2008 Youth Worker Post at the YCA

Youth Worker Post
£18,000 – £22,000 (pro rata)
25 hours per week
Fixed term contract until 31st March 2011

The ideal candidate must have 12 months experience of working with young people, particularly from BME groups and have the necessary qualifications to at least a NVQ Level 3.  The candidate must be willing to work evening and weekends.

The post holder will be responsible for the following:

  1. Arranging youth activities
  2. Give advice & support to meet their educational, social/cultural and recreational needs.
  3. Working in partnership with schools, colleges and other service providers.

For further details and an application pack please contact ‘Ragih Muflihi’ on 0121 525 3909 or email info@yca-sandwell.org.uk or alternatively you can download the application form by clicking here and the further details by clicking here.

Closing date for completed applications forms is Wednesday 3rd December 2008.

Interviews to be held on Thursday 11th December 2008

This post is funded by the Big Lottery Fund Big Lottery Fund

17 November 2008

YCA Annual General Meeting

Dear YCA members

I would like to inform all members that the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell Limited will take place on Saturday the 13th December 2008 at 12:00pm at the YCA, Greets Green Access Centre, Tildasley Street, West Bromwich, B70 9SJ.

This is an opportunity for members to hear about the work and development of the YCA over the past year and also be an opportunity for members to participate in the elections to vote for members onto the Management Committee of the YCA.

The elections will be conducted on the same day as the AGM and any member who wants to be nominated onto the Management Committee, should complete the enclosed nomination form and return it to YCA at no later than 5:00pm on Wednesday 10th December 2008. All sections of the nomination form must be completed in full and any incomplete form will not be accepted. All nomination forms must be accompanied with two passport size photographs of the nominee. To vote at the AGM please ensure that you have your YCA membership card with you.

Please note that the membership list is now closed and no new members will be accepted until after the AGM. New members will only be accepted after the first meeting of the Management Committee that will be held after the AGM.

The Annual General Meeting is an important meeting for the YCA and I urge all members to attend. To download the agenda please click here.

I look forward to seeing you all on the day.

Yours sincerely

Nasr Muflahi
Chair of the YCA

4 November 2008 FREE Islam Awareness Day - Monday 17th November 2008
The YCA would like to to invite you to an Islamic Awareness Day event on Monday 17th November 2008 at the West Bromwich Town Hall between 11:00am and 3:00pm.

This event aims to bring communities in Sandwell together to find out more about Islam and Muslims in Sandwell. The day will provide an opportunity to develop knowledge on Islam, view Islamic Exhibition, Islamic Arts and Calligraphy, dispel common myths and misconceptions and an opportunity to ask questions.

Presentations on the day will include:

- Basic Principals of Islam
- Women in Islam

Lunch and refreshments provided. All welcome to attend.

To download the poster for the event please click here
To download the programme for the event please click here

If you require further information please contact Saeed Nasser / Afrah Muflihi on 0121 525 3909 or Abdulmonim Khan on 0121 533 1379

We would look forward to seeing you on the day.

3 November 2008

Kissan Muflahi Passes Driving Test
The YCA would like to congratulate Kissan Muflahi on passing his driving test. We wish him the very best in his future.

28 October 2008

Flood Appeal
Yemen Flood
Heavy rains brought on by a tropical storm on 23 October caused flash floods in the eastern parts of Yemen, severely affecting the governorates of Hadramout and Al-Maharah; both of which were declared disaster zones on 24 October. According to the most recent assessment by the Government of Yemen, more than 180 people were killed, 40 are still missing and more than 10,000 have been displaced.

2,012 homes were destroyed, along with many bridges, roads and water distribution networks; power lines and telephone wires. Hadramout, Yemen's largest province, suffered the most damage as homes are made of mud brick.

Attempts to get medical supplies and relief aid to the affected areas has been difficult as many of the roads are completely flooded. An international aid appeal has been launched by the Government of Yemen. The needs on the ground are still great as many families who lost their homes and livelihoods have not been reached.

The YCA are collecting money for the flood victims and are appealing to everyone to contribute as much as you can and as soon as possible. Islamic Relief will ensure the money will be spent in these areas and help people affected.

Many thanks and together we can make a difference.

Nasr Muflahi
C
hairman of the YCA

16 October 2008 Breaking News
Matrix Standard
The Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell have achieved the matrix Accreditation.
(to read about the matrix standard please click here)
30 September 2008 Eid Mubarak
The Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell would like to say Eid Mubarak and wishes everyone to have a happy Eid.
15 September 2008

Nasser Al Harbi Wins Again
The Centre Manager of the YCA attended Nasser Al Harbi's fight at the Tower Ball Room on Sunday 14th September 2008, where he was very impressed to see Nasser win convincingly in a four round competition against Matt Scriven. During the first round he started nervously and was caught with one or two punches to the face. He soon got his composure and took control to win the fight. It was good to see a large number of Yemeni's attend the boxing match. Ragih Muflihi, the Centre manager of the YCA said "It reminded me of the days of Prince Naseem when I use to go and watch him".

1 September 2008

Ramadhan KareemRamadhan Kareem
The Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell would like to say Ramadhan Kareem to everyone fasting in this blessed month.

Ramadhan / September Prayer Timetable 2008
To download the Ramadhan and September Prayer Timetable 2008 please click here

Please note that there will be Isha and Taraweeh Prayers held at the YCA at the following times:

Monday 1st - Thursday 4th September at 9:30pm

Friday 5th - Thursday 11th September at 9:15pm

Friday 12th - Thursday 18th September at 9:00pm

Friday 19th - Thursday 25th September at 8:45pm

Friday 26th - Tuesday 30th September at 8:30pm

27th August 2008

Yemeni Professional Boxer 'Nasser Al Harbi' due to fight on 14/09/2008
Nasser Al Harbi is a 19 year old Yemeni Middleweight professional boxer from Birmingham.  He has fought two professional fights and has won both of them. He is due to fight in his third professional boxing match at the Tower Ballroom in Birmingham on Sunday 14th September 2008.

Please support him by purchasing a ticket from the Yemeni Community Association.

Tickets are £30 and are on sale at the YCA or alternatively contact his Manager ‘Naji’ for tickets on 0121 747 4845 or 07796293980.

The Yemeni Community Association wish him the very best for the future.


Nasser Al Harbi

28 July 2008

Important Notice
The YCA has now been established for over 10 years and has grown from a group of people sharing the mission of setting up an organisation that will help improve the lives and aspirations of the Yemeni community in Sandwell. We have seen this become a reality. The YCA is widely recognised as model community organisation in Sandwell and nationally, this is recognised by the various accolades the organisations has received.

We believe the reason for the success has been due to the hard work of all the management committee, staff and members of the YCA in working towards the stated objective:

“To promote the benefit of the inhabitants of Sandwell in particular the Yemeni community (hereinafter called the ‘the area of benefit’) by the advancement of education and training and to provide facilities in the interests of social welfare for recreation and other leisure-time occupation with the object of improving the conditions of the said inhabitants”

Also the YCA mission statement:

“To respond to the wishes and needs of the Yemeni Community and other families in the Sandwell area by providing educational development and skills-training for children and adults, through the provision of accessible community services and activities run by the YCA”

Due to recent events in the Yemen where there has been civic unrest in some parts of the country due to the political tensions. It has come to the attention of the management committee that there has been a small group of people attending the men’s Saturday Social Session to further there own political agenda and in effect use the YCA as a platform.

On Thursday 24th July 2008 the management committee met to discuss the situation in the Men’s Saturday social session and after careful deliberation it was decided that all political activity on YCA premises is to be banned.

The Management Committee would like to remind all members that the YCA was established for charitable purposes only, which are for the public benefit and that political activity can only be undertaken by charity if it supports the delivery of its charitable purposes.

The management committee believes this is the best course of action which will help the YCA continue its good work and flourish as successful charitable organisation.

Regards
Management Committee.

بيــان

تأسست جمعية الجالية اليمنية (YCA) منذ أكثر من 10 سنوات ونمت من مجموعة من الأفراد اتفقت على إنشاء مؤسسة تساعد في تحسن حياة وتطلعات الجالية اليمنية في ساندول.  ولقد رأينا ذلك يتحقق بحمد الله. فالجالية يشار إليها بشكل واسع على أنها ألنموذج للمؤسسات الاجتماعية الناجحة في ساندول وعلى مستوى بريطانيا، ويبدو ذلك جلياً من خلال الأوسمة المختلفة التي حازتها الجالية.

نحن نعتقد بأن هذا النجاح لم يكن ليتحقق لولا الجهود الخيرة التي بذلتها الهيئة الإدارية والعاملون بالجالية وأعضاؤها من أجل تحقيق هدف الجالية المعلن، وهو:
"العمل من أجل منفعة سكان ساندول وخاصة الجالية اليمنية (يشار إليها هنا بـ "ساحة المنفعة") عبر تشجيع التعليم والتدريب وتوفير مرافق للرفاه الاجتماعي للترفيه وقضاء وقت الفراغ بهدف تحسين ظروف معيشة السكان المذكورين".

وكذلك فإن مهمة جمعية الجالية اليمنية تنص على ما يلي:
"الاستجابة لرغبات وحاجات الجالية اليمنية والعائلات الأخرى في منطقة ساندول من خلال تطوير التعليم والتدريب على المهارات المختلفة لصالح الأطفال والكبار عبر توفير خدمات اجتماعية يسهل الوصول إليها وعبر الأنشطة التي تديرها جمعية الجالية اليمنية"

إنه بسبب الأحدات الأخيرة في اليمن التي انطوت على اضطراب مدني في بعض أجزاء البلاد بسبب التوترات السياسية، نما إلى علم الهيئة الإدارية للجالية اليمنية أن هناك مجموعة صغيرة من الناس تحضر فقرة الرجال الاجتماعية يوم السبت لتحقيق أغراض سياسية خاصة مما يعني أنهم يستخدمون الجالية كمنصة لنشاطهم.

لذلك عقدت الهيئة الادارية اجتماعاً يوم الخميس 24 يوليو 2008 لمناقشة الوضع الخاص بفقرة الرجال يوم السبت، وبعد دراسة الوضع بعناية قررت حظر كافة الأنشطة السياسية في مقر الجالية.

وتود الهيئة الإدارية أن تذكر كل أعضائها بأن الجالية أنشطة لأغراض خيرية فقط، تكون للصالح العام وأنه يمكن للمؤسسة الخيرية أن تقوم بنشاط سياسي فقط إن كان ذلك النشاء يدعم تحقيق أغراضها الخيرية.

وترى الهيئة الإدارية أن هذا هو الإجراء الأفضل وهو ما سيساعد الجالية على الاستمرار في عملها الجيد، والازدهار كمؤسسة خيرية ناجحة.

شاكرين لكم حسن تعاونكم،،،
الهيئة الإدارية

4 July 2008 Under 12's Most Improved Player of the Year 2007/2008 at Handsworth United Football Club

Yousef Ali Nasser Al Ka bee joined Handsworth United Football Club 12 months ago. Yousef was very shy at first but with excellent coaching he improved considerably and became a very valuable member of the team. This is why the coaches voted him most improved player of the year.

HUFC became the Champions and won the Under 12 Division 4 Walsall Junior Youth League 3 months early, undefeated. The team was also the finalist in the Under 12 Walsall Junior Youth Cup Final. The only match they lost was the cup final 3-2 against a top Division 1 team. Yousef's father, Ali Nasser Al Ka bee, was also awarded Active Parent Award 2007/2008 by HUFC.

URL: http://www.myspace.com/handsworth_unitedfc

Yousef & Ali Nasser Al Ka bee











Yousef with father Ali Nasser Al Ka bee
2 July 2008

YCA Member Achieves Student of the Year Award
Mohamed Abdulrab Alsalahi
The Yemeni Community Association would like to congratulate Mohamed Abdulrab Alsalahi who has been awarded the 'Computing Student of the Year' for 2007-2008.

Mohamed who is a member of the YCA is currently studying BTEC National Diploma for IT Practitioners at the City of Wolverhampton College.

We would like to wish him all the best in his career.

18 June 2008

Real West Brom Youth Team Runners Up in CHN Champions Tournament
Real West Brom Youth Team

"Well done to the Real West Brom Youth team who came runners up in the Community Health Network Community Champions Tournament.  They competed against six teams to get to the finals against Smethwick Bangladeshi Youth Forum where they lost by only 1-0.  Inshallah next year lads!"

10 June 2008 YCA Member wins Walsall & District Table Tennis Division 4 League/Tournament

Ali Al Ka bee who is a member of the YCA won the 2008 Walsall League Division 4 Tournament as well asAli Al Ka bee the winning top individual result in Division 4 for this year.

Ali played 60 matches and won 58. 

This achieved him a 97% win percentage which was the highest in the Walsall League for 2008.

Ali who plays for Wood Green Table Tennis Club will be moving up a division(s) but it has not been decided which division as yet (3, 2, or 1).

Ali also plays in the Birmingham League, Dudley League and a special invitation only BLT League (Chinese/Korean).
6 June 2008 New Mini Gym Launched
YCA Gym 1The Yemeni Community Association has launched its very own mini gym with help from the Active Lifestyles Fund.

The gym, which opened this Spring, includes treadmills, bicycles, steppers and weights, and aims to make healthier lifestyles more accessible to its members.

It was funded through a £5,000 grant from a charitable trust who want to remain anonymous.  Extra pieces of equipment such as hand weights have also been purchased thanks to the Active Lifestyles Fund, which provided a £1,000 grant in its first year to boost activities for men and then £500 in its second year for activities for women.

YCA Health Development Officer, Afrah Muflihi, who is part of Sandwell Primary Care Trust’s community health network, says: “It’s more of a culturally sensitive gym which the community can access.YCA Gym 2

“The equipment is the same but this gym, because it helps to overcome language and cultural barriers, enables older people and women in particular to use it.  It’s sensitive to their language needs and we’ve got women only and men only slots.  It’s proving popular.”

She says none of the older members would have accessed a mainstream gym because of the language barriers.  The charges are minimal for YCA members and about 50 use it on a regular basis.

For further details, call the YCA on 0121 525 3909.
23 May 2008

Ideal for All reaching out to the Yemeni community in Sandwell

Saeed NasserI am Saeed Nasser and I have recently been appointed on a sessional basis for three months at Ideal For All as an Outreach Worker for the Yemeni Community.

My role is to promote engagement between Ideal for All and the local Yemeni community.  This engagement would hopefully result in a greater awareness of the services provided by Ideal for All as well as other agencies working in the field of disability and social care. My role is to build relationship with individuals and families who may benefit from a range of services on offer by Sandwell Council, Sandwell Health Authority and the voluntary and community sector. This will be done by encouraging the community to become members of Ideal for All. The membership is free and gives you access to information and support for people with disabilities and their families. My work with the community would focus on developing a collective voice to ensure services meet the needs of the Yemeni community. 
 
I will be organising some awareness sessions to be held in the Yemeni Community Centre during June/July.  Please make every effort to participate and find out what Ideal for All can do for you. For further information about these sessions or any other enquiry, you can contact me at the Yemeni Community Centre on 0121 525 3909 or email me at outreach@idealforall.co.uk
 
Further information is also available at www.idealforall.co.uk

16 May 2008

UK Youth Parliament

Saleh SaeedRecord numbers of young people voted in a week-long election to chose new members of the Sandwell Shadow Youth Cabinet and the United Kingdom Youth Parliament.

A total of 2,885 11 to 21-year-olds turned out to cast their vote in the elections earlier this month. The two young people voted onto the United Kingdom Youth Parliament were Usman Hussain and Saleh Saeed.

The Yemeni Community Association would like to congratulate Saleh Saeed who was elected onto the Youth Parliament.  Saleh has been an active member of the youth in the Yemeni Community.

Saleh is very poplar with the youth in the borough and he is on numerous youth boards.  We wish him all the best.

8 May 2008 Laser Warning (A Message from Taz)
TazMy name is Mohamed Islam and I am from the Bangladeshi Community. Many of the Yemeni youth know me by the name Taz. A few months ago I was stopped and arrested by Police for pointing a laser at a helicopter.Laser Pointer I didn’t think it would reach that far or what distress the pilot went through. I can only apologies for this. I feel it was a youthful prank that went wrong. I didn’t think this would get me in deep trouble and a possible criminal or prison sentence. This is why I urge ALL Youth to get rid of their lasers as they are dangerous and could get you into trouble. I made a regrettable mistake; please don’t make the same mistake too  
18 April 2008 2 Youth Development Officer Posts at the YCA

2 Youth Development Officer Posts
£18,000 – £20,000 (pro rata)
18.5 & 25 hours per week
3 year fixed term contract

The ideal candidates must have 12 months experience of working with young people, particularly from BME groups and have the necessary qualifications to at least a NVQ Level 3.  The candidates must be willing to work evening and weekends.

The post holders will be responsible for the following:

  1. Arranging youth activities
  2. Give advice & support to meet their educational, social/cultural and recreational needs.
  3. Working in partnership with schools, colleges and other service providers.

For further details and an application pack please contact ‘Asad’ or ‘Karen’ at Smethwick Joblink on 0121 558 4142.

Closing date for completed applications forms is the 15th May 2008.

Interviews to be held on the 28th May 2008

One post is funded by the Big Lottery Fund Big Lottery FundOne post is funded by the Children in Need Children in Need

7 April 2008 The Loving Cup of England Arrives at Greets Green
On Friday 14th March, the Greets Green Partnership arranged for The Loving Cup of England to be presented to members of the community in order to celebrate the cultural diversity of the area.

The history of the cup dates back to the Middle Ages when it would be filled with spiced wine and passed clockwise around the table at banquets to symbolise trust and friendship.

On Friday the cup was filled with apple juice to allow people from all walks of life to drink from it in an act of common celebration of peace and harmony within their community.
The Loving Cup of England
From Left to Right: Bruno Peek, Ragih, Saeed & Councillor Singh Sidhu
12 March 2008 YCA Annual Membership 2008-2009
The management committee of the YCA feel that the introduction of a membership fee is a positive move for the organisation and for the community and have decided to continue with this. Therefore, a membership fee of £5.00 is payable for the current year to run from 1st of April 2008 to the end of March 2009.

Ultimately the management committee are accountable to the membership and details of the scheme will be discussed at the next AGM. We appreciate that some members may not like the introduction of membership fees and request that such members need to make their voices heard by attending the next Annual General Meeting.

We hope that this move is in the best interest of members and will assist the YCA in improving the overall services it offers to the local community.

To become a member, please fill in the membership form and return it with the appropriate fee to the YCA office. To obtain the Membership Form you can either collect it from the YCA office or you can download it by clicking here.

29 February 2008

Prayer Timetable for March 2008
The YCA will be a producing a monthly prayer timetable which can be obtained from the YCA's reception or alternatively you can download it by clicking here.

[Please note that you require Adobe Acrobat Reader to view - if you do not have this software installed on your computer, please click here to get a free download]

10 February 2008

Health Update

- FREE Weekly weigh-ins and expert advice on loosing weight
Tuesdays (9:30am – 10:30am) at Lodge Road Community Centre, Lodge Road, West Bromwich

- FREE Ladies Only Swimming Sessions
1st March – 10th May 2008 (5pm – 6pm) at Haden Hill Leisure Centre, Barrs Road, Cradley Heath

- Heart Start
Learn how to maintain an airway, resuscitate, deal with choking and sever bleeding. Taking place at the Greets Green Access Centre (YCA). For further information on dates and times contact 'Afrah' the Health Development Officer on 0121 525 3909.

- Youth Circuit Training
Thursday's (6pm – 7pm) at the Greets Green Access Centre (YCA).

- Gymnasium
OPENING SOON. Cardiovascular equipment and Weights. Fee applies. Further details to follow

20 January 2008

YCA on BBC Radio 4 - Centre of Our WorldCarl Chinn Interview

Prof Carl Chinn visits a cross-section of community centres reflecting the city of Birmingham's ethnic diversity. He hears stories of why people have emigrated to Birmingham and what they make of England's second city. He visits the West Midlands Yemeni Community Association.

Click the PLAY button below to listen to the show:

Your browser does not support the video tag.

17 December 2007 The Yemeni Community in the UK on British Satellite News
In the last of the BSN features on multi-ethnic Britain, we take a look at the Yemeni community and a special community centre in the West Midlands embracing young and old.

Click the PLAY button below to watch to the show:


Your browser does not support the video tag.
BSN Interview
BSN Interview 2

25 October 2007

New Education and VIP Sections Added
Two sections have been added to our website. You can visit the following links below:

Education Secion click here to visit

VIP Section click here to visit


16 October 2007
Carl Chinn visits the YCA
The Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell welcomed Carl Chinn the famous BBC broadcaster & Community Historian/Author to its premises at the Greets Green Access Centre on Tuesday 15th October 2007. 

This was a fact finding visit by Mr Chinn to enable him to capture the history of the Yemeni community within the West Midlands.  During his visit he interviewed various members of the Yemeni community about their life & experiences both past and present as well as exploring how a centre like the YCA impacts on their every day life.
 
From Left to Right: Saeed, Ragih, Carl Chinn, Afrah & Saleh Saeed
14 September 2007

Real West Brom Adult Charter Standard Success

Real West Brom
From Left to Right: Abdul Kahar and Abdar Obeed

Real West Brom have become the first Adult Charter Standard Club in the Greets Green area of West Bromwich. The club who play in the Birmingham Premier of the Shapla League have had a successful few year on the pitch with winning a promotion and golden boots awards in 2006.

The team are based from Sandwell Yemeni Association and provide the adult football for the Yemeni and Bangladeshi community of Greets Green and West Bromwich. Manager Abdul Kahar has been engaged in the UEFA Hat trick project in Greets Green from its start in 2005 and has seen the benefit of using football to promote community cohesion and health related activities. Abdul has gained his Level 1 and awaiting his final assessment for his FA level2 coaching qualification.

Abdul stated that “by being involved in the Uefa Hat trick project Real West Brom FC have been able to access training and coaching qualifications in order for us to be able to apply and gain our Charter Standard. The scheme has benefited us well also in terms of new players and young players participating in all aspects of football”

To add to the team one of their players in Abdar Obeed who has gained a Full time job a Lodge Primary School with assistance of The hat trick project and benefits the children by delivering Sport and Football to all the age groups of the school. Adult football has a big participation rate in Greets Green and it is hoped other teams benefit from seeing the example of how health & fitness, qualifications and coaching has benefited Real West Brom and their players. This has added towards sustainability of Football as a whole in Greets Green.

More information on the UEFA Hat Trick programme contact-
Rus Smith 08700 662 840 or email - russel.smith@wbacp.co.uk

More on FA Charter Standard Clubs contact
Heidi Lockyer on 0121 357 4278 option 2 or email – heidilockyer@birminghamfa.com

12 September 2007

Ramadhan Kareem YCA Flyer
The Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell would like to say Ramadhan Kareem to everyone fasting in this blessed month.

Ramadhan Timetable 2007
To download the Ramadhan Timetable 2007 please click here

28 May 2007 YCA Members invited to our 10th Anniversary Celebrations
YCA FlyerDear Members,

The Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary on Friday 13th July 2007.
As a way of celebrating this landmark anniversary the YCA will be holding a celebratory event at West Bromwich Town Hall, High Street, West Bromwich from 6:00pm – 8:00pm.

The day will host a programme of multicultural talent within the borough including Yemeni traditional dance & music, Irish dancing and Bhangra music as well as holding an award ceremony for those who have made a significant contribution to the development of the YCA.

To download the flyer please click here

Yours Sincerely

Ragih Muflihi
(Centre Manager)

1 April 2007 YCA Annual Membership 2006-2007
As you know an annual membership fee of £5.00 was introduced two years ago to become a member of the Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell. This decision for a membership fee was made after a request by members at the AGM held in 2004 and after consultation with the community. The management committee of the YCA feel that the introduction of a membership fee is a positive move for the organisation and for the community and have decided to continue with this. Therefore, a membership fee of £5.00 is payable for the current year to run from 1st of April 2007 to the end of March 2008. Ultimately the management committee are accountable to the membership and details of the scheme will be discussed at the next AGM. We appreciate that some members may not like the introduction of membership fees and request that such members need to make their voices heard by attending the next Annual General Meeting. We hope that this move is in the best interest of members and will assist the YCA in improving the overall services it offers to the local community.
 
To become a member, please fill in the membership form and return it with the appropriate fee to the YCA office no later than the 18th May 2007. To obtain the Membership Form you can either collect it from the YCA office or you can download it by clicking here.
14 March 2007
Afrah Visits 10 Downing Street


Afrah Saleh Muflihi (Health Development Officer) was invited to attend a special breakfast meeting on the 8th March 2007. The meeting was to mark International Women's Day and was attended by 40 specially nominated women from across the UK who have made important contributions to their communities.

Afrah was also one of 5 women chosen on the day to meet the Prime Minister Tony Blair personally which included a one to one photograph opportunity. The event was hosted by Minister for Women, Ruth Kelly, also in attendance were Patricia Hewitt, Hazel Blears, Jacqui Smith, Tessa Jowell and Baroness Amos.


Afrah Meets Blair
Above: Afrah Muflihi meets PM Tony Blair

For further information please visit the Yemeni Observer by clicking here or by visiting the Communities and Local Government website by clicking here

10 January 2007 New Sandwell YCA Health Website Launched
The Sandwell YCA Health website has been launched dedicated to the improvement and education of health issues within the Yemeni community in the Sandwell area of the West Midlands. Please feel free to explore the various services and health-related interactive content available on the health website by clicking here.
8 December 2006
Youth Worker & Yemeni Youth Forum Members attend Drug Awareness Training

Drug Awareness

On Friday 7th December 2006 Touria Oumerjal (Female youth worker), Adam Muflihi and Wasiem Al-Muflahi (Members of Yemeni Youth Forum) attended a ‘Basic Drug Awareness’ training organised by Sandwell DAAT. 

The training enabled Touria, Adam and Wasiem to:

• Identify factual information on drugs from myths, stereotypes and assumptions
• Identify broad categories of substances
• Identify potential risks and harms associated with specific substances
• Recognise illicit substances
• Classify specific drugs in terms of legal status
• Identify local and national support services

It is anticipated that all three will deliver what they have gained from this training to other youths through peer education.

From Left to Right: Wasiem Al-Muflahi, Touria Oumerjal & Adam Muflihi
29 November 2006 Health Newsletter - Issue 1
The Yemeni Health newsletter will be produced on a monthly basis. Read Issue 1 (To download click here)
23 November 2006
The YCA visits the Yemeni President 'Ali Abdullah Saleh' at the Yemeni Embassy in London

The Yemeni Community Association had the privilege to be invited to the Yemen Embassy in London to welcome the Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh during his visit with the British Government.

Ragih Muflihi the Centre Manager for the Yemeni Community and Ali Al Osaimi from Sandwell PCT attended.

The Yemeni Community handed The President an information pack of all the activities and services they provide to the community.

Ragih, Ali & Ali Abdullah Saleh
From Left to Right: Ragih Muflihi, Ali Al-Osaimi & Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh

20 Novemeber 2006
Nagib Mana passes Driving Test

The YCA would like to congratulate Nagib Mana on passing his driving test. We wish him the very best in his future.


If you have any achievements or success stories that you would like to share with us, please email your story and picture (if any) to adel@yca-sandwell.org.uk or contact Adel on 0121 525 3909

Nagib Mana
Nagib Mana

16 November 2006
YCA Recieves Award at Sandwell Partnership Annual Stakeholder Conference 2006
YCA Award


On Friday 10th November 2006, at the Hawthorns West Bromwich, the Yemeni Community Association was awarded a prestigious recognition from Sandwell Partnership for Excellence and Achievement.

Ragih Muflihi (Centre Manager) and the Management Committee of the YCA wishes to take this opportunity to "thank all partner organisations for the support given to the YCA over the years enabling it to achieve this recognition"

From Left to Right: Ahmed Salem, Ragih Muflihi & Sylvia Heal MP
2 November 2006 Upcoming FREE Courses in January to March 2007
The Yemeni Community Association will be running the following courses in Janauary 2007:

• Mendhi
• Beauty
• Textiles

If anyone is interested in signing up to these courses please contact Samina or Saba on 0121 525 3909. There will be some taster sessions availabe on Thursday 23rd November from 2:00pm-5:00pm for mendhi and Thursday 30th November from 2:00pm-5:00pm for Beauty at the YCA. Open to all ladies. (To download poster click here)
16 October 2006 Latest Newsletter
Read our latest newsletter (Issue 4 - October 2006). (To download click here)
28 September 2006 Islam Awareness Course
The YCA will be hosting an Islam Awareness Course in Sandwell. It is hoped this course will help Business, Voluntary and Statuary sector workers have a better understanding of Islam and how it can be incorporated into your daily work environment. The courses on offer will help the majority of the workforce feel more effective in their work if their understanding was improved. These Courses are also aimed to dispel myths, fears and prejudices by creating opportunities for communities to engage in rich dialogue, share, acknowledge common values and celebrate diversity. The courses can be tailor made to the need of your organisation and all of the following sectors are welcomed to come on this course:

• Schools
• Media
• Law Enforcement
• Prison Services
• Corporations
• Health Services
• Social Service Agencies
• Faith-Base Organisations
• Community Organisations
• Local Authority Services
• Non Governmental Organisations

It would be a wonderful world if we all have a better understanding of each others religion, culture and common factors. This course could be the start, so be the first in your organisation to take the lead. For more information you can contact Samina on 0121 525 3909 or you can download the Islam Awareness Course Information Pack. (To download click here)
11 April 2006 New Education Officer at the YCA (Statement)
Dear Parents/Guardians,

Assalaam Alaykum,

My name is Samina Saudagar and I am the new Education Officer at the Yemeni Community Association. I commenced my employment on 10th April 2006. Formerly I worked for the Smethwick Pakistani Muslim Association as a Training Coordinator. I have a vast amount of experience of engaging the local communities in to education and employment initiatives.

The core aim of my role is to develop and maintain a strong educational support system for Yemeni and other BME families with in the Sandwell area to access. The educational support frame will cater for the needs of all the community members. I am currently carrying out some ‘needs analysis’ questionnaires, which should hopefully present me with enough information to develop courses tailored to suit the needs and the requirements identified by the individuals themselves.

My overall objective for the Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell is to establish the YCAS as an Education and Training Centre which is easily accessed by individuals within the community and services of which are client led and influenced.

Hopefully together with your help and support we can successfully represent the Yemeni community as working together to reduce barriers into learning and improving the quality of life. If you require any further information regarding the contents of this letter please do not hesitate to contact me on 0121 525 3909.

Thank you,

Look forward to seeing you.

Yours truly,

Samina Saudagar
Education Officer
6 February 2006 Yemeni Youth Newsletter
The Yemeni Youth newsletter will be produced on a monthly basis so follow the youth progress.
Read Issue 1 (To download click here)
29 January 2006 YCA Centre Manager
The YCA has managed to persuade 'Ragih Muflihi' one of the former founders and chairman of the organisation to take the post of Centre Manager. With his 20 years of management skills it is anticipated to move the Yemeni Community to the next level of its continuous development. The Management Committee wish him all the best in his new role.
20th December 2005 Newsletter 3
Read newsletter (Issue 3 - November - December 2005). English or Arabic.
16 October 2005

Newsletter 2
Read newsletter (Issue 2). To download click here

21st May 2005 Newsletter 1
Read newsletter (Issue 1). To download click here
Click here to download Adobe Acrobat Reader [Please note some of these forms require Adobe Acrobat Reader to view - if you do not have this software installed on your computer, please click on the icon to the left to get a free download]
Photo - The journey to Manahka, Yemen
 
Registered Charity No. 1109403 - © 2005 Yemeni Community Association - Site Designed by Dahlia Designs - Website Credits