Q & A with Ben Gummer MP On the EU Referendum
BSC is hosting a Question and Answer session with our local MP Ben Gummer. If you have any questions about the EU Referendum that is taking place on 23rd June and want to find out more about it, then please come along.
Tuesday 21st June 2016 - Meeting Room, 19 Tower Street, Ipswich. IP1 3BE. 12.00 noon - 1.00pm
Ben Gummer MP visits BSC
Ben Gummer MP for Ipswich visited BSC on Wednesday 1 June 2016 and met our staff and trustees. We had a lively discussion on a range of issues. He was impressed with BSC and its services, and will continue to support its wonderful work going forward.
BSC presentation at Ipswich East Rotary Club
Ipswich East Rotary Club invited BSC Centre Manager to their meeting on 24 May 2016 to deliver a presentation about BSC and its community development and regeneration activities. The presentation was well-received and BSC now has a supporter in the Rotary Club. We would like to thank Michelle Bevan-Margetts, the President of the Rotary Club, and her colleagues for their support. For further information about BSC, please contact our office on 01473 400081 or email us. Thank you.
Mini World Cup
The Bangladeshi Support Centre Supplementary School held a mini world cup at Goals Soccer Centre. It was for those aged 12 and under and took place on Saturday 21st May. There was also a taster session of other sports and activities inside the building. The event was well attended and a great success, giving those who attended a chance to engage with others in some healthy exercise.
Support Services Opening Times
If you have a problem, difficulty or feel under pressure, and require help and support - come and see us! BSC is always here to Support You!
Support services opening times:
Monday 10am - 3pm ~ female worker
Wednesday 10 am - 3 pm ~ female worker
Thursday 10 am - 3 pm ~ male worker
Friday 10 am - 3 pm ~ female worker
Support workers ph: 01473 429740
Main office ph: 01473 400081
Pita Festival held at Suffolk New College Atrium
Our Pita Festival was held at Suffolk New College atrium on Sunday 24th April.
The festival was open between 12-4pm and traditional food, costumes, jewellery and body art took centre stage.
Among the festivities was a pita competition where entrants had their colourful creations judged and educational awards were presented to recognise the achievements of those who have been supported by the centre.
Apart from food stalls there was also a children’s magician, a bouncy castle, a jewellery stall and a henna stand. Various other organisations and businesses also provided stands.
more photos here
BSC participates in Unity in Diversity event in Brandon
We were pleased to attend a successful culture and diversity event in Suffolk promoting our work and activities to the wider community; building new links and networking with a whole range of organisations in West Suffolk. A big thanks to Jo Wilson who organised the event. There was a variety of activities on display including music and food from around the world. BSC's Heritage Exhibition was a highlight and we received positive feedback from attendees. We also raised awareness of our Carers' project aimed at BME people in rural Suffolk. For further information about the Carers' project please contact BSC office on 01473 400081 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
2016 Pita Festival
Our annual Pita Festival will take place this year on the 24th April between noon and 4pm at Suffolk New College. As well as the Pita Competition there will be a magician to entertain the children, a presentation of outstanding educational awards, pita stalls, henna art, BSC jewellery stall and a variety of information stalls.
Centre to Upgrade IT hub
Spring Gathering 2016
On Tuesday 15th March at the Manor Ballroom, Ipswich between noon and 2pm we will be hosting an informal spring get together with a variety of activities and some light refreshments. Everybody is welcome to attend.
International Mother Language Day
The supplementary school will be celebrating Bangla, International Mother Language Day on Sunday 28th February. This event is open to everybody, both children and parents and there will be lots of activities as well as a heritage exhibition.
Free Homework Club for Students
The venue is the Language Centre, Room 5, Northgate High School and the Homework Club is open from 5pm-7pm on Mondays. There is supervision from teachers and volunteers. Our first session on Monday 1st February was well attended, with students from a variety of backgrounds. These sessions are open to all students and are free of charge and supported by BBC Children in Need.
January - Meetings with Councillors at BSC
During January Bangladeshi Support Centre will be meeting with both Local and County Councillors of all political parties. We will be discussing how we can better work together, showcasing our work, and ways to achieve our mutual goals. Councillors will be meeting BSC staff, trustees, volunteers and clients to gain an insight into our projects and activities. We look forward to some interesting and productive discussion and dialogue.
For further information please contact BSC via this website or office number 01473 400081.
UPDATE: Meetings with District and County Councillors are still taking place. Meetings so far have been really productive and guests have commented on how impressed they were with BSC and its activities.
BSC Annual General Meeting December 8th
Our Annual General Meeting was held on Tuesday 8th December 2015. There was a good attendance and an interesting talk given by guest speaker Deputy Chief Constable of Suffolk, Stephen Jupp (below centre). The photo above is of the deputy mayor accepting a cheque for moneys raised for BBC Children in need by our supplementary school.
Diversity Event in Lowestoft a Success!
BSC organised a Diversity Event in Lowestoft on 15 November 2015 and what a fantastic response we got!
Supporting BBC Children In Need
BSC Supplementary School is currently supported by BBC Children in Need. On Saturday 7th November the Supplementary School organized a sports marathon where about a hundred children, parents, staff and volunteers went around a sports circuit as many times as possible. The final amount raised is still to be confirmed, but it is in excesss of £150. BBC Children In Need is the BBC's corporate charity and they provide grants to projects in the UK that focus on children and young people who are disadvantaged.
AGM 8th December
We are pleased to announce our AGM will take place on 8th December 2015 at 10:30am in the meeting room at 19 Tower Street. Everybody is welcome. Light refreshment will be provided.
Supporting BBC Children In Need
BSC Supplementary School, currently supported by BBC Children In Need, is organising a sports marathon on Saturday 7th November 2015 at St Helens Primary School (2.00 – 4.00pm). Children, parents, staff & volunteers will be trying to go around the sports circuit as many times as possible to raise money for the BBC charity event in the week leading up to the main “Children In Need” national fundraising evening on 16 November.
BBC Children in Need is the BBC's UK corporate charity and they provide grants to projects in the UK which focus on children and young people who are disadvantaged. Covering all corners of the UK they support small and large organisations which empower children and extend their life choices.
Supplementary School Sports Day
Recently BSC supplementary school had its sports day. Around 100 children and parents came down and participated in various recreational sports activities to help build their confidence and encourage them to lead a healthy life style. The Mayor of Ipswich was one of several guests who attended. The supplementary school is supported by BBC Children in Need and other local partners. For further information contact Mr Alam on 07932 644466.
One Big Multicultural Festival Photos
Fifth 1 Big Multicultural Festival
The Bangladeshi Support Centre is hosted its 5th 1 Big Multicultural Festival on Sunday 6th September 2015, Alexandra Park, Ipswich.
This unique event celebrated the diversity in Ipswich and Suffolk as a whole, bringing communities together through music, dance, arts and crafts, and food in a fun environment.
The event is entirely funded via donations and sponsorships as well as through placing of adverts in our events brochure, 5000 of which are given out free on the day and selling pitches to stall holders.
Our thanks to all who supported this local event through sponsorship, taking a stall or by placing an advert in the brochure or in any other way.
2015 Suffolk Pita Festival
Sunday 26th April 2015, 12-4pm, Suffolk New College, Rope Walk, IP4 1LT
Curry, culture, contribution… honouring the role of Bangladeshis in Suffolk life
An exhibition celebrating Suffolk’s Bangladeshi community, honouring their heritage and contribution to the region was launched on January 27th.
Around 100 visitors and dignitaries gathered at Suffolk County Council’s Endeavour House headquarters for the unveiling of the three year project organised by the Ipswich and Suffolk Bangladeshi Support Centre.
Julie Begum and Tunu Miah, project co-ordinators for the centre’s Curry and Culture Heritage Project Exhibition, interviewed more than 30 people from the 1950s to the present. The exhibition highlights their lives, work and contribution to the community through creative and biographical placards.
The exhibition, which seeks to break down barriers by working with communities, schools and museums in the region, is set to be displayed in other public venues across the region over the coming months.
It details the history of Bangladesh, such as how it gained Independence from Pakistan in 1971, how the majority of Indian restaurants in Ipswich are owned and managed by Bangladeshi people, and other significant cultural aspects of the country.
Mojlum Khan, centre manager of the Ipswich and Suffolk Bangladeshi Support Centre, said: “It is a fantastic exhibition. A range of organisations have contributed to help us revive the last 60 years of history.”
“The exhibition adds another dimension to our history and I would like to think, plants the seeds for future. We want young people to be proud of, and understand, our history in Ipswich and Suffolk so they can become better informed and more productive citizens. Hopefully we will do this and raise awareness.”
It is thought around 8,000 British Bangladeshis live in Suffolk, and now an information pamphlet is set to be sent to every primary school in Ipswich so youngsters can learn about the historical and cultural legacy of the Suffolk Bangladeshi community.
BSC Supplementary School wins awards!
Working in partnership with St Helens Primary School, Suffolk County Council, Community Action Suffolk and the BIG Lottery, Bangladeshi Support Centre (BSC) Supplementary School has been recently awarded both Bronze and Silver Quality Standards by National Resource Centre for Supplementary Education (NRCSE) for its work with disadvantaged local primary school children and their families.
Chair of BSC, Mr Boshor Ali, said, “This is an important achievement and I want to thank our staff, volunteers and all the students for their hard work and dedication. I look forward to celebrating the Gold Award next year, no pressure!” Supplementary School currently engages 25 children regularly and, in total, more than 100 children and their families benefit from this project. Although the focus is on improving the children’s academic performance, they and their families are encouraged to take part in extra-curricular activities to inspire, empower and motivate them. For example, Sports Days are organised to enable children to try a range of activities including trips, visits to parks, cultural festivals and sports to encourage them to achieve their full potential in life. All the children who participate are recognised for their efforts and parents are encouraged to support them at home and school.
If you are interested in attending BSC Supplementary School, please contact Mohammed Alam on 01473 400081 or 07932 644466.
Training - Cultural Awareness on the Frontline
Please see linked details of a free training on cultural awareness on 25th November in Bury St Edmunds. Please do feel free to forward to colleagues who may be interested.
Bangladeshi women take part in New Age Curling in partnership with Activlives
Multicultural Festival was a major success!
1 BIG Multicultural Festival took place on Sunday 31 August 2014 at Alexandra Park Ipswich.
Around 8,000 people flocked to Alexandra Park to celebrate the annual Multicultural Festival this summer and it was even bigger and better this year! Organised by the award winning community organisation, Bangladeshi Support Centre, the festival attracted diverse audiences from across Suffolk and beyond. 2014 saw more than a dozen different communities represented at the festival through live music, dance performances, display of heritage, food from around the world and over 50 different stalls and attractions.
Working in partnership with local businesses and organisations, the festival has continued to grow and has now become a highlight of Ipswich’s summer events programme, showcasing local groups and promoting cultural diversity in the town. This year, several nationally renowned artists performed live music at the festival supported by the Arts Council including Lokkhi Terra, Raxstar, TazZz and Harare Band group.
Other attractions included a Kabbadi competition, a traditional form of Asian wrestling, football tournament, to Zulu dancers, the festival aimed to break down barriers and indulge the community in a medley of cultural delight.
Mr Boshor Ali, Chairman of BSC, said, “This year the event was a major success and having good weather really helped. We have received positive feedback from a lot of people. Thanks to everyone for their help and support.”
EDUCATION AND TRAINING SKILLS PROJECTS 2014
Bangladeshi Support Centre (BSC) is an award-winning community organisation and engages people from the Bangladeshi and other ethnic minority communities in Ipswich & Suffolk.
Our Training and Skills Project, funded by European Social Fund (ESF), Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and The Consultancy Home Counties Limited (TCHC), aims to develop a skilled and adaptable workforce, remove barriers to employment and extend employment opportunities and enterprise from Bangladeshi and other ethnic minority men, women and young graduates.
This includes the opportunity to:
- Increase Basic Literacy and IT Skills
- Increase Specialised Skills, i.e. Web Design, Business Administration and Safeguarding
- Training and Workshops, i.e. Introduction to Business
- Work Experience Opportunities around the County
Big Multicultural Festival 2014
Sunday 31st August
Alexandra Park, Ipswich
Thousands of people are expected to celebrate at the 1 Big Multicultural Festival in Ipswich on Sunday 31st August 2014.
The FREE event will take place in the town’s Alexandra Park, featuring a truly global line-up, with live music and dance from Britain, Bangladesh, India, China, African-Caribbean, Portugal, Colombia, South Africa, Spain and elsewhere. Renowned band groups like Lokkhi Terra, Matima’s Harare and Tazzz & Raxstar will be performing live music – supported by the Arts Council.
There will also be a wide range of other attractions for all the family: five-a-side football, kabaddi (south Asian wrestling), a kids’ zone, market bazaar, world food, heritage zone and much more. Chair of BSC, Boshor Ali, said, “This year the event is going to be much bigger and better, attracting nationally renowned artists to Ipswich for the first time. All welcome!”
The event is organised by Bangladeshi Support Centre (BSC) and supported by prominent local partners. Launch of the event will take place at Alexandra Park on 16 June at 2pm. All welcome to attend the launch.
For more information or to be stalls, please contact BSC on 01473 400081 or email@example.com
Raising awareness of health issues amongst the vulnerable
On Tuesday 26 Feb, BSC organised a health event in partnership with Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG and other community organisations to raise awareness of common health issues during the winter period. There were many presentations on different health issues, taster exercise sessions, winter health packs, free health checks, Tai Chi, launch of a booklet on health issues and other activities.
Around 200 people of diverse background attended the event at Manor Ballroom focusing on those who are especially vulnerable. Guest speakers included Dr Peter Holloway, local GP and member of Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG, Cllr David Ellesemere, Leader of Ipswich Borough Council, Cllr Mary Blake, The Mayor of Ipswich, and Mr Boshor Ali, Chair of Bangladeshi Support Centre. The event was a great success!
For more information, please contact BSC on 01473 400081
WINTER HEALTH AWARENESS DAY
Tuesday February 26th 2013, at the Manor ballroom from 12 noon till 3pm
Come along and find out how to keep healthy, active and safe in winter!
|Over the counter medication||Health Checks|
|Common winter ailments||Information Stalls|
|Guest Speakers||Stop Smoking Advice|
Call Shayra, Mohammed or Noman at the centre on 01473 400081 for more information
EAST OF ENGLAND MEP VERY IMPRESSED WITH BSC
Dec 8th 2012
Richard Howitt Member of European Parliament for East of England visited Bangladeshi Support Centre (BSC) on 30 November 2012 and he was very impressed with BSC’s range of projects, events and activities. He expressed his intention to support BSC so that it can continue to help more people to gain new skills, obtain employment and contribute to community development and regeneration.
BSC is an award-winning community organisation, well known for its new and innovative projects and initiatives, having an impressive track record of planning and delivering projects, both small and large.For more info about BSC, please call 01473 400081 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
BIG MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL 2012
03 July 2012 15:15:10 GMT
Over the last few years, Bangladeshi Support Centre (BSC) Trustees had visited several English towns and cities to understanding their community difficulties and challenges, and how we can learn from their experience. Inspired by our visits, last year BSC organized 1 BIG Multicultural Festival on 4th September 2011 at Alexandra Park in Ipswich. Working with local businesses, community groups and councils, this important event promoted cultural awareness, social integration and broke-down barriers. More than 6000 Suffolk residents of all background converged; the result was a great success – the first truly multicultural event to be held in Suffolk, attracting visitors from across the county and beyond. It also provided a safe and secure environment for children to play and have fun along with adults of all ages especially those who are socially excluded or disadvantaged, for it was a free event, open to all. Police Community Safety Officers and Suffolk Fire Service personnel, among others, attended the event to engage with an increasingly diverse population in Suffolk.
Encouraged by the excellent feedback BSC received, we are planning to organize this event on 2nd September 2012, from 12pm to 5pm at Alexandra Park in Ipswich. Since this Multicultural Event is open to everyone in the community, led by the community, our aim is to bring different communities in Suffolk together, regardless of their background, race, gender or faith. By holding this event we hope to strengthen community relations and create an enjoyable and friendly environment for everyone. There will be various forms of entertainment and activities including live music, artistic performance, children’s funfair, food and drinks from around the world, five-a side football tournament and other similar activities. The event will host a range of information stalls, promoting healthy living and encouraging local people to lead a healthier lifestyle.
Last year the event was supported by Suffolk County Council, Ipswich Borough Council, Suffolk New College, University Campus Suffolk, ITFC, Suffolk Police, Ipswich Star, BBC Radio Suffolk, Town 102 FM and local community and faith groups as well as local businesses.
If you would like to get involved and support this event, there are a number of ways you can do this:
- Sponsorship: You will get a full page advert in our brochure, thousands of copies will be printed and distributed free to all who attend the event, your logos will go on our promotional material including banners that will be displayed around Ipswich town centre for at least 2 weeks, free stall in information marquee, etc.
- Taking an advert in our brochure, £250 full page, £150 half page, £100 quarter page
- Taking a stall in our marquee to promote your service, organisation or business (prices start from £80 depending on type of organization or business)
- Taking a pitch outdoors to promote as above (prices strat from £100 depending on type of organization/business and size of pitch)
If you would like further information or would like to offer your support in any other way then please email us on email@example.com or phone us on 01473 400081/406548. Thank you.
SUCCESSFUL LAUNCH OF 'MATHS CHALLENGE' INITIATIVE!
25 May 2012 20:12:00 GMT
Bangladeshi Support Centre (BSC) is an award-winning, grass-roots based community organisation with more than 12 years of excellent track-record of planning and delivering community projects, both small and large, thus seeking to educate and empower local BME and especially Bangladeshi people. BSC's existing projects and activities are aimed mainly at adults. As the Bangladeshi community in Suffolk is growing fast with 70 per cent of the community consisting of young people between the ages of 6 to 24, the Supplementary School project will seek to engage children and their parents/families in a range of educational, recreational and leisure activities to enable them to achieve their full potential. In a country/ county of aging population, investing in these young people is essential in order to create a bright future for all.
This project will directly benefit young people and their parents in the following ways:
1. Children will improve their academic performance and will be encouraged to raise their aspirations and achieve their full potential.
2. They will have access to greater social, cultural and recreational opportunities as well as new experiences and these will provide them with new and positive interests and improve their health and well being.
3. Children and their parents will have access to help, information and support to make positive choices and gain a sense of belonging and identity, and increase their self-esteem and confidence.
4. Parents will be able to support their children's educational needs and other issues they face whilst children are at school eg. bullying or help with homework, etc.
The Project launched its ‘Maths Challenge’ initiative on 19 May 2012 with the support of East Anglian Daily Times (EADT). More than 30 pupils and their parents, visitors and volunteers attended the launch at St Helens Primary School in Ipswich.
For more information, please contact Mr M. M. Alam, Project Manager, on 01473 400081.
BSC ‘Highly Commended’ by High Sheriff of Suffolk!
16 March 2012 20:18:00 GMT
Bangladeshi Support Centre (BSC) was recently nominated and short listed for an Award by the High Sheriff of Suffolk in recognition of its outstanding contributions to the local people. BSC staff and Trustees attended the award ceremony on 8th March held at Bury St Edmunds Cathedral. It was an opportunity to meet many other prominent guests, local government officials and people who are involved in community and voluntary work across the County of Suffolk.
The award judges were very impressed with the quality and quantity of community development and regeneration work being undertaken by BSC and its partners for the benefit of the people of Suffolk. BSC’s activities and services are accessed by people of more than 40 different nationalities and background. BSC is not only considered to be one of the leading BME community and voluntary sector organisations in Suffolk, but also in the East of England region.
For further information about BSC and its activities/services, please see contact Mr M Khan on 01473 400081 or contact us here>>
TOP HEALTH AWARD FOR BSC!
17 January 2012 20:15:00 GMT
Healthy Ambitions Suffolk gave a top award for healthier curries at its recent Awards Celebration.
At the breakfast event held at Trinity Park, the Bangladeshi Support Centre (BSC) and Eastern Spice Takeaway, Woodbridge Road jointly scooped the Healthy Ambitions Suffolk 2011 Special Community Award. The award was handed over to BSC by Professor Dame Carol Black CBE, National Director of Health and Work.
Sally Hogg, Deputy Director of Public Health and a member of the Healthy Ambitions Suffolk board says that this is an excellent step forward to make one of the UK’s most popular foods just that bit healthier.
“Curry is enjoyed across the county” says Mrs Hogg “but many are high in saturated fats, often due to the butter content and as we all know, olive oil is a healthier alternative.” She added that although less people are dying from heart attacks, heart disease itself is still rising and diet is an important contributory factor.
There are over 100 Bangladeshi-owned food businesses across the county and this will provide an example for others to follow.
Mr Boshor Ali, Chair of BSC added that heart disease is particularly prevalent in the Bangladeshi community and cutting down on saturated fat will certainly help. In 2011, BSC scooped 3 important local and national awards for its innovative and interesting community-based projects, which are accessed people of more than 40 different nationalities and backgrounds.
For further information about BSC and its activities/services, please see contact Mr M Khan on 01473 400081 or contact us here>>
MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL A MAJOR SUCCESS!
10 January 2012 16:15:00 GMT
Bangladeshi Support Centre in partnership with Ipswich Borough Council, Suffolk County Council, ITFC, Suffolk New College, Town 102FM, UCS, Suffolk Constabulary, local community organisations and businesses organised one of the first truly MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL in Ipswich. Performers, artists, food retailers and other cultural activities showcased by all major local community groups attracted more than 6000 people at Alexandra Park in Ipswich, Suffolk. For more information, please contact BSC on 01473 400081.
BIG MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL 4 SEPT 2011
22 July 2011 15:53:00 GMT
Bangladeshi Support Centre is organising a BIG Multicultural Festival, an event open to everyone in the community, by the community. The event will take place at Alexandra Park on Sunday 4th of September 2011, from 12pm to 5pm.
Our aim is to break down barriers and bring the whole community in Ipswich and Suffolk together, regardless of their background, race, gender or faith. By holding this event we hope to strengthen community relations and create an enjoyable and friendly environment for everyone. This will be a free, family event, targeting around 5000 to 7000 people.
There will be various forms of entertainment and activities including live music (band groups), artistic performance (mixed); variety of food/drinks, football tournament, Asian games (Kabadi), Tag of War, Children’s Fun Fair and other similar activities. Different cultural groups/organisations from Suffolk will be participating and representing their communities (eg Polish, African/Caribbean, Kurdish, Indian, Chinese, Bangladeshi, etc). The event will host a range of information stalls, promoting healthy living and encouraging local people to lead a healthier lifestyle.
This Multicultural Festival is supported by leading local organisations including Ipswich Borough Council, Suffolk County Council, Suffolk New College, ITFC, Suffolk Police, Evening Star, UCS, Town 102 FM, Channel S (International Media Group) and local community groups. Our aim is to raise around £25,000 towards the cost of organising the event.
If you would like to get involved or have any queries or questions, please contact us here>> or phone us 01473 400081. Thank you.
MAJOR LOTTERY FUND AWARD FOR CURRY AND CULTURE PROJECT
12 May 2011 13:15:00 GMT
The Bangladeshi Support Centre and Colchester and Ipswich Museums have been awarded a significant amount of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund's "Your Heritage" scheme towards their "Curry and Culture" project. The project will record and promote the longstanding involvement and participation of the Bangladeshi community in the economic and cultural life of Ipswich and Suffolk. This is to both mark their contribution and combat ignorance which can lead to racist attitudes. It will also be way of capturing the lives and times of the first generation of Bangladeshis in this area, many of whom are elderly now. To this end, a Project Co-ordinator will be working over the next three years with volunteers and others from Suffolk Record Office, St Helen's Primary School and Northgate High School.