Sri Lankan Muslim community of East London (SLMC East London) organised a Children and Youth programme on 21st February 2015 which was newhan school half term. This programme was organsied by centre running committee and with involvement of volunteers.
We distributed over 100 leaflets 2 weeks prior to the event and published on our website and posters on our centre and nearest public places.
About the project
This was a well organised event and we had different age groups. We started registration on the day at around 10.30am and we had 72 children and youth were registered for the events and we have divided the the numbers in 3 age groups as follows,
Group A – 7 to 11 years old
Group B – 12 to 15 years old
Group C – 16 to 21 years old
3 different activities were organised
Activity 1 – Talk with Question and answer session
A scholar from school delivered the talk to each age groups topic related to their age such manners and respecting parents, be part of community , how to achieve your goals and plan your future.
Activity 2 – Each age group was involved an team building exercise and games.
Own ideas for designing and using your own team building games, exercises and activities,
Empowering people is more about attitude and behaviour towards staff than processes and tools. Teamwork is fostered by respecting, encouraging, enthusing, caring for people, not exploiting or dictating to them.
Activity 3 – Sports
Each group was taken to central park and divided into 2 team (Red and Blue) and had arranged football play equipments and bibs for each tema 30 minutes playing football and 40 minutes playing cricket.
An Evening of Inspiration
Easter Children Performance, Friends and Family Gathering event
1. Introduction of Organisation
Sri Lankan Muslim Community of East London (SLMC EL) a registered charity in the UK (Reg No: 1131486), was found in 2008 by a group of Sri Lankan brothers with the aim of serving and bringing up the community in all aspects, and also to empower our next generation. It is to be highlighted here that according to some statistics majority of Sri Lankan Muslims live in Newham compared to any other boroughs in the UK, so it was a timely need to form such an organization to enhance the community.
Since the launching the SLMC EL has been working hard to keep the community alive and engaged by organising many different programs and events such as Ramadhan and Eid programs, family gatherings, children programs, dinner functions etc and activities such as football training for youth and elder group.
2. About the project
We organised the “An Evening of Inspiration” project on Saturday 14th April 2012 which was on school easter holiday weekend.
This event is mainly targeted for the children upto the age between 4 to 12 years old. The Agenda for this programme was ,
05.00pm Preparation and Children Registration
05.45pm Children Performance event
07.30pm Interbuilt Presentation on Child development
07.45pm Break for refreshment
08.15pm SLMC update – Br. Jawzi
08.30pm Talk – Importance of Children’s growth
09.15pm Prize giving for performers
We invited children to register online through our website and on the day of the event as well. We had over 45 children was registered for the child performance online and 12 children was registered on the day of the event.
Sri Lankan Muslim community of East London hired a hall at Hartley centre in East ham (Barking Road E6 1LB) which normally can accommodate 150 people. We have 22 volunteers and over 70 parents and guardian presented for the event.
They can either perform talk, sing, drama or similar performance and each child was allocated 2 to 3 minutes of individual performance on the stage. if they wants to do a group event then they were allowed 5 to 6 minutes for drama, group Nasheed etc.
An organisation called interbuilt they did a presentation on child development. Mainly focus on deveping on how to get our child with wider comminurty
Then we arranged refreshment for the children, volunteers and parents .
The secretry of SLMC Br Jawzi updated on SLMC East London’s future plans and projects. He mainly mentioned about buying a centre for own and to be held all it’s services at the centre. We also started a membership programme where public can join and work together and fundraise for the building project of SLM East London.
Gift was awarded for all the children who have participated and ceritificate of participation was issued to all of them to encourage them to spreak up and bring up their own skills.
President’s talk (Vote of thanks)
SLMC East London’s president Amanulla Haniffa made a talk on children’s group and support from SLMC east London. He thanked all the participants and volunteer and agreed to host similar events in future and needed support from local community and volunteers.