Hamara Healthy Living Centre
Hamara Healthy Living Centre, based in Beeston, is the largest ethnic minority voluntary organisation in Leeds and delivers a range of services and activities in the community such as youth activities, older people’s services, Saturday supplementary school, support for those with special educational needs; and education, employment & training programmes.
Its Halo project supports adults with learning difficulties to integrate into the wider community, providing opportunities to increase confidence and develop independence. Members often learn life skills by participating in activities such as cooking sessions, education, digital know-how, sports, outdoor pursuits and employment skills sessions.
Due to the pandemic, the Hamara team had to suspend all of their face-to-face services within the community. But funding from the NET Coronavirus Appeal, through Leeds Community Foundation, has helped them to continue to provide families and children with the support needed. This includes regular well-being calls to ensure families are not isolated, access to a foodbank, the provision of warm and cold ready-made meals, plus activity resources and sports equipment to help parents keep children active whilst in lockdown.
Raheem Mohammed, Operations Manager of Hamara, said: ‘During these unprecedented times, we have been able to deliver daily essentials to 100’s of families and keep in regular contact with them to ensure we can support them in any way possible.’