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Succour for the Homeless

Image: Volunteer Rajeshri Chouhan with officer from Westminster Drug Project who regularly undertakes Lateral Flow Tests for COVID-19 with our visitors. British Asian Christian Association announced the termination of our 'Meals for the Homeless' Project for the end of April and we came very close to terminating due to a lack of volunteers. However after Al Bayan Welfare Centre (a local mosque), local churches and food businesses compelled us to continue and committed to providing food and free use of Clementswood Community Centre, we agreed to continue the work.  Professionally cooked food prepared by local restaurants has ...

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Flowers of Solidarity presented to Rabbi who was attacked in Chigwell

By Hannah Chowdhry After a Rabbi was attacked on Sunday 16th May at around 13:15 it made international news.  Police who investigated the attack have listed the crime as a hate crime but have said that the attack "is not based on attacks happening overseas or anywhere else in the country."  You can read a fuller account of the attack (here). A 15 year old and 18 year old have been arrested and charged with racially motivated assault (GBH with intent) and are still in custody. Redbridge Council's leaders Jas Athwal also sent out a message via his Twitter: The crime seems to be one linked to antisemitism and that for me was a ...

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As the nation mourns Prince Philip Hannah Chowdhry recalls the wonderful gift of his pioneering Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

Image of Hannah Chowdhry with her DofE Silver Award Expedition compatriots. By Hannah Chowdhry The death of the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip of Denmark and Greece on 9th April 2021 only 2 months short of his 100th birthday, is a moment of great sadness for the UK.  The Government annouced an 8 day national mourning for the Duke of Edinburgh, which means we will not receive the usual overzealous campaigning by politicians and would-be-politicians during the forthcoming elections.  More importantly though, HRH Queen Elizabeth II, other members of her family and friends and of course members of the public can mourn and refl...

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Easter gfits for the homeless to share blessing of Christ's resurrection

Homeless people in Ilford were treated to a chicken roast dinner, Easter eggs and gifts on Saturday 3rd August. Around 40 local homeless people turned up to receive the hearty meals and seasonal extras.  We also shared a number of Gideon's bibles with 11 distributed that weekend. Our Meals for the homeless project is now over a year old but due to a decrease in volunteers since the lockdown has lifted we have made a decision to terminate the project.  The number of volunteer hours needed for the project is now simply beyond our capacity and we can no longer afford to run the project, which has a large number of associated costs. Our proje...

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Local Mosque joins BACA meals for the homeless project

The success of our Meals for the Homeless project has continually drawn in new partners.  Since the beginning of March the loscal mosque opposite our centre have begun a programme of supplying groceries for our foodbank visitors once a month.  Their donations have been heling us imrove the lives of families with local children and we hoe to continue this and other positive partnerships throughout the course of our operation. Sheikh Khalid, the Imam for the mosque, said: "I am grateful for the opportunity to work with British Asian Christian Association. "There work is very positive and has been changing the lives of many lo...

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Christmas lights in Chigwell Row for first time ever thanks to Hannah Chowdhry

For the first time ever Chigwell Row a small village in Chigwell has large public Christmas lights thanks to the efforts of British Asian Christian Association's teenage volunteer, Hannah Chowdhry. The lights were purchased and gifted to All Saints Church and put up by local volunteers, though Hannah and her friends also helped with installation and planning of the community launch day event, that was attended by over 100 socially-distanced people. One of the main features of the lights is a beautiful star that sits on the top of a tower flag mast pf the church.  This was lit on the first day of advent and was introduced to a loud rin...

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Christmas came early for Redbridge Homeless

Christmas came early for over 50 homeless people in Redbridge after a meal consisting of roast turkey, brussel sprouts, roast potatoes, boiled carrots, roast lamb with gravy, cranberry sauce and mint sauce was distributed by our volunteers.  The event which incuded live Christmas Carols was held on Saturday 12th December 2020. A well decorated venue with a Christmas tree and a visit from Santa made sure that a homeless community often forgotten and extremely lonely during this period, were able to revel in the joy of the season.   Many visitors queued up from 4pm for our 6pm opening and during their wait they were met by sta...

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NHS Hepatology Team to make visits to BACA Meals for the Homeless project more regular

In the freezing cold of a British November dozens of homeless people queued from 4pm for a 6pm meal distribution at British Asian Christian Association's venue at Clementswood Community Centre.  Our well cooked meals have become more popular than McDonalds to the many visitors, who love my mum's hot spicy chicken curry, pasta and meatballs, fish and chips or whatever she chooses to serve up, in a regularly changing menu. It is no surprise then, that when a team of nurses from the Hepatology Department at Queens Hospital, Romford, joined us from 6pm to undertake blood tests, for Hepatitis B &C, Syphilis and AIDS, they soon found th...

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Young inspiring teenager’s research into Ilford Homeless praised by Ilford Historical Society.

Hannah Chowdhry distributing meal boxes to homeless during first COVID-19 lockdown. Ilford Historical Society’s youngest ever research contributor could become a trigger for younger supporters of the group. A young former Ilford resident now residing in Chigwell was so inspired when she learnt about Ilford’s historical past in helping the homeless, whilst reading an Eric Arthur Blair aka George Orwell novel, that she conducted her own research into the town’s desperate vagrancy past. Hannah Chowdhry (16 yrs) was born in Ilford and attended Kantor King Solomon before the COVID-19 lockdown and now attends Davenant Foundation school near...

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Hepatology Team to use BACA premises to check and treat homeless people

Image of Juliet Chowdhry visiting homeless tents behind Ilford Library earlier this year. British Asian Christian Association is loaning it's office space to a Queens Hospital Hepatology team for a day to help inspect and treat the large number of homeless people visiting our centre for food. A team of medical staff from the local Hospital based in Romford will be conducting Hepatitis tests on homeless people that attend  our centre, on Thursday 5th November from 6pm.  The team from the Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust's programme to help vulnerable homeless people have chosen our centre due to the scale of ...

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