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Halloween Party leads to discussion on good v evil

A Halloween Party with a difference was held at Clementswood Community Centre on Friday 1st November.  The event was agreed by regular visitors to the British Asian Christian Association teenager Chill-out-lounge sessions, who sought a themed celebration of the historic festival.  Close to 20 teenagers attended BACA's Halloween Party during which a visit from the local police drew young people's attention to how to be better citizens. The Sparkz Chill Out lounge project is designed to link young people with charities, community groups and statutory services, while also providing a safe environment for young people to socialize and have fu...

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Community Citizenship promoted by new chill-out lounge for teenagers

Some of the teenagers and two of our adult volunteers during our soft launch in September- taken after event with parental permission. After a series of evenings at our Teenage Chill-out Lounge in Ilford  BACA will be organising a Halloween costume party for young people - at their request.   The lounge allows children to socialize in a safe adult-supervised environment and also provides an opportunity for charities, coummunity groups and leaders to share messages of hope and unity and to make young people aware of services available to them. During the Halloween party we hope to have a short talk from local police advi...

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Non-alcoholic Chill-out Lounge for teenagers launched in Ilford

On Friday 13th September 2019 Redbridge's first Non-alcoholic Chill-out Lounge will launch at Clementswood Community Centre on Connaught Road, Ilford.  The project itself was devised by volunteer Hannah Chowdhry (16 yrs) who was concerned about the lack of facilities for young people in the borough of Redbridge, especially ones that were 'relevant'. Hannah, said: "The project has been delayed due to lack of funding but we have managed to create a small kitchen at Clementswood Community centre and can use a small hall that will serve around 30 young people."Through contacts at my school I have been able to build up a small team of voluntee...

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BPCA partners with City Gates Church on knife crime summit

British Pakistani Christian Association volunteer Hannah Chowdhry led a youth panel at the Serious About Youth Crime summit held at City Gates in Ilford on Saturday 15th June 2019.  Hannah was joined by a number of local youths who were impacted on by the increase of knife and drug crime in Redbridge. During the meeting one of the young panellists described the difficulties many young people face in our unequal society, he said: "If you mother cannot afford to put electricity on the meter, you take matters into your own hands and often school becomes a hindrance to survival rather than an opportunity for progress." Panelists agre...

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Teenager seeks Non-alcoholic bar to steer youngsters away from violent crime.

A teenager concerned about knife crime has asked people to support her in a project that would provide a welcome place for East London teenagers to meet, socialise and 'address personal problems together', under a safe supervised environment. Watch Hannah live on Premier Christian Radio with Presenter :Mary Rodrigues:      Hannah Chowdhry, wrote a letter to the London Mayor Sadiq Khan and and PM Theresa May earlier this year, which received personal responses from both of them.  In this letter she refered to her roles as both an Essex and Redbridge Youth Councillor and shared the contents of a survey she took...

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New Police knife crime video launched at Redbridge violent crime summit

A few of the weary attendents joined a photshoot at the end of the meeting at 11pm. On Saturday 6th April at a knife crime summit organised by Hannah Chowdhry an Essex Youth Councillor and member of Redbridge Youth Council following growing concerns about national treen knife crime and several incidents within local boroughs. Sgt Simmonds from Goodmayes Ward Safer Neighbourhood Team brought three colleagues with him to engage with visitors and share some of their work to tackle gang related crime and other violent crime. At the meeting PC Gakhal launched a new video directed and produced by the local police cadet force, which will be used in the ca...

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Peace event will honour mothers on Mothers' Day

Image of Royal Wedding event held last year. A peace event will be held in In Ilford Town Centre from the 29th - 31st of March 2019 that will also commemorate Mothers Day. The event will include commercial stalls, community stalls and a workshop for children to make gifts for their mothers for her special day. Community Group E-Gangs and antiknife UK will be working towards eradicating teen knife crime in Redbridge and joining a plethora of other charities and groups. We believe tackling the social malaise of knife crime is a topic that goes hand in hand wih celebrations of mothers day. This repugnant crime devastates families and las...

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Essex Youth Councillor pleads with UK authorities to do more to eradicate teen knife crime

Hannah Chowdhry BCyA (behind pole), speaking at a Redbridge Faith Forum vigil at the Redbridge Peace Monument in 2018 Please sign our petition (click here) Support Hannah Chowdhry's teen non-alcoholic bar project by donating (here) mark donations Teen Bar. We now projects like this work as we have had success before (click here), (here) and (here) My name is Hannah Chowdhry, I am 15 years old and I am a young Essex Youth Councillor who is volunteering for the British Pakistani Christian Association(BPCA).  Hannah was presented with a British Ciizen youth Award last year In t...

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Nativity scene set up in Ilford town centre for the second year

Youth Councillor Hannah Chowdhry with the Nativity scene in Ilford town centre. East London. (18-12-2018)  Hannah Chowdhry a recently elected Youth councillor for the district of Epping and nominee for Redbridge Youth Council installed a nativity scene before the Borough Christmas tree in Ilford town centre. As part of her Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award she is once again volunteering with British Pakistani Christian Association with whom she reintroduced the nativity to our town centre celebrations last year after a 21 year absence. To read more and see the photo credit form the Guardian (click here) For the second year after a 21 yea...

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Redbridge Community Fayre brings hope to people seeking change in their lives

A peace event to close of Redbridge's celebration of the London Week of Peace brought joy to families of all diversities as they shopped in Ilford last week at an event organised by the British Pakistani Christian Association. From  24th - 29th September families were able to access a friendship centre where free counselling, drinks and cake were provided by members of High Road Baptist Church and Palm Tree Ministries, the popular stall has helped over 400 local people deal with matters such as ill health, depression, poverty bullying and dark abuses from the past.  The experienced team were able to provide pathways to further help, such...

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