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Mayor of London's office plan COVID-19 recovery solutions for all minorities!

By Hannah Chowdhry On 30th June 2020, I was able to attend a zoom panel with the Deputy Mayor of London for 'Social Integration, Social Mobility and Community Engagement', Debbie Weekes-Bernard, as a volunteer for the BACA. We were invited to talk about how the Pakistani community has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The invite said: "We invite British Pakistani Christian Association to a discussion on impact of COVID-19 on the Pakistani Community and how City Hall can address this issue for your community as we develop responsive recovery plans post COVID 19. We would be delighted if your representative can join us and share y...

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Black men are being treated unfairly by London's police say's Youth Councillor on MOPAC Stop and Search Youth Reference Group.

Hannah Chowdhry an Essex and Redbridge Youth Councillor warns that black men are being treated unfairly by police stop and searches, as current police data reveals that searches of white and Asian men in London, has a higher yield of success.   The death of George Floyd, a 44-year-old Afro-American, while being arrested by Minneapolis Police was internationally condemned for the exhibited police brutality in videos, that were shared across social media. For 8 minutes and 46 seconds, a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, pressed his knee to the neck of Mr Floyd who was lying face-down and who was already handcuffed with his hands to...

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Former homeless people given furniture to fill empty rooms, as BACA reduces scale of homeless meals project while UK lockdown eases

British Asian Christian Association has begun to reduce its homeless provision in Redbridge since the announcement by the Government that the UK lockdown is easing. Already some people who had lost their jobs, as a result of the pressure of the pandemic, have begun to find work, which had reduced the number of visitors requiring our food.  Please watch the video below before you read on:   Whereas initially our morning collections had the larger attendance, we found that the numbers of visitors had reduced to around 15 people. With that in mind, and knowing that other homeless support establishments had begun to return to op...

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INSPIRATIONAL TEENAGER HANNAH HELPING HOMELESS AND VULNERABLE DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC RECEIVES ROTARY YOUNG CITIZEN AWARD

Image of Hannah Chowdhry serving food to financially hard up and homeless people, from the Prince of Wales Car Park in Ilford. 16-year-old Hannah Chowdhry cares passionately about making a difference to her community and during the Coronavirus Pandemic, she is on the frontline helping at a daily project to feed the homeless and vulnerable in Ilford, East London as the youngest volunteer for the British Asian Christian Association. Hannah interviewed on the BBC Hannah started volunteering at the Association’s food bank and “Meals for the homeless” project in January 2020, which included cooking meals for the rough sleepers, putt...

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BACA feed up to 65 people a day in Ilford and are helping NHS support those in self-isolation

The work of the British Asian Christian Association in Ilford has expanded to help a burgeoning number of needy people. We now provide a foodbank at 9am.  Alongside our foodbank we provide some hot meals prepared by Singh Sabha East London. We are also providing daily evening meals for the homeless and financially hard-up and are being helped by Rotary International who provide western meals five days a week, and from many local volunteers from a wide variety of faiths.  This includes Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus and atheists and is bolstered by regular evening meals by Singh Sabha East London.  Our foodbank is supported...

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After homeless man in London commits COVID-19 induced suicide; Christian charity calls for more focus on helping this vulnerable group

A Christian charity has called for stronger focus on helping the homeless cope with COVID-19, after an Ilford based homeless man named Pritham committed suicide on Thursday.   Pritham who had been attending a meals for the homeless project at British Asian Christian Association's headquarters took his life by jumping from a train, in what his friends have said was increasing depression over self-isolation and a lack of support services. The impact of the death was felt widely creating anguish amongst the homeless community and the charities that support them, many of whom new him well.   On Friday 3rd April, Pastor Andrew Willis, from High Road B...

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Though new to homeless help in Ilford, BACA takes a pivotal role during COVID-19

British Asian Christian Association has been planning and preparing for a 'Meals for the Homeless' project in Ilford for at least two years, but raising finance became an onerous task which caused delay. Our perseverance and belief that it was a calling from God has now been rewarded.  We now heading up three days of hot meals for the financially hard-up and homeless after a local Sikh Gurdwara, Singh Sabha London East based in Seven Kings, have offered the food they used to deliver themselves to us to distribute.  Moreover, Saint Peter's and Paul's Church on High Road Ilford who used to provide meals from the Cardinal Heenan are going ...

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Volunteer Hannah Chowdhry discovers how difficult it is to prepare for our regular work for the homeless

Hannah Chowdhry (16 yrs), our youngest regular volunteer for BACA was to have her GCSE's this year, however they have been postponed. On the day that she received notification that her GCSE exams were cancelled, she immediately decided to drop studying for her GCSE's and focused on her new A Level subjects instead, to gain some preparedness for when she joins her new school for sixth form. Bizarrely, her school only shared advice that she focuses on A level topics yesterday. Moreover they have only shared notes with students that help with the syllabus attached with their school. As Hannah is moving on to another school, she has had to do her own r...

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Our food bank continued operation during panic-buying thanks to generosity of local shops and schools.

British Asian Christian Association's local food bank in Ilford survived last week thanks to the generosity of a local bakers, who were forced to close down due to the pronouncement of a lockdown by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Daile Bakes who are based on Plashet Road, East Ham, have been providing unsold cakes, bread, blocks of butter and cookies for distribution to our regular homeless and financially hard-up visitors to Clements Wood Community Centre.   The small gift was a welcome respite to local residents struggling to make ends meet normally but under extreme financial pressure during the outbreak of COVID-19. J...

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Heaven isn’t closed and God isn’t self isolating!

Frightened people have been soul-searching and looking for answers to the threat of COVID-19 across the country.  However with Churches throughout Britain being asked not to hold services on Sunday, many citizens of the UK are left with the dilemma of not being able to go to the usual bastion of peace and hope that is a natural go to when seeking some divine inspiration. We spoke to several Pastors across the country to see what was on offer to their local communities and what help local churches were doing in response to COVID-19. Revd Paula Preston who is Acting Team Rector to he Parish of Chigwell and Chigwell Row and The Vale of R...

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