Community centre project for elderly residents and minority groups

The Mayor and Mayoress of Sunderland Coun's Robert and Juliana Heron, with members of Sunderland's Bangladeshi Community at the launch of two new projects aimed at the elderly and isolation and a BME Women of the World project.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Sunderland Coun's Robert and Juliana Heron, with members of Sunderland's Bangladeshi Community at the launch of two new projects aimed at the elderly and isolation and a BME Women of the World project.

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A COMMUNITY centre has launched projects aimed at elderly residents and black and minority groups on Wearside.

The Sunderland Bangladeshi Community Centre, in Hendon, is encouraging members of the public to take part in Future Years, which brings together older people living in isolation, and Women of the World (WOW), which examines the contribution of women from black and minority groups in the community.

The two groups meet regularly for talks and discussions at the venue in Tatham Street, where a launch event was held to celebrate the projects.

Centre manager Abu Shama said: “The launch was very successful, with over 120 attendees including the mayor and mayoress of Sunderland, representatives from the council, health authority, library, police authority. There were also a variety of community organisations and members of the community, including the Future Years participants and their families.”

Future Years has already kicked off a programme of activities, including IT training, while WOW holds a range of courses, social activities and community outings.

Gill Laverick, project manager of Future Years, said: “There are single gender sessions on offer and we are happy to welcome any community members over the age of 50 to our sessions.

“We are also looking for volunteers under 50 to come along to the sessions to offer interpreting and support.”
For more information, visit www.banglacentre.co.uk or call 564 0888.