Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Saheli brings local people together

Saheli women's group preparing card-making activity which
they will run together with Lancashire Adult Learning at their
Community Party on 9th July 2011, at
Lancaster Boys and Girls Club.
Saheli, a new local women's organisation, has organised a special free friendship event at Lancaster Boys and Girls club next Saturday (9th July) that aims to revive a tradition of summer street parties in Lancaster.

The event will offer plenty of interesting activities for young and old including face painting for younger children and table-tennis, pool and other games for younger people.  Dress up in a sari, have a beautiful henna design on your hand or write your name in Gujarati.

There will be live music by young bands and, of course, lots of delicious food. Plus, if it’s hot and sunny - and it looks like it will be - there will be a picnic outside in the Club's garden.

Organised by Saheli in partnership with the club, the event is being supported by a number of local organisations, businesses, individuals and a community grant from the Lancaster District Local Strategic Partnership.

Saheli, meaning friendship, is a newly formed women’s group which aims to bring together women of different faiths, cultures and backgrounds.

"I would like to get to know different kinds of women – young, old, women with children, Christian, Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Western women, Asian and others," explains one of its members, Mrs Zubeda Chandia.

Another member, Mrs Nasima Suleman, tells us she is interested in learning about the similarities and differences in women’s lives around the district.

Lancashire Adult Learning has been working together with the group to build skills and confidence and to promote positive community relationships.

"In one of the sessions, the women talked about bringing people together and the street parties they used to have 30 years ago," says Shanaz Patel from the organisation. "We decided we could develop the skills to organise one and it was great that Lancaster Boys and Girls club offered to work in with us.

"The club is a very special place. It provides a variety of activities for young people and helps build their confidence. This benefits all of us. Please come along on Saturday!"

• Saheli is at Lancaster Boys and Girls Club, Dallas Road, Lancaster - 1 - 4.00pm, Saturday 9th July 2011

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