I work for the Iraqi Welfare Association as the Fundraising Manager for the last 2 years. With my role, the Events Manager, Marketing Officer, and Director, our small team is able to serve the public through many activities and programs. On a daily basis, our services include legal and welfare advice assisting those in need. We also host fun family trips to build community spirit and strengthen the family bond, setting up English classes, and sports sessions for the youth, for both boys and girls. We believe as a charity that aims should be put in place to relieve poverty and improve the well-being among families within the BAME communities especially.
We have put many initiatives in place to serve the community - an example being during the initial stages of the Covid-19 Pandemic. The IWA was providing a free food delivery service to those in special category groups - we were delivering food by distributing over 2,500 bags of fresh food and vegetables to those in need of our aid. We were able to reach disabled, special needs and elderly people during such a difficult period and are proud to have supported over 4,500 families!
Description: The Iraqi Welfare Association and AMAFHH Investments Ltd have been feeding vulnerable people during the covid crisis. PIcture: IWA - Credit: Archant
Description: Ahmed is a volunteer from the Iraqi Welfare Association. Picture: Iraqi Welfare Association - Credit: Iraqi Welfare Association
We want to start a project that aids the community with its mental health, especially during the post lock-down period on young people. We are raising money to fund the salary of a part-time Community Outreach Worker and a Youth Sports Developer.
The role of the Community Outreach Worker is to act as a guide; by informing families and their children about their rights and options, and to be an intermediary between the client and government officials, social and mental health services. Additionally, they will also monitor and maintain records and outcomes of clients. This is especially needed as Covid and lock-down have dramatically increased family issues and caused a decline in mental well-being for individuals.
The role of the Youth Sports Developer is to organize and run various sports activities for children and teenagers. Young people are less likely to return to sports activities post lock-down than adults, according to research by the Sports and Recreation Alliance. This can have huge ramifications on their physical, social and emotional well-being. Therefore, this new role will facilitate sport activities which would help young people develop valuable athletic skills such as Martial arts, football, archery, canoeing, abseiling, nature walks, fencing etc. This allows for the opportunity to enhance or discover their talents, sports abilities, and adventure skills through fun and exciting activities and aid mental well being.
It is one of our main concerns as a charity that young people’s health and well-being is placed at the hearts of our efforts. This is because it would give an opportunity for them to feel that they are valued and cared for within the local community and that efforts are being put in place for their needs to met.
The roles of the new staff will work together holistically to make a difference in the health and well-being of young people in the community!