ProjectsWhat goes on at HCA

Asha Project

Funded by Bradford Council Day Opportunities Grant

The Asha Project works with women, over the age of 60, particularly from the South Asian Bangladeshi Community, ‘Asha’ means hope in Bangla. 

One of the main barriers to participation is language, followed by low confidence and self-esteem. Most of these women would be the first-generation women who came to the UK in the 1970s – 80s on visas as wives, who have never been employed, stayed at home and didn’t learn English, which resulted in isolation, mental health and loneliness from early on.   From consultation we found that unlike Pakistani women who had a degree of independence when their children were younger, within the Bangladeshi community the husband did most of the outdoor chores.  Through various circumstances most women stayed home, were less active and had increasing health concerns.  

Colourful Lives Project (older women)

Funded by Bradford Council Day Opportunities Grant

The Colourful Live Project works with women, over the age of 60, particularly from the South Asian Pakistani Community.

As with the Asha Project, most of these women would be the first-generation women who came to the UK in the 1970s – 80s on visas as wives, who have never been employed, stayed at home and didn’t learn English, which resulted in isolation, mental health and loneliness from early on.  Consultation showed that women had a degree of independence when their children were younger, taking them to school, mosque, shopping etc, however when their children got older (14-16 years) this independence went too and they started to stay at home more, therefore being less active and with increasing health concerns.

Eastern European Project

Funded by The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

The Eastern European Project seeks to reach out to people from the Eastern European communities who may have been in the UK for a while or just moved here.  The project aims to support people who may feel isolated and want to get out more, socialise, improve their English and skills. 

Play Rangers Project

Funded by BBC Children In Need

This is one of our longest running projects.  The project works with children aged 5 – 14 by providing after school and holiday activities.  With cuts to council children’s services this provision is greatly needed to give children opportunities to play, express, build skills and away from petty crime and vandalism.  Drug and anti-social behaviour also remains a sporadic problem in Keighley.  Through a range of activities such as craft, games, food and sport, we aim to provide positive influences and support them to improve their livelihoods and health, to empower them to move away from drugs, anti-social behaviour and become independent positive individuals.

Dekh Bhaal Project

Funded by Bradford Council day Opportunities Grant

The Dekh Bhaal Project works with men, over the age of 60, from the South Asian community, Dekh Bhaal means look after.

We have over the years done sporadic work with other partners but have not been able to offer a bespoke service to older men, now with our extension we have increased capacity to reach out to other groups.  There is a lack of provision for men resulting in them not integrating, keeping feelings and issues bottled up and are isolated.  The men have worked for most of their lives, were the main breadwinner but are now retired, spending most of their time at home.  Health concerns and mental health play a significant role as men generally don’t talk and feel they are not able to express themselves.

Colourful Lives Project

Funded by The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

The Colourful Lives Project works with women from the South Asian Community.  Women automatically felt designated to roles/responsibilities of being a wife/mother/grandmother, carer, chauffeur etc.  The project aims to support women from hard-to-reach, deprived areas, suffering from mental health and wellbeing and feeling isolated.  Through social activities, chances to improve their English (if required), training and skills we aim to improve their confidence and self-esteem. 

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