Hamara healthy living centre: meeting community needs

Hamara healthy living centre is a vibrant community centre on Tempest Road in the heart of Beeston and is now reopen to the public following the Covid-19 pandemic, running a wide variety of sessions covering a large range of community needs.

Working within the community sector and now employing over 20 staff, Hamara currently delivers several different strands of work including: Health Promotion, Youth Activities, Older People’s Services, Saturday Supplementary School, Learning Disabilities, Education and Employment & Training Programmes.

These are all key facets of our work in strengthening and supporting our community.

Nizam runs a mens group for 55+ who enjoy activities such as walking, gardening, sports and woodworking, he provides support, advice and advocacy. Nizam also runs the “Talk English” groups to help people improve their English and build their confidence.

Aziza runs a womens group for 55+ and supports service users with English speaking, crafts, day trips, gentle exercises and spirituality, she too provides support, advice and advocacy.

There is also another group for older people called “Recycled teenagers”, this is a mixed group for anyone over the age of 60.

There is a wonderful youth project that runs three days a week with the aim of supporting our young people into different roles through advocacy and training, whilst also running youth clubs, youth diners and various sporting activities from the ages of 11- 18, and a parents & tots group every Wednesday for sensory and creative play
HALO is a member-led day service for adults with learning disabilities, running five days a week and supporting members to make independent choices and build upon life skills, employability skills and relationships, HALO enjoy day trips, creative sessions, sporting activities and gardening activities.

Hamara has a full time employment officer, Simona, who support service users with all aspects of employability, from CV writing, job search clubs and employability related workshops. Simona will also provide one to one support and interview preparation.

On a Saturday, we have our very own supplementary school for children aged five to eleven, this is currently being delivered online, however will be returning to the centre in September, for the new academic year.

Hamara is a digital health hub, providing digital access for the community, our staff are happy to support people to develop digital skills and access online services, whilst relaxing in our ‘Heritage café’ which provides fresh homecooked meals daily.

As well as our long standing, weekly groups and sessions we have some exciting events coming in the future.

You can join us at 6.30pm every Wednesday in the centre for a free hot homecooked meal cooked by foodcycle, no appointment necessary, just drop in!

For details about upcoming events and sessions, please drop in to the centre, visit our website www.hamara.org.uk, call us on (0113) 277 3330, email us on admin@hamara.co.uk or follow us on social media.


This post was written by Josie Binns

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