Hamara mark year’s achievements at AGM

Hamara celebrated another successful year at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 23 February 2023. Hamara is a community anchor within Leeds and is working on a number of city wide projects within Leeds.

Hamara has supported over 100,000 beneficiaries since the start of Covid and continues to deliver life changing programmes including social prescribing, Older Peoples network, Day Opportunity service for adults with learning disabilities, youth provision and a Saturday school for primary school young persons to name a few. They also run a city wide cultural food hub supporting 36 smaller organisations, a food bank service and is proposing to become an infrastructure provider to smaller organisations within Leeds to support with finance, governance, fundraising and HR.

The Chair of Hamara, Cllr Mohammed Iqbal (Labour, Hunslet & Riverside) paid tribute to the late Chair, Mohammed Farouk and vowed to continue to help the communities of South Leeds. He also praised the staff team who have shown dedication and commitment to supporting the most vulnerable within South Leeds and beyond.

Hentons, who prepare and conduct a full statutory audit for Hamara, presented a very robust set of annual accounts and audit report for the year ending 31 March 2022.  Details can be found on the Charities Commission website.

The Interim Director, Raheem Mohammed spoke about the many different strands of work Hamara currently undertakes and provided an update on The Cockburn Centre development which has recently been sent out for a full competitive tendering exercise. For further information, please visit our website www.hamara.org.uk.

Raheem also spoke about renovations for Hamara’s gym and wellbeing hub, primarily funded by Sport England for the sum of £350k.  These works have started now and are due to be completed by the end of June 2023. The new plans include a 3-story lift to improve accessibility, a steam room, new changing facilities with showers and includes a Disability Sports Activator role for 1 year funded by Sport England. We are very excited about this project and can’t wait to open the doors to a newly refurbished gym for all the community.


This post was written by Josie Binns

Photo includes: Najeen Rasool (Operations Manager), Mamadi Fofana (Finance Officer), Arnie Sajad (Project Lead, The Cockburn Centre), Raheem Mohammed (Interim Director), Cllr Mohammed Iqbal (Chair of Hamara), Cllr Paul Wray (local Councillor).

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