UK’s oldest and leading Muslim Community shares Ramadhan through Virtual Iftar

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK is extending a warm invitation to the general public and media to view and participate in a series of five Virtual Big Iftar events to be held in the month of Ramadhan. The next event is being held on Saturday, 2nd May. The first event was held on Friday, April 25th.

Those interested should register their interest at:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-big-virtual-iftar-registration-102618797586?aff=eand

Ibrahim Ikhlaf, Director for Outreach & Public Affairs says: ” As proven by research there are many physical and mental health benefits of fasting. During these talks you can learn how fasting can strengthen your resilience in the current crisis, help with self-development, root causes of addictions and domestic abuse. Event participants will also have the opportunity to try our Fasting Challenge and join the live event to break the fast with the Muslim community.”

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Built the largest mosque in the UK, the Baitul Futuh Mosque as well as the first in London, the Fazal Mosque, in 1924.

Other content highlights include:

  • Government guidelines during this crisis – is obedience an attribute of loyalty?
  • Fasting and the battle against Covid-19 – a story of an NHS Intensive care Doctor
  • An online virtual tour of Western Europe’s biggest Mosque
  • British Muslims sharing their Vlogs about their fasting experience during lockdown
  • Practical tips on social distancing and self-isolation.

Further details can be obtained at http://www.bigvirtualiftar.co.uk

Book your FREE Tickets today! Battersea Charities Week

Have you ever wanted to get better at fundraising, recruit and retain volunteers, get your Board of Trustees working more effectively or tell your story more persuasively? Then attend the free events taking place across Battersea Charities Week. Get your free tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/battersea-charities-week-batterseatogether-tickets-62249589197 Book them now as places are limited!

Battersea Charities Week (24-29 June) is for anyone who works or volunteers for a charity, social enterprise, faith group or community organisation for the benefit of local people and the communities in Battersea. It’s a week at the end of June to celebrate the amazing work we all do, by strengthening our relationships with each other, sharing our skills and learning from one another. We hope it will build partnerships and raise the profile of charities and community groups working to rebuild the social fabric of the community in Battersea.

Battersea Charities Week has been organised and is being delivered by local community voluntary sector groups and individuals. Together we’re running a variety of fun and engaging activities, events and trainings, across 6 themed days (including partnerships, funding and volunteering), during 24-29th June 2019, at venues across Battersea, culminating in the Falcon Road Festival on Saturday 29th June

For FREE tickets to the events register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/battersea-charities-week-batterseatogether-tickets-62249589197

 

If you have any questions or thoughts then please do get in touch with us on batterseacharitiesweek@gmail.com

Real life ‘girl from Clapham’ releases feminist reworking of the Squeeze classic

I, Doris release debut single ‘The Girl From Clapham’ – a feminist reworking of Squeeze’s ‘Up the Junction’ – on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2019

Ever wondered what the story of Squeeze‘s classic ‘Up the Junction’ might look like from her point of view? London’s I, Doris are here to tell you.

The band are releasing, this Friday 8 March 2019 (fittingly, International Women’s Day) their debut single, ‘The Girl From Clapham’ – a loving, fuzzed-up tribute to the original song, with a poignant reminder that women’s experiences are all too often erased from history.

The new song lyrics were written by punk poet Janine Booth, and published in her brilliant anthology ‘Disaffected Middle Aged Women‘. Squeeze’s Chris Difford has given the new lyrics – and the I, Doris version of the song – his personal seal of approval. All profits from the sale of the track on Bandcamp are being donated to domestic violence charity Women’s Aid.

I, Doris are a self-proclaimed “kitchenpunk mummycore” band, consisting four 40-something women, dressed in dinnerlady-esque tabards, and answering to the name of Doris (that’s Doris on guitar, Doris on bass, Doris on drums, and Doris on – wait for it – keytar). Audience members are sworn in to the Doris collective with a group pledge at the start of each gig. Their live set is 60s girl-group style pop with lashings of fuzzy punk and plenty of good-humoured swipes at the patriarchy. At least, we think they’re good-humoured.

Bassist Doris (AKA Cassie Fox, previously of Guttfull and Thee Faction, and founder of the Loud Women festival) takes the lead vocals on ‘The Girl From Clapham’.

“I’ve always loved the song, and feel so honoured to get to sing this version” she says, “I am, legit, a girl from Clapham though. My childhood and teens were spent by/on Clapham Common, mostly trying to stay out of the way of my drunk and violent father. The song strikes a big power chord for me. That feeling at the end – of being trapped in a hopeless situation – it’s painfully familiar to a lot of people I’m sure, particularly women. This is the reason I was keen for the profits from the track to go to Women’s Aid.”

I, Doris are currently blazing a gloriously happy trail through the DIY gigs circuit, and beyond – they’ve played with Mekons in Leeds, the launch of Loud Women NYC in Brooklyn, they’re playing the Royal Albert Hall on 17 March, and Rebellion Festival on 2 August. Keep an eye on the I, Doris Facebook page for news of their continued adventures.
‘The Girl From Clapham’ by I, Doris is out 8 March 2019, available to download from Bandcamp for £1 or more, which will be donated to Women’s Aid.

 

I, Doris gigs coming up:
10 March – SheFest in Walthamstow
17 March – The Royal Albert Hall, with ILL, Nun Habit and Lilith Ai
11 May – The Hope and Anchor, Islington, with Miss Eaves
16 May – Paper Dress Vintage, with HAVVK, Charmpit and Scrounge
7 June – The Bird’s Nest, Deptford
14 June – The Finsbury, with CLT DRP
15 June – Sistafest in Oxfordshire
2 August – Rebellion Festival, Introducing Stage

Links:
I, Doris on Bandcamp – https://idoris.bandcamp.com/track/the-girl-from-clapham
I, Doris on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/IDoris/

New Classes from Magpie Dance

Magpie Dance have launched new inclusive contemporary dance classes with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD). Classes start this Friday and continue till the end of November. They’re a drop in basis so no booking is necessary.

Magpie Dance drop-in: Royal Academy of Dance
Weekly drop in class from 21 September – 30 November (excluding Friday 26 October for half term).
Location: Royal Academy of Dance, 36 Battersea Square, London, SW11 3RA
Places available
Day/Time: Fridays, 17:45 – 19:15

Suitable for: 16+ Adults both with and without learning disabilities

These sessions offer adults over 16, both with and without learning disabilities, the opportunity to develop skills in contemporary dance technique. Our unique and highly accessible inclusive dance methodology is about facilitating dancers to express their artistic voice.

For dancers with learning disabilities, the session offers the opportunity to develop their dance technique while supporting them to collaborate with dancers without learning disabilities; giving them greater scope and confidence to engage in mainstream programmes and activities.

Cost: £8 per session, £7 for Wandsworth residents. No booking necessary, pay as you go.

 

An Indian Abroad – Bread and Roses Theatre

What happens when a 19-year-old Indian student takes a gap year to Britain, in search of spiritual enlightenment?

Sacred places. Mythical structures with healing powers. Nando’s.
Stifled by his life in middle-class India, Krishnan is desperate to see more of the world. He takes a year out from his studies to visit the island of Great Britain.
Keen to seek out the locals, he wants to learn about life through their eyes.
What does Krishnan’s journey teach him about the world?
What might he learn about himself?

And what happens when he falls for one of the natives?

Sunday 23rd September at 7:30pm
Monday 24th September at 7:30pm
Tuesday 25th September at 7:30pm
Tickets: £10 | Concessions: £8
Running time: 60mins

Book now at https://www.breadandrosestheatre.co.uk/an-indian-abroad.html

“A generous and hilarious writer and performer with a keen eye for detail and impeccable comic timing. He has a big future ahead of him” – Nikesh Shukla, Editor of The Good Immigrant

“An exceptional young talent. A sharp eye for social observation, a keen wit and versatile tone. I am particularly impressed by his light candour on stage. Time and space are all we requires to become a much heralded success.” – Dr Edson Burton, Writer and Historian

Gymnastic Summer School: 13 – 17th August

Location: St Marys RC Primary School, Lockington Road, SW8 4BE

9am – 12pm, new places just released. You do not have to be a member of Precision to attend!
A week filled with skills routines, floor, bars, beam, vault, games and making friends.
There will be video analysis in the classes also which you are welcome to have for free at the end of the course and we have a display day on the Friday where you can see everything that we have done!

For more info and to book please see: http://www.precisiongymclub.com/

Learning Differently – How Dyslexic Entrepreneurs Achieve Success

Elizabeth Kwarteng-Amaning introducing the Dyslexic Entrepreneurs event

Aspire2inspire Dyslexia – the community interest dyslexic support organisation created by Elizabeth Kwarteng-Amaning with only £1.25 a few years ago is powering along. On Tuesday, as part of Wandsworth Enterprise Week, it hosted a trio of dyslexic entrepreneurs who showed how they had built businesses and careers, despite being thought failures at school.

All three felt that their “learning differently” approach allowed them to excel in areas that require creativity and “thinking outside the box.”

Charlotte Childs, who runs a marketing and design consultancy said, “I got thrown out of school. I think in pictures and patterns, so writing is very difficult for me.” She set up her own company after she got tired of the linear thinking of conventional businesses. When she was diagnosed in her thirties, her struggles made sense.

There is research that supports the idea that dyslexics can channel their frustrations, obstacles and original modes of thinking and problem solving into careers where these are recognised and rewarded. Obviously more dyslexics become creative professionals, artists, designers and film-makers, rather than lawyers: rule- and word-bound structures do not appeal to them.

L-R: Dale Smith, Leslie Lewis Walker, Charlotte Childs

Leslie Lewis Walker is a video-maker and musician. He did an interactive presentation, where he gave out Post-its with a couple of words on, and riffed off that for his talk. He initially got a job in the Home Office, where he could use his people skills to sort out emergency visas, which involved schmoozing Consular personnel, which he excelled at. He was promoted due to his fine performance, and found himself in a job where meetings and minute-taking were required, and he wasn’t able to deliver the right material. He got frustrated and “bungee-jumped” into film-making for businesses because he can deliver “thinking outside the box” to communicate ideas effectively.

Business development coach Dale Smith said, “We have been blessed by thinking differently.” As a schoolchild, he was sent to the “Special Needs” class. Fortunately the inspiring teacher did not see him and the other pupils as “stupid” but people who needed nurturing to find their strengths. After succeeding in various conventional jobs, Dale got frustrated with where he was, and started his own business Bridge Consulting, “To help people embrace the best version of themselves.”

Elizabeth Kwarteng-Amaning said, “The Successful Dyslexic Entrepreneurs event 2018 was a life-changing experience for our attendees. A2i Dyslexia can help the individuals to unlock their full potential by setting up their own enterprise.”

The event was rounded off with a networking session and some lovely food.

www.a2idyslexia.org.uk

Author: This article was written by Julian Jackson, Wandsworth Chamber of Commerce’s resident blogger and copywriter – https://julianj.journoportfolio.com

Photos by Julian Jackson

A2I Inspirational Dyslexia Speakers Event Report

Packed-out evening shows how people with dyslexia can use their abilities to have successful careers

The local community interest company Aspire 2 Inspire Dyslexia held a powerful event last week, drawing on the experiences of many dyslexic people who have conquered their affliction and made careers for themselves, with the intention of inspiring others. Some of the speakers thought that their dyslexia was almost an advantage – spurring them to use unconventional methods to mobilise their talents.

(L-R) Colin Fowler, Solomon Smith, Remi Ray; Photo: Julian Jackson

Soloman Smith is the founder of Brixton Soup Kitchen. When he was a schoolboy he recounted the hilarious tale of himself blagging a free coach trip to an amusement park for his schoolmates. Apparently the amusement park staff were quite stunned when the “Key Youth Worker” that Solomon pretended to be on the phone, was only 14!

The evening was organised by Elizabeth Kwarteng-Amaning, the founder of non-profit A2i dyslexia, who compered the many speakers. It was attended by the Mayor and the room was rammed to the rafters. Attendees enjoyed a lovely buffet in the interval, provided by the venue, Caius House.

Elizabeth Kwarteng-Amaning; Photo: Julian Jackson

Elizabeth Kwarteng-Amaning; Photo: Julian Jackson

Speakers were:

Colin Fowler Generate: Creates opportunities for people with learning difficulties

Solomon Smith Founder of Brixton Soup Kitchen

Remi Ray Hidden Creatives: Inspiring creative young people with dyslexia

Yves Newlove The Newlove experience motivational networker

Joanna Smith Personal Assistant for people with specific learning difficulties

Leslie Lewis-Walker Founder of Out of the Box Thinkers and Videographer

Adijat Mumunie Director of Begin2Sports group

Enrico Riva Assisted Technology Specialist

Dianne Greyson Equilibrium Mediation Consulting

Margaret Hurley Founder of Original Organics and Chef.

There was also a guest spot for Harry, a dyslexic young lad and his mum. Harry is taking on the challenge of a 5K run to raise funds for A2i.

Some of the panel had very difficult upbringings, where there dyslexia was undiagnosed. Although it seems that awareness of the issue is better nowadays, there is still a way to go. One speaker talked about getting to college, receiving an assistive computer, which came with a huge printed manual – so it stayed in its box, unused!

There was a very wide range of different careers that the speakers represented, from a technology specialist to an organic chef. Most of them recounted painful experiences when they were younger, of schoolteachers dismissing them a “lazy” or “stupid” instead of realising they had dyslexia. Many of the speakers chose to create their own businesses or enterprises, to avoid having to do conventional things like filling in forms. So it seemed that there is a spirit of entrepreneurialism in the dyslexia community. They were adept at finding niche markets where their unique skills would be in demand, and creating portfolios of different types of work so they could make their way in the world using the abilities they knew they had.

You can find our more about the programmes of help for dyslexic people on A2i’s website:

https://www.a2idyslexia.org.uk/

Author: This article was written by Julian Jackson, Wandsworth Chamber of Commerce’s resident blogger and copywriter – https://julianj.journoportfolio.com

 

 

Grand Sandwich

The energetic covers band Jam Sandwich will play a concert in memory of local man Ed Fisk at the Clapham Grand on the 16th of June. Featuring a set list of songs that should have something for everyone, it should be a great evening for anyone who loves music and enjoys a cracking night out. Bring your singing voices and dancing shoes!!

Doors open at 6pm.

Tickets are available here: https://www.designmynight.com/london/clubs/clapham/the-clapham-grand/grand-sandwich

Keep up to date with Jam Sandwich at www.facebook.com/jamsandwichband

Exciting Half-Day Course: Drive Your Business to the Next Level

Wandsworth Chamber of Commerce have partnered with highly-experienced business trainers Beverley Corson and Bryan Charter to create the Engineering Business Growth Club. Beverley says, “Do you want to look back on the next twelve months and be proud and astonished by the progress you and your business have made?”

The objective of the event on 21st April is to give business owners the opportunity to invest time to think and plan their way forward for the next year.

Owners can be too focussed on the moment and the ongoing demands of their business, and this is where you will look at the bigger goals.

Beverley says, “We believe you need to have a clear picture of where you’re going and then develop a strategy for getting there. This in turn will help you to make better decisions in the moment about what to invest in, where to focus your efforts and where to invest your time if you want to grow.”

The half-day workshop, is being held on 21st April at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Battersea.

During this workshop business leaders will:

Review their performance over the last year and extract the key lessons to feed into even better results over the year to come.

Learn strategies, processes and activities that are worth doing more of so they can build on them. Learn from past failures and analyse issues to identify solutions and avoid mistakes.

Clarify their vision for the next 12 months and what the next level is in their business.

“After attending this event me and my business partner were totally clear on how we needed to move forward and what to focus on next – we’d recommend it to any business wanting to grow!”, said Dom Thorpe, of Wireless Fitness Ltd after attending the previous session of this workshop earlier in the year.

The event takes place at: Crowne Plaza London
Battersea
Bridges Wharf Battersea
SW11 3BE London
Friday, 21 April 2017 from 09:00 to 12:00

Cost £25.00 inc VAT.

To book

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/launch-event-how-to-drive-your-business-to-the-next-level-tickets-32272162908

Businesses will also get an opportunity for ongoing development with the Engineering Business Growth Club. Both this event and the Business Growth Club are being delivered in partnership with Wandsworth Chamber of Commerce.

www.engineeringbusinessgrowth.com

Author: This article was written by Julian Jackson, Wandsworth Chamber of Commerce’s resident blogger and copywriter – www.julianjackson.co.uk https://julianj.journoportfolio.com