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We offer an advisory office, which runs Monday to Friday from 10am to 3pm. The advisory office supports the community with benefits, council tax, passport applications, pensions, bills etc. We also support those who are at risk of being made homeless to find accommodation.
In addition, we offer a healthy lifestyle program, which takes place fortnightly at a local restaurant. This program is offered to elderly members of the community and the aim is to support them to improve their physical wellbeing and their mental wellbeing.
Thirdly, we run a swimming program, which takes place every week on Saturday from 6-7pm. The swimming program is offered to families.
We also run the YCA health committee. This committee includes around 6 medical professionals who are qualified to give advice to the local community. The aim of the committee is to build a health profile for the Yemeni community, tackle health inequalities amongst the Yemeni population and deliver a series of health events promoting health promotion and disease prevention.
During the pandemic, we ran 4-5 webinars for the local community. We advised people on how they could protect themselves and we would translate government advice, so they were fully informed.
We also do a yearly trip for the community to places such as Barry Island and Dovedale and we organise a separate trip for elderly members of the community. Elderly members of the community may not get the opportunity to travel to places outside of Birmingham and they may feel lonely and isolated, which is why we provide them with the opportunity to travel and meet new people.
In the future, we also intend to run a youth club and a football team for young people. Activities included in the youth program involve football, art, camping, swimming, day trips and a clean my local park initiative. These activities aim to improve the wellbeing of young people, to develop their skills and to provide them with a safe environment, within which they can flourish.