BSC Winter health event a great success!

Ipswich Star article

Bangladeshi Support Centre (BSC), an award-winning community organisation based in Ipswich, supported by Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG, organised a winter health awareness event on 29 January 2019 at Manor Ballroom, Ipswich which was a great success!

Winter Health Event

Around 150 people, men and women, of diverse background attended the event. Talks on how to stay healthy and well during the winter period was delivered by Dr Juno, a GP and member of Ipswich and Suffolk CCG, Mamun Alam, a Pharmacist from Woodbridge Road Pharmacy and Loai Mohmoud, a nutritionist and fitness instructor from Re-Shape, which specialises in fitness, health and wellbeing.

The purpose of the event was to raise awareness of health and wellbeing in the winter especially focusing on the most vulnerable including elderly people, children and those will pre-existing long-term health conditions.

Guests included Cllr Jane Riley, Mayor of Ipswich, Cllr Graham Newman, Mayor of Felixstowe and Suffolk County Councillor, Irene MacDonald, Lay Member of Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG, several community and faith leaders from across Ipswich and East Suffolk, in addition to BSC’s trustees, staff and volunteers. Stallholders at the event included Wellbeing Suffolk, One Life Suffolk, Suffolk Fire Service, Ipswich CAB Surviving Winter Funding Team, Suffolk Parent Carer Network, and other activities included Health Checks, Massage, Health Advice, Group Exercise, Healthy Options, Staying fit and active during winter.

Boshor Ali, Chair of BSC, said, “This is a wonderful event and it is so good to see people of diverse background here including Romanian, Polish, Middle Eastern, African and Asian. Big thanks to Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG and BSC staff and volunteers for making this event happen.”

For more info, please contact Shayra Begum on 01473 400081 / Mohammed Alam 07932 644466

Suffolk Pita Festival is a big success

2018 pita festival

Ipswich Star article

A cultural exhibition event, held at Suffolk New College from midday to 4pm on Sunday, with traditional delicacies available to sample.

The festival centres around a pita competition, with judges poring over the South Asian sweet and savoury snacks.

There was also traditional food and jewellery stalls, henna art, children’s entertainment, and the BSC’s educational awards which recognises the achievements of those who have supported the centre.

Mohammed Allam, joint BSC manager, said: “It was fantastic. We were slightly concerned that with a few other events and an England game, that people wouldn’t show up but we didn’t need to worry.

“It was buzzing, around 500 people came along to enjoy the event. We had information stalls, charity fundraising stalls and of course the pita competition.”

Launched 20 years ago by volunteers, the BSC strives to support people in the Bangladeshi and other black and minority ethnic (BME) communities in Suffolk and engage them in social, cultural, educational and recreational activities.

Mr Allam said: “Everything we do is about bringing the community together.

“It’s about learning about other people’s culture and treating each other with respect to build a cohesive community.

“That underlines everything we do.”

The organisation provides a number of capacity building programmes for local communities, a resource and learning centre and key referral advice agency. The BSC also works closely with statutory and voluntary organisation partners on projects related to health, education, employment, housing, welfare rights and crime.

The centre runs a homework club for students aged 11-18 at Northgate High School in term time as well as a sports club at Northgate Sports Centre for children and families to take part in activities.

Mr Allam added: “A lot of violence that you see is mainly to do with young people, who have nowhere to go.”

“One of the things we do is run clubs to support the young people and it’s about raising aspirations and educating them to do positive things in their community.”

Our photo gallery of the event

Pita Festival 2018

Our 7th Traditional Bangladeshi Cultural Exhibition will take place on Sunday 24 June 2018 from 12 noon until 4pm at Suffolk New College, Rope Walk, IP4 1LT.

Pita Festival 2018 - poster