Invitation to Lunch

Birketts, Ipswich

Today we were invited to attend a joint business charity lunch by the High Sheriff Mr George Vestey DL hosted at Birketts by Jonathan Agar, Chief Executive Officer of Birketts. The High Sheriff spoke of the importance of local businesses supporting the charity sector.

George Vestey at our offices

The High Sheriff at our offices last December

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

100 Inspirational Women in Suffolk

100 inspirational women in Suffolk

This is a list that Suffolk should be proud of – 100 women who are positive role models for future generations, women who have achieved success in a diverse range of fields from business, the arts, sport and education to the third sector.

The list was put together by a panel of judges this summer following nominations from East Anglian Daily Times readers.

From the 100

Shayra Begum, Bangladeshi Support Centre, Ipswich: Shayra, manager of Ipswich’s Bangladeshi Support Centre, came to England in 1975, aged six, from Bangladesh with her mother to join her father who had settled in Ipswich. Shayra, now mother to four grown-up children herself, has always lived in the town and says nowhere else compares. By the age of seven or eight she says she was already involved in helping the Bangladeshi community by interpreting at GP surgeries, hospitals, Inland Revenue, and the Benefits Office as only a handful spoke English at the time. Shayra says she has had various roles supporting the local Bangladeshi community and she has worked for the BSC since 2004 in various roles. BSC is a voluntary organisation supporting people of around 40 different nationalities. “I have worked on various projects over the years,” Shayra says, “as well as a general adviser providing advice, support and guidance on a whole range of issues including domestic violence issues, benefits, housing, and Immigration. I also deliver various training such as in cultural awareness to service providers.“I enjoy the challenges of event management and manage events for BSC such as the Suffolk Pita Festival and the One Big Multicultural Festival that brings in thousands of people from Suffolk and beyond to enjoy music and food from around the world, with an aim to create a better understanding between the diverse communities of Suffolk. “I am a trustee for the Disabled Advice Bureau and also volunteer for the Ipswich and Suffolk Muslim Council where I help to put on events to create better understanding of the Muslim faith and help out at its monthly Feed the Homeless project.”

EADT Article