The Newham Welfare Trust was established for the benefit of Bangladesh communities who live within the London Borough of Newham. It was established in 2002 and registered as a charity with the Charities Commission for England and Wales in August 2003. The main objective of NWT is to organise and deliver socio-cultural, advice concerning access to local
resources and welfare benefits for elderly & disabled people,
drop-in advice surgeries and advocacy/case work when appropriate and also to foster educational and religious activities. Our primary focus is to work with families, young people and the elderly community living in the area.
NWT also extends its overseas activities in Bangladesh and some other countries of the world where charity works are required. We also provide a diverse range of support services catering for individual needs.
The novel impetus for initiating the trust was in the assessment of the dilemma of local Bangladeshi people who are living in poverty, suffer discrimination and language barrier, developing them as a community and as individuals as the opportunities are also extremely limited. On course, NWT is addressing issues such as cultural tension, domestic abuse & violence of women, awareness of drug violence, providing education for underachieved children, providing basic literacy, numeracy and communication of new adult immigrants.
Besides providing support to the community, NWT also takes initiative to acknowledge individuals for their success, achievement and contribution. The rationale for initiating the NWT Community Awards 2011, second of its kind, was best illustrated by its objectives.
The assessment of Bangladeshi community’s achievement in Education, housing and participation in mainstream politics and above all commitment to community cohesion are not less significant compare to other BME communities in the UK.
A number of reports have demonstrated the facts that though the Bangladeshi community is struggling to achieve its anticipated goals in many fronts, they are making relentless effort to unite the community, encourage engaging in mainstream activities in order to advance education, enhance employability, social inclusion and improve community cohesion.
It was indeed a daunting task to select individuals from a large number of nominations. All nominated persons are equally important and deserve recognition one way or other but due to the means and ability of the organisation we cannot afford to award them all and only selected a limited number. However, we acknowledge and value the contributions of those who were not been selected for awards this year and hope they will be rewarded for their valuable contributions in the future occasions.
My heartiest congratulations to all the staff members for their efforts and dedication and special thanks to the user groups, executive committee members, well wishers and our fund raisers who worked hard over the past years to promote Newham Welfare Trust. My thanks also goes to all who have helped us in celebrating the Community Award 2011. Special thanks to Chief Selection Commissioner:
Mr Mahidur Rahman, Mr K M Abu Taher Choudhury, Councillor Khalil Kazi OBE, Councillor Ayesha Choudhury, Mr Farid Uddin Ahmed, Former Councillor Mr Azizur Rahman Khan and Mr Asiqur Rahman.
Children with Disabilities Mobility Aid Project (CDMAP)
Volunteers are the back-bone of our organisation, and continue to leave us all in awe every single day. At Islamic Relief, we know we would be nowhere without the energy, efforts and dedication of thousands of volunteers up and down the country who go out of their way to support our work. Our volunteers do a huge range of things to fundraise and spread the message about our work. Whether you’re interested in photography, running, baking or event planning, your skills are so valuable to us! Volunteers do a whole range of things from helping us in our offices to organising big-scale fundraising events, or organising bake sales, climbing mountains or writing articles.
We take the role of our volunteers seriously here at Newham Welfare Trust, and are keen to provide each volunteer with the opportunities most suited to them!
Capacity building is an essential element of the strengthening of any individual or organisation and the empowerment of staffs. This could be the development of an individual’s knowledge and skills or building national, or event international, capacity. There is huge demand for the community regeneration projects among the local Bangladeshi community. The needs of this project came through informal discussion, focus group and parents of the educational programmes and other users.
Training encourages people to greater involvement in the local community activities in a more structured way. This improves the ability for the management committee in order to expend the project activities and have access to funding opportunities. This project brings a better prospect to the members, users, staff and local community to engage and contribute to the local regeneration programmes.
List of training that NWT provides are as follows;
Emergency first air at work
Health and safety