Our Work

Here is our work, alongside some of the events we attend
Celebratory Party for Our CEO

Celebratory Party for Our CEO

21/06/2022 - We held a private party at Himaya Haven to celebrate Razia's success in attaining an MBE. We celebrated with all of the professionals who have supported Razia and Himaya Haven consistently over the years.

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Special Announcement

Special Announcement

06/06/2022 - Himaya Haven are delighted to announce that our Founding Director and CEO has received recognition in the Queen's 2022 Birthday Honour's list, having received an MBE for Services to the Birmingham Community. Razia is the first British Muslim Female of...

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West Midlands Mental Health Star Awards 2022 Winners

West Midlands Mental Health Star Awards 2022 Winners

25/05/2022 - Himaya Haven are honoured to announce we are the winners of the Team/Service/Organisation Award for targeted support for communities in West Midlands Health Star Awards 2022. Congratulations to Zobia, our director for also being shortlisted under the...

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Birmingham Race Impact Summit 2022

Birmingham Race Impact Summit 2022

26/05/2022 - Himaya Haven attended Birmingham's first Race Impact Summit of 2022, where discussions around institutional racism were shared.  It is essential for us at Himaya Haven to be actively involved in change and constantly aware of the racism faced by the...

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Muslim Women’s Network Office Open Day

Muslim Women’s Network Office Open Day

18/05/2022 - The Himaya Haven team were invited to Muslim Women's Network new office open day. We also celebrated the success of Shaista who received the title of Baroness. Congratulations again!

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Anawim Open Day

Anawim Open Day

18/05/2022 - The team attended Anawim's open day event where we got to reintroduce our services and network.

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Black Thrive Birmingham Community Assembly

Black Thrive Birmingham Community Assembly

14/05/2022 - Himaya Haven attended the Black Thrive Birmingham Community Assembly and launch of the Black Thrive Birmingham chapter, organised by Catalyst 4 Change. The team had a great day at the event!

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Sparkling Sparkbrook Clean Up

Sparkling Sparkbrook Clean Up

10/05/2022 - The team at Sparkling Sparkbrook Clean Up! Organised by KIKIT Pathways to Recovery, Sparkbrook Business Association, West Midlands Police, Birmingham City Council, Himaya Haven and many other organisations. Watch Everyone in Action Here  

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Ramadan Prisoner Welfare Packs 2022 Donation Acknowledgment

Ramadan Prisoner Welfare Packs 2022 Donation Acknowledgment

05/04/2022 - As our Ramadan Prisoner Welfare Packs for this year have been completed. We would like to thank everyone that has donated and supported this project, particularly the Qadria Trust and their congregation who managed to raise an incredible £570. We are very...

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Attar Donation – Ramadan Prisoner Welfare Packs 2022

Attar Donation – Ramadan Prisoner Welfare Packs 2022

05/04/2022 - Through our donations for our Ramadan Prisoner Welfare Project 2022, we had purchased 200 attar bottles for prisoners in H.M.P/YOI Swinfen Hall. These were extremely well received last year and the most popular item amongst prisoners who received a...

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Coffee Morning

Coffee Morning

16/03/2022 - Our second coffee morning of the month! We had a visit from BBC Community Affairs Correspondent Adina Campbell to talk to us about institutional racism after the Governments' racial disparity Inclusive Britain action plan. Read the article here to see...

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GDPR Workshop

GDPR Workshop

10/03/2022 - Somia and Dualle had attended a workshop on GDPR ran by the ISE Hub in partnership with Gowling WLG

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Coffee Morning

Coffee Morning

09/03/2022 - We had a great time at our start up coffee morning at The GAP. We are running these every Wednesday from 10:30am - 12:30pm.

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International Women’s Day Event

International Women’s Day Event

08/03/2022 - Today we spent the day at ISE's International Women's Day event, engaging with other businesses and community members. We encouraged all those who visited our table to make a bracelet or necklace.

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Coffee Mornings

Coffee Mornings

02/03/2022 - We are starting up our coffee mornings again from the 9th March through to the 30th March. Coffee mornings will take place every Wednesday from 10:30am-12:30pm at The GAP, 498 Moseley Road, B12 9AH.

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Youth Forum Open Day

Youth Forum Open Day

01/03/2022 - Our CEO and Events Coordinator volunteer Adnan went to the West Midlands IOM team and The Muath Trust youth forum open day. 

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Meeting at Nechelles Police Station

Meeting at Nechelles Police Station

10/02/2022 - Razia and Somia representing Himaya Haven at a meeting at Nechelles police station to look at referral pathways so we can continue to support families who have a loved one in prison and custody in our target areas.

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New Furniture Complete

New Furniture Complete

07/02/2022 - Our new office furniture in full effect. We love how it looks and how much bigger it makes our office space! Thank you once again to The Clothworkers Foundation.

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New Furniture Coming Together

New Furniture Coming Together

06/02/2022 - A full day spent on the weekend fitting our furniture together - CEO perks! We are so excited to see our new look! Excellent staff teamwork the following day in the office tidying up and sorting the packaging to recycle.

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New Furniture!!!

New Furniture!!!

01/02/2022 - Thank you to The Clothworkers Foundation for funding us. We were able to purchase new furniture for our office. It is great knowing we now own our office furniture. Well done to our strong staff; Zobia, Adnan and Dualle for carrying all of the heavy boxes...

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Unity Fair

Unity Fair

31/01/2022 - The ISE Unity Fair is back on the 8th March 2022. It was previously cancelled due to an increase in the Covid variant of Omicron.

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BBC Radio WM Interview

BBC Radio WM Interview

26/01/2022 - Our Directors Razia and Zobia were invited onto BBC Radio WM to discuss Himaya Haven's new prison project; Heritage Behind Closed Doors, which is funded by the Heritage Lottery. This project will look at the history behind H.M.P & YOI Swinfen Hall. To...

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Suicide Prevention Plus Training

Suicide Prevention Plus Training

11/01/2022 - The Himaya Haven team attended the second part of suicide prevention training - suicide prevention plus training. We are looking forward to part 3 which will see us and others at the training come together with Common Unity and The Waiting Room to develop...

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KikIt Visit

KikIt Visit

10/01/2022 - We had a lovely visit from KikIt CEO Ashfaq to discuss future collaborative work .

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End of Year Dinner

End of Year Dinner

24/12/2021 - We have had an incredible year at Himaya Haven, whilst achieving so much, and continuing to help our clients/families through another year (impacted by Covid). We celebrated the end of the year with a dinner for staff, directors and volunteers....

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Donation for Christmas Presents

Donation for Christmas Presents

23/12/2021 - Thank you for funding from Arnold Clark Community Fund that made it possible for us to work in collaboration with Homeless Support UK and support a wide range of children who are struggling with Christmas Presents. Their smiles says it all!

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CJS Entrepreneur Award – New Leaf

CJS Entrepreneur Award – New Leaf

16/12/2021 - Congratulations to our CEO Razia for winning the New Leaf Criminal Justice Entrepreneur Award 2021. This award recognises individuals who have changed their own lives and developed services to support others.  

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Computers for our Community

Computers for our Community

16/12/2021 - Thank you to Birmingham City Council for these computers which are very much appreciated by our families. Digital poverty has been a significant hurdle and barrier for many, especially since the emergency of covid-19 & the closing of spaces like...

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WMP Visit

WMP Visit

13/12/2021 - We had a visit from West Midlands Police officers in our local area, where we discussed our new projects in the new year.

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Unity Fair

Unity Fair

10/12/2021 - Himaya Haven attended the Unity Fair by the ISE Women's Enterprise Hub.

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Criminal Justice Alliance Award 2021

Criminal Justice Alliance Award 2021

30/11/2021 - Well done to our CEO Razia for achieving runner-up in the Criminal Justice Alliance Outstanding Individual Award!! It is a great achievement to be recognised by industry professionals for all of your hard work.

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Mentoring Session 11

Mentoring Session 11

16/11/2021 - Our final session of mentoring, providing emotional support and a safe space for a teenage girl to process the anniversary of her grandfathers death.

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Mentoring Session 10

Mentoring Session 10

09/11/2021 -  Our 10th mentoring session this week providing emotional support and advice on techniques to deal with conflict. The session was via WhatsApp video.

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Suicide Prevention Training

Suicide Prevention Training

09/11/2021 - Today the team at Himaya Haven attended a Suicide Prevention Training carried out by Common Unity and Forward 4 Life. This was a refresher for two of our Directors who had previously completed it, and a new training for our other Director and outreach...

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Mentoring Session

Mentoring Session

25/10/2021 - 8th mentoring session for another young girl we are supporting, providing support on her personal statement and how to maintain a work/life balance.

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Himaya Haven Coffee Morning 2

Himaya Haven Coffee Morning 2

25/10/2021 -  A morning filled with laughter whilst learning sign language due to the skills of one of the members of the community in attendance. We also learnt some relaxation techniques as well as gaining a volunteer as well.

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Mentoring Session 9

Mentoring Session 9

19/10/2021 -  WhatsApp video mentoring session providing emotional and practical support to one of the young girls we are supporting. A safe space for her to think through her feelings.

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Himaya Haven Coffee Mornings

Himaya Haven Coffee Mornings

14/10/2021 - We are starting up a coffee morning session for ladies every Monday for 6 weeks from 11:30am - 1pm, starting on the 18th October 2021.

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Ghamkol Sharif Meeting

Ghamkol Sharif Meeting

13/10/2021 - A private meeting with CEO of Ghamkol Sharif and Himaya Haven to discuss partnership work in the near future.

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B.I.G Mental Health Event

B.I.G Mental Health Event

8/10/2021 - We were invited to the B.I.G Community Mental Health Event for World Mental Health Day 2021. We had a great time networking with other organisations and enjoying live performances.

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Mentoring Session 7

Mentoring Session 7

30/09/2021 - Mentoring session with a college student we are supporting to complete a personal statement for her university application thus, helping her to develop her writing and editing skills.

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Book Chapter Meeting

Book Chapter Meeting

28/09/2021 - A virtual meeting (via Google Meets) with Natalie Booth who is an editor of the book we are writing a chapter for. This meeting was to go through edits and any main last changes. 

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Mentoring Session 8

Mentoring Session 8

23/09/2021 - Three sessions of mentoring carried out today at Ark Victoria Academy, providing both emotional and practical support.

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Birmingham East Muslim Faith Forum Agenda

Birmingham East Muslim Faith Forum Agenda

22/09/2021 - A useful discussion surrounding issues facing our communities with introductions to other community organisations and members, and the terms of reference focusing on youth, crime etc. This was beneficial for Himaya Haven as we were able to extend our...

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Introduction Meeting with Pak Pashtoon Association UK

Introduction Meeting with Pak Pashtoon Association UK

21/09/2021 - We attended a private introductory meeting with Pak Pashtoon Association UK at their premises. This was a networking opportunity for us to engage with another community organisation, raise awareness of what we do and also learn about what Pak...

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Stronger Voice – Introduction to Reframing Zoom Event

Stronger Voice – Introduction to Reframing Zoom Event

21/09/2021 - Part 1 of Stronger Voice's introduction to reframing zoom event focused on reframing how we communicate about those involved in the criminal justice system to those outside the field, by using simplified language. It also discussed societal attitudes...

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Outreach Engagement

Outreach Engagement

20/09/2021 - Outreach engagement at a women's coffee morning where our leaflets were handed out and an introduction to Himaya Haven was made. The women were mainly from Arab and Yemeni descent. We had three self-referrals for housing which we will refer to appropriate...

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Mentoring Session 7

Mentoring Session 7

16/09/2021 - Mentoring session 7 continued for the two primary aged children and one secondary aged. In total 3 sessions were conducted today..

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Mentoring Session 6

Mentoring Session 6

14/09/2021 - Mentoring session with a 16 year old girl we are supporting. The session consisted of helping her to write a personal statement and learning the skills and techniques to edit this and to highlight her skills and values.

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Mentoring Session 6

Mentoring Session 6

09/09/2021 - Our sixth session of mentoring support for a secondary age student who is now preparing for her GCSE's. Again this was conducted at Ark Victoria Academy. 

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Mentoring Session 6

Mentoring Session 6

09/09/2021 - Follow up mentoring session 6 for two primary age children we are supporting. Now that schools have reopened after the Summer break, these sessions took place at Ark Victoria Academy.

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Women Empowering Women – Book Launch

Women Empowering Women – Book Launch

31/08/2021 - We attended the launch of the book Daughters of Birmingham which highlights the struggles South Asian women in Birmingham have faced. It was our first local community event post Covid, and it felt great to be attending them again.

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KFC Foundation – Decision Makers Pilot

KFC Foundation – Decision Makers Pilot

26/08/2021 - Himaya Haven participated in a short pilot programme for KFC Foundation. This required 3-6 young people aged 11-25 to partake in evaluating 6 project applications submitted to KFC. We had 4 young people volunteering their time with us to help in the...

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Volunteer Appreciation Post

Volunteer Appreciation Post

24/08/2021 - Today we say goodbye to our wonderful volunteer Paris Noel from Birmingham City University. She has been a fab addition to the team, and will be missed. Thank you Paris for all of your hard work and enthusiasm across the past 3 months. It has been a...

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Client Support

Client Support

23/08/2021 - Himaya Haven were in attendance of a conference call, in support of one of our clients.

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Mentoring Session 5

Mentoring Session 5

17/08/2021 - A session of mentoring for a 16 year old we are supporting. She was given help with her CV, cover letter and future planning.

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Client Home Visit

Client Home Visit

12/08/2021 - We are glad to be safely returning back to a crucial part of Himaya Haven's work which is home visits. Our first visit back was to support a self-referred client. 

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Mentoring Session 3

Mentoring Session 3

02/08/2021 - Our third session of mentoring for a family of 5  This was carried out at our office due to the closure of schools for summer holidays. .

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H.M.P Swinfen Hall Eid Lunch

H.M.P Swinfen Hall Eid Lunch

14/07/2021 - Some members of the Himaya Haven team were invited to H.M.P Swinfen Hall to attend their Eid-Ul-Adha lunch alongside staff, prison governors and other professionals within the Criminal Justice System. This was also an opportunity to celebrate Equality,...

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Meeting at Bourneville Police Station

Meeting at Bourneville Police Station

09/06/2021 - A collaborative meeting with Chief Inspector Imran Mirza and DCI John Askew to discuss how we can help support young people at risk of crime and anti-social behaviour.  

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All Ways Network Workshop

All Ways Network Workshop

26/05/2021 - A workshop held by All Ways Network about how to apply for Cloth Works funding. Very informative and a great workshop.

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Book Donation to TAW Society

Book Donation to TAW Society

18/05/2021 - Himaya Haven's second book donation to Sally from the TAW Society book project that aims to facilitate reading and creating book boxes across the community. 

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Eid Mubarak

Eid Mubarak

13/05/2021 - Himaya Haven wishes everyone a joyful and blesssed Eid Mubarak!

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Ramadan Food Hampers

Ramadan Food Hampers

04/05/2021 - We also had our second collection from Roshni for our Ramadan food hampers for their clients. Glad to provide support for those in need.

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Ramadan Food Hampers

Ramadan Food Hampers

04/05/2021 - We had donated a few of our Ramadan food hampers to support families in need via Sisters Care Project.

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Roundtable Discussion

Roundtable Discussion

04/05/2021 - Himaya Haven's CEO took part in an engaging and thoughtful roundtable discussion with the leadership team at @BWC_NHS and a groups community activists from across Birmingham.

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Ramadan Food Hampers Delivery

Ramadan Food Hampers Delivery

29/04/2021 - Today our CEO spent her day delivering our Ramadan Food Hampers to our families. Staff from Roshni had also collected hampers from us that we had donated to their clients.  

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Racial Inequality in Covid Recovery Webinar

Racial Inequality in Covid Recovery Webinar

28/04/2021 - A webinar on Collaboratives on Addressing Racial Inequality in Covid Recovery. A great discussion in the breakout rooms where our CEO mentioned prisons and prisoners who were overlooked during the Covid crisis.

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Ramadan Prisoner Welfare Packs – Final Pick Up.

Ramadan Prisoner Welfare Packs – Final Pick Up.

22/04/2021 - Today is the final of our Ramadan Prisoner Welfare Packs project. 3 months of hard work has paid off. Well done to the Himaya Haven staff, those who sponsored, donated, fundraised and volunteered their time to support us on this meaningful project. We can...

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Ramadan Food Hampers for Families – ASDA Funding

Ramadan Food Hampers for Families – ASDA Funding

20/04/2021 - Himaya Haven is go go go this month! We have been successful in securing funding from ASDA to create 30 Ramadan food hampers for our families. Today we spent the day picking up the food, loading into the office and sorting out each individual hamper....

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Ramadan Prisoner Welfare Packs – Eid Cards

Ramadan Prisoner Welfare Packs – Eid Cards

16/04/2021 - Today we received our Eid cards that are another addition to our Ramadan Prisoner Welfare Packs. They were designed by our Director Zobia, sponsored by members of Al-Imdaad Foundation, and printed by Light on Light Media. Another example of the great...

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Ramadan Prisoner Welfare Packs – Zikr Books

Ramadan Prisoner Welfare Packs – Zikr Books

15/04/2021 - Today we received our Daily Prayers and Zikr books as part of our Ramadan Prisoner Welfare Packs. These were sponsored by Al-Imdaad Foundation, and designed, printed and binded by Light on Light Media. Both organisations are from Blackburn and supported...

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Ramadan Prisoner Welfare Packs – Delivery 5,6 & 7

Ramadan Prisoner Welfare Packs – Delivery 5,6 & 7

08/04/2021 - Our largest delivery of the Ramadan Prisoner Welfare Packs. This delivery was for H.M.P Oakwood, H.MP & YOI Brinsford, and H.M.P Stafford. We were assisted by the Deputy Lieutenant of the West Midlands, who volunteered his time to support us in the...

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Ramadan Prisoner Welfare Packs Preparation for Delivery

Ramadan Prisoner Welfare Packs Preparation for Delivery

01/04/2021 - The team at Himaya Haven were very busy today preparing all items for delivery to each individual prison for the Ramadan Prisoner Welfare Project. These include but not limited to; prayer mats, Qurans, Islamic literature, attar bottles etc. Qurans and...

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Donation for Ramadan Prisoner Welfare Pack

Donation for Ramadan Prisoner Welfare Pack

30/03/21 - We have received another donation of numerous prayer mats from the same young lady who had previously donated prayer mats just 2 weeks ago. She and her family and friends had come together to purchase these, with some more yet to come by the end of this...

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Ramadan Welfare Packs – Female Items

Ramadan Welfare Packs – Female Items

08/03/21 - A big thank you to our sponsor Muslim Women's Network UK for sponsoring all of the items for the female prisoners in H.M.P Drakehall. So far we have purchased hijabs, prayer mats and abayas/long dresses for them. The images show a few of what we have...

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Digital Training

Digital Training

04/03/21 - Our CEO has undertaken digital training to enhance her skills to help better profile Himaya Haven. 

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University Meeting – Placements and Research Session 2

University Meeting – Placements and Research Session 2

23/02/21 - Himaya Haven had a second meeting with Kushminder Chahal (Senior Research Fellow & Project Lead for Birmingham 2029) from Birmingham City University to discuss the possibility of placements for university students with us, and a collaboration in...

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Catalyst 4 Change CIC Meeting

Catalyst 4 Change CIC Meeting

22/02/21 - Himaya Haven had a meeting with Catalyst 4 Change to discuss collaborative future group work regarding a programme to support released prisoners.

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Client Court Assist

Client Court Assist

16/02/21 - Himaya Haven attended Magistrates Youth Court to assist our clients son, where his case has been sent for trial. We will be supporting him through his trial.

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University Meeting – Placements and Research

University Meeting – Placements and Research

15/02/21 - Himaya Haven had a meeting with Kushminder Chahal (Senior Research Fellow & Project Lead for Birmingham 2029) from Birmingham City University to discuss the possibility of placements for university students with us, and a collaboration in ethnographic...

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Ramadan Prisoner Welfare Packs

Ramadan Prisoner Welfare Packs

12/02/21 - Himaya Haven's latest project is to create prisoner welfare packs this Ramadan for Muslim prisoners across West Midland's prisons. Please join us in raising donations. See poster for further details.

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HH Youth Engagement & Mentor

HH Youth Engagement & Mentor

27/01/2021 - We would like to welcome our latest member of the team, Ismael Ali who has joined voluntarily as a mentor and youth engagement worker.

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Safeguarding and GDPR Training

Safeguarding and GDPR Training

23/01/2021 - The team at Himaya Haven successfully completed Safeguarding and GDPR training delivered by Michelle Kelly from A Fathers Child Services CIC.

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Christmas Hamper Delivery Day

Christmas Hamper Delivery Day

24/12/2020 - Himaya Haven's team packed and delivered 35 food hampers to our families and some community members in need. Deliveries started in the morning and finished at 6-7pm, in the pouring rain, across Birmingham! Our boxes were individually hand-wrapped in...

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Sweet Treat Donation

Sweet Treat Donation

16/12/2020 - We received a lovely donation of chocolate selections to add into our hampers that we will be gifting to our families this Christmas. Thank you to the generous lady who donated this to Himaya Haven who would like to stay anonymous. We really appreciate...

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Youth Support – School Meeting

Youth Support – School Meeting

15/12/2020 - Razia had attended a school meeting to support a child and client with translation and helping to get him back in to school/education to help him to improve his life.  

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Kals Community Project Documentary Collaboration

Kals Community Project Documentary Collaboration

09/12/2020 - Kals Community Project have approached Himaya Haven to collaborate with them on their documentary project surrounding the topic of gang violence and affiliation. The video will include experiences of frontline community workers, (ex) gang members, and...

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Learning in Action Groups – Covid19 Fund

Learning in Action Groups – Covid19 Fund

07/12/2020 - Our outreach worker Somia has joined a Learning in Action group of 40 members, through the Learning Hub. This group allows for members to come together on a specific theme to share and discuss issues and solutions in more depth and provides support as we...

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Christmas Hamper Donations

Christmas Hamper Donations

07/12/2020 - Himaya Haven is asking for donations so that we can provide 35 families with healthy food hampers this Christmas, and where possible some toys for the children. As we know this year has been incredibly difficult for all of us, facing hardship in a way...

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Himaya Haven Chit Chat – Session 3

Himaya Haven Chit Chat – Session 3

30/11/2020 - Our third virtual session ran from 11am - 11:54am with five people in attendance. Participants discussed shared experiences and offered support and advice to one another on finding work. We are seeing our clients befriending one another which is exactly...

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Criminal Justice Roundtable Discussion

Criminal Justice Roundtable Discussion

26/11/2020 - Himaya Haven joined the Criminal Justice Roundtable discussion online. This was a lively and much needed critical discussion on issues that can not be ignored for prisoners or society.

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Toys Donated by HH

Toys Donated by HH

25/11/2020 - We have donated our toys and educational resources collected, to the foodbank that operates in our building the Women's Enterprise Hub. We also distributed our leaflets in each individual bag of food to let further people know about our organisation. 

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Himaya Haven Chit Chat – Session 2

Himaya Haven Chit Chat – Session 2

23/11/2020 - Our second virtual session ran from 11am - 11:45am with five attendees in total. A few women in the WhatsApp Group Chat are starting to talk to each other and share their struggles and thoughts. There is a sense of solidarity and support emerging, which...

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Islamophobia Research – Uni of Bham

Islamophobia Research – Uni of Bham

23/11/2020 - The University of Birmingham are looking for Muslim women who have experienced Islamophobia and hate crimes, for a research project. If you fit this category please contact the email on the poster.

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Big Feed Project Birmingham Free Food

Big Feed Project Birmingham Free Food

17/11/2020 - We believe everyone in our city should have access to nutritious, tasty cooked meals. The Big Feed Project is offering free cooked meals to collect from its community cafes across Birmingham.  

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Himaya Haven Chit Chat

Himaya Haven Chit Chat

11/11/2020 - We are creating a virtual coffee morning for our clients - Himaya Haven Chit Chat, to provide a space for them to communicate and confide in others going through similar experiences and aid in mental health and wellbeing as we progress through the second...

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Behind the Scenes!

Behind the Scenes!

11/11/2020 - A quick look at the BTS of our team at Himaya Haven hard at work - continuing our support to the silent victims on the outside during the Covid19 Crisis. Via Phone and virtual platforms. Smiles are what gets us through 🙂

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Collaboration with Kals Community Project

Collaboration with Kals Community Project

4/11/2020 - We had a meeting in our office with Khalid from Kals Community Project. We are looking forward to working in collaboration, supporting our young people on preventing a life of crime and antisocial behavior. 

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Book Chapter Collaboration

Book Chapter Collaboration

3/11/2020 - Himaya Haven have been asked to contribute a written chapter to an edited book by Dr Natalie Booth from the University of Bath. Sharing our experiences, findings and reflections from working on the frontlines supporting families who have or had loved ones...

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Money Management Debt Advice

Money Management Debt Advice

02/11/2020 - The Women's Enterprise and Community Hub in partnership with Your Money Your Way CIC are providing supportive one-to-one sessions advice sessions for those who have financial/debt worries.

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Care Package Donations

Care Package Donations

02/11/2020 - We are looking for donations so that we can continue to build care packages for families within the community, as we go into a second lockdown, helping to support their mental health and wellbeing and reminding them that they are not alone which is key.

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Important Information for Families!

Important Information for Families!

02/11/2020 - From the 2nd November money will need to be sent to those in prison via debitcard and can no longer be sent via bank transfer, pre-paid debit card, cash, cheques or postal orders. If there are any of our families or people you know who may need help to...

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New Leaf Initiative CIC Collaboration

New Leaf Initiative CIC Collaboration

23/10/2020 - New Leaf Initiative CIC asked Himaya Haven to collaborate with them by translating the front and back of informational leaflets for H.M.P Birmingham's visitor counsel service in three different languages - Romanian, Hindi and Urdu.  

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Neema Women Coffee Morning

Neema Women Coffee Morning

23/10/2020 - We attended Neema Women's coffee morning where we enjoyed a French breakfast and handed out some of our leaflets to the women in attendance. Neema Women provide a coffee morning service for ladies to attend every Friday, in the Women's Enterprise Hub....

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Mentoring Packs

Mentoring Packs

24/07/2020 - Our extra support packs given through our mentoring programme to support our families who have been referred to us by schools & Childrens Trust.

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Project and Office Launch

Project and Office Launch

23/07/2020 - We will be launching our report 'Who Cares, You Care", hosting our AGM, and revealing our brand new office on the 13th August 2020. Social distancing rules will be applied to ensure safety for our guests. Attendees will be designated a time slot to ensure...

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NEW OFFICE!!

NEW OFFICE!!

07/05/2020 - We are so excited to announce we have secured our new office space in Women's Enterprise Hub, 249 Ladypool Road, Sparkbrook, Birmingham, B12 8LF. We are moved in and are back to work W/C 8th June 2020. We have appointed a new member of staff for the role...

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Community Fund Success

Community Fund Success

30/01/2020 - Himaya Haven has been successful in receiving funding from the Community Fund to support us for the next five years. We are ready to witness our growth with the help of this funding. 

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Conway Primary School Coffee Morning

Conway Primary School Coffee Morning

30/01/2020 - Himaya Haven was invited into Conway Primary School's coffee morning to deliver a talk to the parents of children on how to safeguard their children from knife attacks/crime; after concerns for their children and their own safety due to Grantham road...

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Bordesley Green Girls School Deliverance

Bordesley Green Girls School Deliverance

28/01/2020 - We attended Bordesley Green Girls School Enrichment Day yesterday through Aspire4U. We delivered our project information to at least 360 girls and staff. A really positive day lots of questions were asked from the students, very engaging and showed a lot...

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Level 2 Prison Work

Level 2 Prison Work

18/12/2019 - Our Senior Managing Director had received her Prison Link Level 2 Award for Prison Work at Lloyds House. The first person to achieve the Level 2 Award.

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Mind the Trap – Small Heath Leadership Academy

Mind the Trap – Small Heath Leadership Academy

17/12/2019 - Our second delivery of Mind the Trap workshop at Small Heath Leadership Academy, with over 250 children in attendance. Facilitated by Raymond Douglas. The children were fully engaged and well behaved, doing their school proud.   

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H.M.P Brinsford Christmas Family Day

H.M.P Brinsford Christmas Family Day

11/12/2019 - HH were lucky enough to be invited in to H.M.P Brinsford to join staff and families at their Family Day visit. It was lovely to see the look on the children's faces when they saw Santa and his elves come in and give them their gifts.

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Mind the Trap – Waverley Studio College

Mind the Trap – Waverley Studio College

09/12/2019 - Himaya Haven's programme of MIND THE TRAP workshop delivered by Raymond Douglas at Waverley Studio College to 2 groups with Year 10,11 and 6th Formers (Over 100 students). Topics covered included Safeguarding, keeping safe, challenging mindsets around...

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H.M.P Birmingham Outreach

H.M.P Birmingham Outreach

05/12/2019 - Monthly outreach work at H.M.P Birmingham where we engaged with 36 visitors, of which there were 22 females, 7 males and 7 children.

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H.M.P Featherstone Outreach

H.M.P Featherstone Outreach

28/11/2019 - Monthly outreach at H.M.P Featherstone where we engaged with 14 visitors of which, 8 were female, 2 were males, and 4 children. We gave children some early christmas gifts that were donated to us.

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H.M.P Brinsford Outreach

H.M.P Brinsford Outreach

26/11/2019 - Monthly outreach work at H.M.P Brinsford where we engaged with 30 visitors, of which 21 were female, 8 males and 1 child.  

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Bahu Trust – Faith Against Violence

Bahu Trust – Faith Against Violence

25/11/2019 - HH attended the launch of Bahu Trust's 2 videos on Faith Against Violence. Very powerful and emotional videos. Knife Crime Affects Everyone - https://youtu.be/5_cHjfnRWmI Domestic Abuse - https://youtu.be/J1L6Ql5c_fE

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Client Support

Client Support

19/11/2019 - HH were supporting a client whose partner was in prison, had immigration issues and was struggling to make ends meet. She received indefinite stay and we were able to donate food with the help of Odara, and communicate due to language barriers with the...

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Christmas Donation Call

Christmas Donation Call

15/11/2019 - Following on from last years donations of christmas presents, HH wanted to do the same again this year round; collecting for H.M.P Birmingham, Featherstone and Brinsford.

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H.M.P Birmingham Outreach

H.M.P Birmingham Outreach

08/11/2019 - Outreach in H.M.P Birmingham on their open day where we engaged with 16 visitors, of which 10 were female and 6 were male.

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Shuttle Bus for Visitors

Shuttle Bus for Visitors

31/10/2019 - On our outreach visit in H.M.P Featherstone we were made aware of the updates to the Shuttle Bus Service for visitors. Families really struggle with cost of visits. If you are visiting Featherstone, Brinsford or Oakwood. Use the Shuttle bus. From the...

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H.M.P Featherstone Outreach

H.M.P Featherstone Outreach

31/10/2019 - Outreach work at H.M.P Featherstone where we engaged with 31 visitors, of which 12 were female, 13 males and 6 children. On this same day we went to visit a client from Brinsford, where we engaged with 8 visitors, of which 6 were female, 1 male and 1...

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H.M.P Brinsford Outreach

H.M.P Brinsford Outreach

29/10/2019 - Outreach work at H.M.P. Brinsford where we engaged with 23 visitors, of which 18 were female, 3 males and 2 children.

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H.M.P Birmingham Outreach

H.M.P Birmingham Outreach

03/10/2019 - Our monthly outreach in H.M.P Birmingham where we engaged with 18 visitors, of which 9 were female, 7 males, and 2 children.

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Director Achievement – Zobia

Director Achievement – Zobia

18/09/2019 - Congratulations to our Director Zobia, who has graduated from the University of Wolverhampton with a Degree of Bachelor of Science with Honours First Class in Psychology.

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Oakwood Prison Donations

Oakwood Prison Donations

20/08/2019 - Himaya Haven delivered donations of hand creams, shampoos, vests, thermals, jumpers and boxers, for the residents at Oakwood as a starter pack when they leave the prison. 

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Outreach in H.M.P & Y.O.I Brinsford

Outreach in H.M.P & Y.O.I Brinsford

20/08/2019 - Outreach work in Brinsford where we handed out leaflets and made visitors aware of our services. We engaged with 27 visitors of which, 15 were female, 6 males and 6 children. In today's visit, we recognised one of our clients from up North, whos family...

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H.M.P Birmingham Open Day

H.M.P Birmingham Open Day

07/08/2019 - Himaya Haven were invited to an open day at H.M.P Birmingham to advertise their services. We handed out some free goodies including umbrellas, hand creams, tea flasks and boxers. 

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Meeting at Oakwood Prison

Meeting at Oakwood Prison

29/07/2019 - Himaya Haven invited for a meeting with Oakwood Prison discussing the rise in Muslim prisoners and how we can work alongside one another with Muslim prisoners prior to release and on release to reduce re-offending behaviour.

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Outreach in H.M.P & Y.O.I Brinsford

Outreach in H.M.P & Y.O.I Brinsford

25/07/2019 - Himaya Haven's first outreach session in H.M.P & Y.O.I Brinsford in partnership with Barnardos, where we handed out leaflets to families in the visiting centre and made them aware of our services. We were able to help a mother who's first time it was...

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Outreach in H.M.P Featherstone

Outreach in H.M.P Featherstone

23/07/2019 - Himaya Haven's first outreach session in H.M.P Featherstone in partnership with Barnardos, where we handed out leaflets to families in the visiting centre and made them aware of our services. We engaged with 22 visitors of which 12 were women, 1 male and...

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Sisters in Desistance Launch

Sisters in Desistance Launch

15/07/2019 - Himaya Haven attended the launch of the report Sisters in Desistance report by Sofia Buncy in Bradford. The report focuses on Muslim women post prison and providing them community based solutions .

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Workshop by American Islamic Congress

Workshop by American Islamic Congress

12/07/2019 - At Women'a Well-being Centre with Zainab Al-Suwaji, Executive Director for American Islamic Congress discussing the opportunities and services women provide and receive in the UK. 

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Himaya Haven Away Day

Himaya Haven Away Day

22/06/2019 - Himaya Haven put on an away day for members of the team. Delivered by Dr Martin Glynn, understanding the underlying issues of crime and specifically desistance in the criminal justice system. 

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Sparkhill Street Watch

Sparkhill Street Watch

20/06/2019 - West Midlands Police, Sgt Hanif and Inspector Imran, working in partnership with Himaya Haven and local residents joined forces to create safer communities.

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Himaya Haven Mentoring Training

Himaya Haven Mentoring Training

20/06/2019 - Himaya Haven offered mentoring training to it's team, delivered by Raymond Douglas. The training was tailored around how to mentor returning citizens.

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H.M.P Birmingham Open Day

H.M.P Birmingham Open Day

18/06/2019 - Himaya Haven were at H.M.P Birmingham's open day alongside other services that can be useful to families who have someone in prison. We also had a lovely visit from two alpacas. 

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Birmingham Prison Outreach

Birmingham Prison Outreach

02/04/2019 -  Himaya Haven at HMP Birmingham stationed in the visiting center, to provide support and guidance for those who may be in need, especially if it is their first visit (in this prison); as a lot of nerves and confusion may arise. 

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Community Safety Event

Community Safety Event

23/03/2019 - The Sparkhill Park event, attracted a good number of people, young, elders, men and women. We actively engaged with a diverse range of people. issues, which cropped up, included, litter, fly tipping, neglect of the park drugs, knife and gun...

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Workshop at Bangladesh Women Association

Workshop at Bangladesh Women Association

18/03/2019 - Workshop on safeguarding children and families at Bangladesh Women’s Association SmallHeath Birmingham with Razia Tariq Hadait from Himaya Haven CIC and co with PREVENT & CTU

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Street Watch Meeting

Street Watch Meeting

14/03/2019 - Today amazing committed community activists joined street watch under the guidance of Sgt Hanif Ullah and Georgina Johnston

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Conway School

Conway School

13/02/2019 - Today at Conway School,raising awareness on our work,and keeping children safe. With Liz Whelan and Vanessa from Youth for Human Rights Project

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Beyond the Blade

Beyond the Blade

03/02/2019 - A discussion in which we had talked about how knife crime had cause the deaths of children and teen in 2017 and talked about how we can come up with possible solutions to the issues surounding knife crimes.

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Prison Link Panel

Prison Link Panel

29/01/2019 - Today getting my level 2 in prison work signed off. I am the first ever person to complete level 2. My tutor is really impressed asked me to stay behind and speak to the group

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De Montfort University

De Montfort University

24/01/19 - Today attending and speaking the university seminar impact on short custodial sentences on mothers and their children

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Meeting

Meeting

15/01/2019 - Himaya Haven held a meeting at Chai Lounge regarding a family event in order to raise awareness on street watch and neighbourhood watch.

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Co-Operative Funding

Co-Operative Funding

21/12/2018 - Thank you to our latest funders, Central England Co-Operative for the Making a Difference Community Dividend.  

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Aston Manor Academy Pitch to Teens

Aston Manor Academy Pitch to Teens

14/12/2018 - Himaya Haven pitched an idea of mentoring youths to Year 11 students from Aston Manor Academy. This was to understand what teenagers may think will be most effective in reducing serious violence amongst young people. 85% of students liked the idea...

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Level 1 Basic Prison Work Certificate Ceremony

Level 1 Basic Prison Work Certificate Ceremony

14/12/2018 - Prison Link organised their annual certificate ceremony for their 2018 students who had completed the Level 1 in Basic Prison Work Course. This took place at Lloyds House, where our certificates were presented by Assistant Chief Inspector of WMP and...

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Christmas Presents for Prisoner Families

Christmas Presents for Prisoner Families

06/12/2018 - Himaya Haven were asking for donations of new toys or money to buy brand new Christmas presents for children of prisoners in HMP Birmingham. However, we managed to deliver toys to four prisons within West Midlands; HMP Birmingham, HMP Brinsford, HMP...

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Safer Net Workshop

Safer Net Workshop

2/10/2018 - Himaya Haven held a workshop for parents on how to be safe on the internet and how to keep their children safe on the internet too. As well as how to encourage conversations on being safe.

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Community Street Walk

Community Street Walk

25/09/18 - A community walk on Stratford Road from the Camphill roundabout to the junction of Walford Road. In attendance were Razia and Zobia Hadait, Arif Chohan, Maz Iqbal, Shahid Butt, Inspector Imran Mirza, SanaUllah, and Rashid. 

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Gangs and Violence Brainstorming Meeting

Gangs and Violence Brainstorming Meeting

18/07/2018 - A meeting held with members of the working group created from Himaya Haven's gangs and violence workshop. We touched upon the main issues mentioned from our last workshop and discussed actions that need to be taken and how we can go about it effectively....

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Domestic Abuse Workshop

Domestic Abuse Workshop

12/07/2018 - A workshop on domestic abuse highlighting the many forms that it can take. We had Henna Rai sharing her experience of her past two experiences with domestic abuse.      

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Gangs and Violence Workshop

Gangs and Violence Workshop

10/07/2018 - A hard-hitting workshop attempting to tackle the increase in youth violence and create a working group. The workshop was ran by Raymond Douglas. In attendance were community members, statutory and voluntary organisations, WM Police and...

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Eid-Ul-Fitr Celebrations 2018

Eid-Ul-Fitr Celebrations 2018

28/06/2018 - Ladies only event to celebrate Eid-Ul-Fitr 2018, after a hard and testing Ramadan, this was put together to reward the women for all their efforts in looking after their families during this month and a chance for them to get some beauty treatments! More...

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Launch and Open Day

Launch and Open Day

26/04/2018 - Himaya Haven hosts their launch and open day for their new office. The day followed with case studies, speakers Dr. Karamat Iqbal (Consultant at Forward Partnership), Alison Cope (Mother of Joshua Ribera AKA rapper Depzman, who was fatally stabbed),...

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Sentinel Talking Stalking Event

Sentinel Talking Stalking Event

28/03/2018 - West Midlands Police event highlighting the affects of stalking. Kerry Daynes, Forensic and Consultant Psychologist, a survivor of stalking, shared her story. 

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HMP Drakehall Visit

HMP Drakehall Visit

27/03/2018 - Himaya Haven visited HMP Drakehall to gift some Qurans, prayer mats and religious literature that were donated on behalf of the community, at the request of Chaplain Sarah. We spent some time with female inmates, discussing the ways we can end the stigma...

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Council House Meeting

Council House Meeting

26/03/2018 - We met with Lead Commissioner of Countering Extremism, Sara Khan, alongside other women organisations. Discussions of improvements for the future. 

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Our New Office

Our New Office

14/03/2018 - Thank you to Kabir and Tabraiz from Greencoat Nursery for our lovely new office. 

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HMP Oakwood

HMP Oakwood

13/03/2018 - Himaya Haven meets with Chaplains from HMP Oakwood, HMP Birmingham, HMP Featherstone prison and HMP Brinsford Youth Offenders. Also, in attendance were 6 inmates who made valuable contributions and feedback, which will be acknowledged. 

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First Aid for Catastrophic Bleeding and CPR Training

First Aid for Catastrophic Bleeding and CPR Training

  15/02/2018 - First Aid training delivered by Julian Williams (Steroplast Healthcare) alongside the launch of Lynne Baird's (Daniel Baird Foundation All Lives Matter) Bleed Control Kit. The kit was designed to help aid people with catastrophic bleeding after her...

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Conference – West Midlands Victim Summit

Conference – West Midlands Victim Summit

28/11/2017 - Conference West Midlands Victim Summit With Julie Din Director Himaya Haven, West Midlands Police Crime Commissioner David Jamieson and Razia Tariq Hadait Director Himaya Haven today at the Victims Summit Razia Tariq Hadait Director of Himaya Haven with...

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Event – Emergency to Urgency Youth Crime challenges

Event – Emergency to Urgency Youth Crime challenges

20/10/2017 - Event Emergency to Urgency Youth Crime challenges for practitioners Responding to Gangs and Serious Youth Violence Today Himaya Haven attended EMERGENCY to URGENCY Challenges for Practitioners Responding to Gangs and Serious Youth Violence @Brookfield...

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Acid Victims Event

2nd March 2017 - Acid Victims Event Acid throwing, also called an acid attack, a vitriol attack or vitriolage, is a form of violent assault defined as the act of throwing acid or a similarly corrosive substance onto the body of another "with the intention to...

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FGM Conference

FGM Conference

6th Feb 2017 - FGM Conference Female genital mutilation (FGM), also known as female genital cutting and female circumcision, is the ritual cutting or removal of some or all of the external female genitalia. The practice is found in Africa, Asia and the Middle East,...

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Coffee Morning

Coffee Morning

02/05/2017 - Coffee Morning Coffee morning held at Odara which including our workshop on prevent

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