Published On: Thu, Apr 17th, 2014 on 8:13 pm

Millan Centre heritage project celebrates South Asian memories

Millan Centre Bradford

Millan Centre staff and volunteers with centre attendees (front row)

Millan Centre Bradford

(l-r) Girls group worker Uzma Kazi and project manager Paula Helliwell

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Over 100 people have come together to capture the history and experiences of South Asian women living in Bradford.

The event was part of the ‘Hamaari Yaadein’ project (translated from Urdu to ‘Our Memories’), organised by the Millan Centre in Bradford, a local community centre for women in Manningham and Heaton.

Attendees shared their stories, took part in a range of fun activities, workshops and consultations, and even watched a special DVD they helped create.

Community Development Manager Surji Cair told the Yorkshire Standard: “The centre has been here since 1988, and it’s been serving the local community for so long. We’ve listened to a lot of great stories, and we thought it would be good to capture them.”

The 18-month heritage project aims to gather the stories of the first, second and third generations of South Asian women living in Bradford through events on themes such as education, marriage and even racism.

It has gained £44,000 worth of Heritage Lottery funding and money will go to create a book, a DVD and a photographic exhibition.

Girls group worker Uzma Kazi added: “The heritage project has reiterated the importance of capturing everyone’s contributions. Everyone has been very excited and it’s given people the opportunity to reflect on memories.”

The Millan Centre provides a range of educational, social and health-related activities for the local community and has also worked to tackle issues such as isolation amongst the elderly.

Managers and staff who organised the event on the day were: Paula Helliwell, Munibah Eymaan, Shagufta Sharif, Nina Ghaffar, Surji Cair, and Uzma Kazi.

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Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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