Why Join Us ?
The Brent Punjabi Association was established in November 2010 by Mrs Joginder Kaur Kundhi (President and Founder Member), a senior member of the Punjabi community who has lived in Brent for over 23 years. She has a long history of charitable work in the local community, including working as a Citizens' Advocate with Brent Advocacy Concern and working as a volunteer (for over 14 years) with a local Asian Community Charity. Through being so deeply involved at the heart of the community for so long she became aware of some of the common issues faced by local elderly people, and identified the need for a group helping with the needs of the senior members of the Punjabi-speaking community. This developed into the Brent Punjabi Association.
Profile - Mrs Joginder Kaur Kundhi
In 1980, I was diagnosed with Cancer of the Larynx. After a long flight with the 'Big C', in 1990 I lost my voice box became depressed and suicidal. Struggling to find some light at the end of my own personal tunnel, I realised that we all have a choice: give-up or carry-on. I chose to carry-on and make a difference with my 'Second Life' and after learning to speak again using a silicon valve instead of a voice-box, I started working with charity organisations in Brent to help my local community.
Facing death changes a person and after recovering from cancer, depression and a coma, my perspective and outlook have changed too and I decided to only spend my time doing those heartfelt things that truly matter to me and make a difference because I consider my time now, to be a true miracle and a gift. A gift I have chosen to use to improve the quality of life of the elderly in Brent. Therefore in 2010, after realising that many elderly are isolated at home and lonely, I set up this association to give them a safe place to enjoy life, make new friends and learn new skills because we are never too old.
People often say I'm brave and ask what drives me. The truth is I'm not brave, but simply realised that courage doesn't mean being fearless, it means believing in what you are doing and getting on despite that fear. To stay positive and remember that there is not only that 'light' at the end of the tunnel, but there is hope too, if you look carefully enough. This is my message of hope to the community. Remember that no-matter how difficult life feels sometimes, don't give up.
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Our main aims are to:
- provide a venue in which members of the Punjabi-speaking community can get together, which helps them to stave off isolation and loneliness.
- help members stay fit & healthy by providing a range of gentle exercises and physical activities.
- improve the overall wellbeing & quality of life of everyone who attends the group.
In Brent Council's recent 'Quality of Life for Older People' consultation, older people said they wished most for Health, Mobility,Companionship and Participation in Leisure Activities (as well as safety). Our group helps our beneficiaries in all of these areas, and agrees with Brent Council corporate strategy in recognising that helping older people stay active & participating in social activity is the key to prolonging their health & wellbeing. Our project gives elderly people the chance to make new friends, a weekly social event to look forward to, and assistance with some of the common problems elderly people may suffer from.
WHAT WE DO AND ARE DOING
Our group meeting takes place every Tuesday for 4 hours, in a (well appointed + excellent value for money) local Church hall at the centre of Wembley's Punjabi-speaking community. It provides an occasion for getting out & about, socialising with other older people, trying out new activities, and keeping fit & active. We employ tutors & instructors to deliver a range of activities including Yoga, Dance, Exercise, Arts, Community-based music, and more depending on what the group asks for. Every meeting is finished with a good quality hot lunch, utilising the cooking skills and experience of the people in our group to make a variety of food everyone can sit down together to enjoy. Our groups are designed to be as comfortable and welcoming as possible in order that individuals who may suffer from a lack of confidence or self-esteem feel able to attend the group, and come back repeatedly.
In addition to providing a space for our beneficiaries to get together, we also take the opportunity that the meetings provide to promote healthy living and give general support & advice on day-to-day issues that our members may be facing - lack of things to do, social welfare, financial issues etc. We will also promote co-operation and mutual support on issues facing the local community in general. By doing all this we hope to improve the overall wellbeing of everybody who attends our group, giving them a social occasion to enjoy, opportunities to make new friends, and support with any pressing issues in their life.
CURRENT WEEKLY (AVERAGE) FIGURES :
|TOTAL NO. OF REGISTERED MEMBERS:||60|
|ENGLISH (ESOL) CLASSES:||8-10|
WHAT WE WOULD LIKE TO DO :
OUR MAIN OBJECTIVE IS TO SECURE MORE FUNDING:
- TO CONTINUE THE CURRENT SERVICES THAT WE PROVIDE
- AN ADDITIONAL DAY WHERE WE PROVIDE MORE RESPITE CARE SERVICES
- WIN CONTRACTS FROM LOCAL BASED SOCIAL SERVICES
THOSE CONTRACTS WOULD BE IN THE FOLLOWING ARENA'S:
- PHYSICAL / DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
- PROVIDE CARERS / BEFRIENDERS
WE HAVE ACHIEVED THIS MUCH BY SECURING A £ 8500 GRANT FROM THE AWARDS FOR ALL LOTTERY. BY SECURING E.g. £ 100000, WE COULD EXPAND FROM 1 TO 2 DAYS ON ALL OF OUR SERVICES AND EXPAND INTO THE ARENA'S MENTIONED ABOVE. WE WOULD RECRUIT THE SUITABLY QUALIFIED STAFF TO DELIVER THE RELEVANT SERVICES.