KIRAN (also known as KIRAN Cymru) is committed to improving mental wellbeing of Black Asian Ethnic Minority people living in Wales. We particularly focus on people over 50 and young people. However, all of our activities are ‘open to all’, and we welcome everyone to participate. We currently have several projects to promote mental wellbeing. Please see below to learn about the projects and visit their respective websites.
This is a pilot project by KIRAN Cymru. We help financially disadvantaged BAME members in Wales by offering free legal support (Benefits, Housing and employment) and interpretation/translation services in Bengali, Hindi, Urdu, Sylheti, Punjabi and Gujrati. Please visit, kiranlegal.co.uk for more information.
This is a pilot project by KIRAN Cymru. Since March 2020, we have been helping BAME people in Cardiff with their day-to-day needs, i.e., grocery shopping.
We also ring elderly community members regularly to keep in touch and overcome loneliness through our befriending service. Our ‘Friends in Need’ service helps BAME people in Wales to connect with other people and fight social isolation.
This is a project by KIRAN Cymru. This project started in March 2021. We aim to combat the adverse effects of COVID 19 pandemic by creating regular and structured opportunities for BAME community members to connect with each other through virtual meet-ups, games, and cultural activities.
We offer various opportunities for all BAME people in Wales to connect with other people in virtual social meet-ups, e.g., book clubs, bridge clubs, learning musical instruments, e.g., Piano and Tabla. There is also a community musical group for you to join.
As a part of this project, we have started an English Online Magazine called Story Cloud. All community members are encouraged to take part in creative writing. KIRAN Cymru offers free guidance and training on ‘Creative Writing’. It is a beautiful skill and can improve the confidence and self-esteem of the writer. Please get in touch with us if you want to take part in creative writing.
Story Cloud will publish the selected short stories, poetry and feature written by community members.
Apart from the above, we offer other befriending services for local communities. Please contact us if you want to know more about our various community engagement services.
This is a project by KIRAN Cymru that aims to promote Bengali and Welsh Art, Culture and Heritage in Wales. We have several activities under this project:
Golpo Cloud – This is a Bengali Magazine run by KIRAN Cymru to encourage community people to read and write in Bengali. Bengal, as a language, is finding less and less usage among the Bengali Diaspora living in Wales. Golpo Cloud is the humble attempt by KIRAN Cymru to bring the Bengali language back into practice among the Bengali population in Wales. Golpo Cloud has more than 100 writers, about 50000 hits on our website, and about 2500 followers on Facebook. Please click here to visit the magazine website. Please contact us if you want to send your writings.
Heritage Talk – KIRAN Cymru also arranges heritage events to talk about Bengali and Welsh Heritage, culture and art. We have currently suspended our heritage talk due to COVID 19 restrictions.
Heritage Tour – KIRAN Cymru organises regular day trips to the heritage places in Wales. Community members are invited to join the day-out to explore different heritage sites and learn about the rich culture and heritage of Wales. We have currently suspended the heritage tour due to COVID 19 restrictions.
Circular Living is a project by KIRAN Cymru to relieve the financial hardship of the community members by recycling the provision of textile and clothing.
Under this project, we collect nearly new clothing from community members and re-distribute them among those who need the clothing urgently. We have currently suspended the project due to COVID 19 restrictions.
This project upholds community sharing and creates positive feelings and a sense of reward among the donors and recipients alike.
Please visit the website if you want to know more about Circular Living.
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