Young Aawaz Newsletter - April 2012

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April 2012

Women of t n e m e v e i h Ac Awards! Three members of Young Aawaz received recognition for their hard work and dedication at the Women of Achievement awards on Thursday 8th March. The annual event organised by Aawaz was held at Accrington Town Hall and is arranged to coincide with International Women’s day. Women of all ages were recognised for their efforts and members of Young Aawaz presented and performed to the packed audience of over 250 people including the Mayor and Mayoress of Hyndburn and Pendle, the Chairman of Lancashire County Council and a whole host of local sponsors. Young Aawaz also made £170 for Derian House by making and packaging various cakes and biscuits which were sold at the event. Former award winner Rizwana Ali told the audience about ‘her journey’ and the support and help that she had received from Young Aawaz and other members also talked about various projects they had been involved in. Nafeesa Ishaq received an award for her continued dedication to raise money for local charities. Asma Ramzan was recognised for her hard work and dedication as a member of Young Aawaz and the help and support that she constantly provides for Younger members. Zarafshan Khan was recognised for her commitment to her studies.

C a re e rs Event Young Aawaz members had a fantastic day out at The Skills Northwest event at the Trafford Centre in February. Members were taken to the event which showcased presentations and workshops from various different employers, colleges and universities before they were advertised to the general public. There were workshops on interview techniques, confidence classes and various taster sessions on a whole host of courses and careers. The event gave young people the opportunity to apply for apprenticeships and to get advice and guidance on the application procedure; applications completed on the day were given priority.

Young Aawaz also attended an event at The Dunkenhalgh Hotel in March. The event, organised by Growth for jobs and Hyndburn Enterprise Trust, was designed to encourage young women to brush up on their business skills and be aware of the opportunities that are available for them within the business community. Young Aawaz members were given some really good advice on how to set up a small business and some of the girls have decided it may be something that they may peruse as their sales in cakes and biscuits have been a huge hit. Watch out Alan Sugar these girls mean business!

Winners from the AAWAZ Awards

e s r u o C Y DI Our eight week DIY course is coming to an end, we have all enjoyed being part of the project, and we seem to have learnt so much in such a short space of time! We have learnt how to put up a shelf, how to tile and decorate, wire a plug and even plumb in a washing machine. Learning about these things has shown me how important it is to learn new skills and how easy things can be if you get the support and encouragement. We can achieve anything when we really try! - Arfina Begum aged 15

Fa s h i o n Show

Aawaz Announcements Summer Holidays Over the summer holidays Young Aawaz will be organising a whole host of different activities. We would like to offer members the opportunity to visit different places of interest and learn new skills. Let us know your ideas and we can make sure we make summer 2012 a summer to remember! Derian House Derian House is our designated charity this year and so far we have raised over £600 by using our baking skills to make and decorate cakes and biscuits, selling items we made for Valentine’s day and making and selling key rings. We are looking for new money making and creative ideas so please let us know if you have any bright ideas and would like to get involved in any of the projects. We aim to raise over £1000 for this very worthwhile cause.

On Tuesday 13th March we hosted our annual fashion show at Rhyddings Business and Enterprise School. The event was sponsored by several local businesses Winstanley’s, All the Rage Too and The Sewing Room and it gave members of Young Aawaz the opportunity to model some of the most up to date fashions and latest styles. With a stunning vocal performance from Head Girl and Young Aawaz member Rhianna Gibson and dance performances from Katie Howard, Kadie Sidwell and Tutu Mukelabai the event was a huge success.

Community Project Members of Young Aawaz worked hard in autumn planting crocus bulbs in various locations across Hyndburn. The bulbs were planted as part of Church and Oswaldtwistle’s Rotary Clubs local campaign. “Now spring has arrived the bulbs are now flowering and look amazing,” said Young Aawaz member Farwa Shah. “I am so glad that all our hard work has paid off and we have made a difference to our local community We have had loads of positive comments from local residents who are really pleased with our hard work. “We would like to say a big thanks to the Rotary Club who gave us the chance to work with them on this project.” Drop in sessions Need help with homework, careers advice, assistance with job applications or just fancy a chat and some quiet time? Drop into the Young Aawaz evening session - Thursdays from 4pm at Aawaz Access Point. Please give Ribina a call on 01254 398176 and book in some time for yourself.

All proceeds from ticket sales and refreshments were donated to our designated charity Derian House and as you can see from the pictures the event was a great success. It has featured in the Lancashire Evening Telegraph, Accrington Observer and on Rock FM’s Boom Radio! - Zubaidah Bibi, 16

Mother’s Day At our girls’ group after school on Wednesdays we have been wor king really hard to show our mothers how much we love and appreciate them. We decided we wanted to han d make some presents for them so we made some beautiful jewellery sets and des igned some really special cards. All our mothers were over the moon with our gifts and it made all the differen ce that we had taken the time to make them ourselves! - Nadia Kauser, 16

Easter Activities we have kept Over the Easter break ng in some ati cip rti pa ourselves busy by really fun activities. we held an Easter ril Ap On Wednesday 4th met at Aawaz Access treats event. Members of dif ferent Easter Point and made loads s and friends. treats for our familie s and we learnt a lot We really enjoyed thi d Easter as well as hin about the meaning be s. ng up with our friend having fun and meeti a great time at On 11th April we had ped up warm ap wr we a, Blackburn Ice Aren but I realised that ice and had a great day it seems on the TV, as skating isn’t as simple e on the floor! I spent most of the tim sa Ishaq, 19 – Nafee