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HLC funds RASAG employment course

8 Feb

The poor old RASAG blog has been rather neglected of late, but this is not because the group has been inactive – on the contrary, we have been busier than ever!

Back in December RASAG contributed to a wonderful winter celebration in aid of ASSIST – group members cooked a variety of dishes from around the world and a number of us went along to enjoy the music, dancing and performances.  We also faciliatated a performance by wonderful, soon to be famous RASAG friend Pallav Roy – a young man destined for great things!  The event was organised by Sharrow’s own Creative Action Network and Side by Side drama group and was a successful, enjoyable evening.

Going even further back we contributed to a City of Sanctuary event in Gleadless Valley, which sought to address racial tensions in the area by bringing together long term residents with new arrivals, to share stories, food and music and open a dialogue between the groups.  At this event we were pleased to provide some lovely dishes and Yakam Jar Bu got everyone up, holding hands and dancing!

We have decided to hold a weekly session for our members, supporting language needs, signposting volunteering and training opportunities and enabling peer support and advice – we are in the process of applying for funding to support this work.  In the meantime, we have been awarded some funding by Humber Learning Consortium to deliver some Communications and Presentation skills for work training in February.  Learners will be creating a group blog – so this page will soon have a sister!  How exciting!  As part of our bid we are to buy some Flip video cameras, so visitors can expect lots of footage of our work in future!  The training and our weekly sessions will take place at Sharrow Community Forum, Sheffield.

The HLC funding comes from the European Social Fund and is to benefit hard to reach individuals who face significant barriers to employment.

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Shef Factor – Talent Contest

22 Sep

Goran singing

Sheffield City of Sanctaury and Sheffield Quakers teamed up to create a showcase of talent from around Sheffield, with refugees, asylum seekers, Quakers and other community members taking the opportunity to perform and support each other in a highly successful and unique event.  RASAG had a range of roles within the event; we provided all of the savoury food including fish, kookoo, biryani and dolma – many thanks to Nzazi, Sagheer, Azizeh and Mustafa for their work.  One of our members teamed up with Quaker Friend Rosie to MC the event – well done Spag.  RASAG member Goran performed with his band Jakam Jar Bu – great to see evryone dancing and enjoying the music – thanks Goran and Rasul.  A group of us also performed a story from the Legends storytelling project – big thanks to Firas who told the story and Lemlem, Azizeh and Shiran for bringing it to life!

As a taster of the great talent and diversity of the Shef Factor event, I would like to introduce you to a star of the future – Pallav Roy.  Pallav is a British boy who has bags of talent and kindly turned out with his family to support Sheffield’s City of Sanctuary.  Here he is with two songs at the talent show remember you saw him here first!