Celebrating Eid at Priory Court Community Centre

We had a great gathering of local people come and enjoy the Eid celebrations with us at Priory Court. From painting Henna to making Eid crafts, it was a great opportunity to meet the community and socialise together.

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Following the success of last year’s small Eid Celebration at Essex Close, we were approached by other estates asking if we could deliver similar events there also. Aston’s Social Value Manager Rachel Statter arranged three larger Eid events in different areas of the borough to try and reach as many residents as possible.

The first of these events was held at Priory Court Community Centre in E17 in partnership with Morgan Sindall and the Community Centre. We created publicity posters that centres hand delivered it to each resident on the estate.

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The Eid celebration was a huge success with over 75 residents attending. Both the Community Centre Manager and one of The William Morris Big Local team commented that the majority of residents attending were those they had never engaged with before, and were astounded by the turn out. They were delighted that they were able to promote the other services they provided to residents who might otherwise be unaware that support and fun activities were available to them.

We also invited Sonia from Coping Through Football, a NELFT transformation mental health recovery project, to whom Rachel regularly delivers employability support. Whilst adults have to be referred by their GPs and mental health professionals, Sonia was able to promote their youth programme to the families attending, as they can self-refer, allowing our younger residents who might suffer from discrimination at school, or have additional issues, the opportunity to take part in an inclusive and supportive environment.

The event included a selection of Eid themed arts and crafts, an Eid photo stand with props, Eid cake and biscuit decoration and a Henna artist. A local Muslim caterer was hired to produce delicious biryani, pakoras and samosas, with fresh fruit salad and assorted goodies and refreshments on offer. We had so many people attend that we had to keep adding tables and chair to allow people to eat and socialise, and the music had people up, dancing and singing along. It was so popular that we were still turning people away as we were packing up!

Aadam Khan was the sweet shop manager on the day, handing out bags of halal sweets and chocolates, which everyone thoroughly enjoyed!

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“ I was thrilled to see so many members of the community turn up to celebrate such an important date in the Muslim calendar. I had numerous residents approach me to thank us for the effort we put into making the event, saying how much they loved and appreciated it. 

One resident said they arrived not really expecting anything and were absolutely amazed to see what was on offer. It was incredibly heart ‑warming to see their response and to watch everyone having so much fun, interacting with each other. 

We were able to make new connections with residents who were too shy to attend events before, and who now have the confidence to join in and offer guidance as to what they would like to see put on in the future. We were able to promote our new Online Courses support sessions at the centre, and signed up a large number to register for the courses.”

Rachel Statter, CSR Manager, Aston Group