The organisation has received a National Heritage Lottery Fund. This is the 5th funds the organisation has received from the Heritage Lottery Fund since its establishment. The present fund is for a project  ' Memories of people who have been affected by Covid-19'. 

Many people in the UK have lost lives of their dear ones, many people have got infected  and recovered from COVID-19 and all of  them have a very sad memory. These memories are cultural heritage of the UK.

The aim of the project is to collect the heritage, share learning and  preserve for learning of present and future generation. In the proposed  project we will target Minority Ethnic communities living in Barking and Dagenham and Newham boroughs of London  and select the period during the first wave of COVID- 19 (March 2020 to June 2020).

Children and young people have heard illness and death of their friends, relatives and neighbours  during the first wave of Covid-19 but could not visit them due  to fear of infection. Now they  want to listen the painful memories of the people who have lost their dears and nears. 

      The effects of COVID-19 in our community

Since the outbreak of the pandemic in early March, our lives have shifted significantly in an attempt to meet the new, evolved circumstances. All across the globe, more than a million lives have been lost, many economies have been predicted to face recessions with individuals having lost  their jobs, young people having to complete their education from home, increased mental health issues, widening inequality, and community organisations having to quickly adapt to serving their members in new and innovative ways. We have never been more reliant on technology, had a greater appreciation for our loved ones and the services our local communities offer, and been more cautious in the way we approach things which once felt so ordinary.


All segments of society have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, but socio-economic factors and structural inequalities, including long-standing health and social inequalities affecting some communities more than others, have exacerbated the impact, which will be further illustrated in this report.


While COVID-19 has cast a shadow over our lives, we have also witnessed incredible strengths in communities all across the UK. This can be seen in the grassroot initiatives complementing organisational and governmental responses to the crisis, and filling in gaps where the demand for public services and support far surpassed the supply. Key workers have been tirelessly working on the frontlines - whether it is treating those infected with COVID-19, restocking shelves in supermarkets and grocery stores, delivering food to our homes, driving us safely, and keeping the country moving whilst putting their own lives at risk. It is therefore more pertinent than ever to reflect on this crisis, not only focusing how COVID-19 has adversely affected our lives, but also how the human strength shines bright in the dawn of the pandemic.

The organisations has delivered following National Lottery Heritage Funded projects : 

  1.  Collecting Memories of Baishaki Festival                              -   2018

  2.  History of Mother Language Movement                                 -   2015

  3.  Memories of Bangladesh Liberation War                               -   2013

  4.  Story of Dagenham Ford Women Workers' strike in 1960    -   2012

Bangladeshi women singing at our Baishaki Festival  Event

   (Our Chair is seen in the middle wearing white sharee)

   Women singing at International Mother Language Day Event

 (Our Chair Mrs. Polyna Hussain is seen in the left wearing white sharee)

Photo exhibition of our Bangladesh Liberation War project

Our Heritage Lottery Funded project 'Dagenham
Ford Women Worker's strike in 1960 for Equal Pay'

(From left Elllen Pullen, Hasna Sonigra, Sheila Douglass,

 Dora, Saroj, Gwen Davis, Vera Sime and Volunteer Lipia)


Interviewed Sheila Douglouss, Participant of Ford
Women Strike in 1960 by Volunteer Stuti Master.