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Project information

Bangladeshi Health and Social Inclusion

Improve life quality of Bangladeshi men, women and families living in Fitzrovia, central London. Advice on welfare and housing benefits, tax, finance, pensions, disability and health. Community for Bengali and Sylheti speakers. Encourage social integration and self-confidence with art and culture.

April 2012 - March 2015

Charity information: Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Association

Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Association logo
  • Need


    Poverty and social exclusion in our neighbourhood's Bangladeshi population. Our neighbourhood has a significant south Asian population who are not catered for by other services and organisations.


    We will provide advice and information on tax and welfare benefits, provide social and creative activities, and health and recreation.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Relive from poverty maximise the income of Bangladeshi men, women and their families.


    » Run weekly drop-in advice sessions on housing, welfare and tax for Bangladeshi men and women.
    » Run weekly women-only drop-in sessions on housing, welfare and tax for Bangladeshi women.

    What success will look like

    Success will be receiving 960 visitors to our weekly advice sessions each year.

    Aim 2

    Improve self-esteem and social integration of Bangladeshi women.


    » Run six-week arts programmes for Bangladeshi women in the autumn, spring and summer during school terms.

    What success will look like

    25 women taking part in art and creative classes and putting on an exhibition at the British Museum.

    Aim 3

    Improve health of Bangladeshi men and women.


    » Two six-week Expert Patient Programmes to help users self-manage their long-term health conditions.
    » Up to 12 less formal workshops a year on specific topics to be run in conjunction with the local Primary Care Trust clusters.

    What success will look like

    10 user completing each six-week expert patient programme, 10 users attending

  • Impact


    Raise more of the Bangladeshi population out of poverty. We will monitor the number of clients at our advice sessions using a customised database software. Bangladeshi men and women will be better able to manage any long-term health conditions, understand the benefits of regular exercise. They will be more confident about contact with people outside the Bangladeshi community. We will conduct interviews with men and women in the final year of the project to find out what changes have come about.


    We have fully funded the first year of the project and have raised half the money needed for years 2 and 3. There is a risk of falling short on the funding needed for years 2 and 3. If necessary we can use some of our reserves and/or reduce the project hours. But we are confident of raising the balance of funding for the remaining years.


    We have to make regular reports to our main funder and we can do the same for other donors. We also publish our annual accounts which are available from the charities commission website.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £185,203

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      Amount Heading Description
      £123,995 Direct costs Salaries, session leader, activities & materials.
      £61,208 Overheads Contribution to running costs of organisation. eg, rent and accounting.

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Henry Smith year 1 £20,000 Guaranteed
    Henry Smith year 2 £30,000 Conditional
    Henry Smith year 3 £30,000 Conditional
    Westminster City Council £15,289 Guaranteed
    Big Lottery £16,527 Guaranteed
    Earned income from commissioning £3,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Fitzrovia is a central London neighbourhood partly in the London Borough of Camden and partly in the City of Westminster. We will run the project from our Neighbourhood Centre and at a sheltered housing community room.


    Our neighbourhood has a significant Bangladeshi population many of whom live in poverty, are socially excluded of often suffer from poor health. Every part of our neighbourhood has a very high living environment deprivation, according to the Office for National Statistics. This is because there is very little garden, public open space available, and high levels of pollution. The area has very high barriers to housing and services. We will improve access to housing and services.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have been helping the Bangladeshi community in Fitzrovia since the early 1980s and have a respected track record. We have exhibited art and cultural work by the Bangladeshi community at the British Museum and at Westminster's libraries.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Samina Dewan

    Project leader.

Creative work displayed in the British Museum.

Creative work displayed in the British Museum.