Monday, 30 May 2016

Himmah - Some highlights from the last few years

Himmah, the Nottingham-based, grass-roots, social action organisation has been running for a few years now, so it seemed like a good time to review what the group has achieved and where it is going....

The Himmah Foodbank
One of the first projects set up by Himmah, the Foodbank initially took a while to find it's feet, but over time relationships were built up with referrers such as the Metropolitan Housing Association, British Red Cross, WAIS and the Notttingham and Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum

Contents of a typical foodpack, costing around £5

A lady donated this entire trolley of food at a collection at ASDA. Humbling to see

Donation from East Nottingham

When Himmah buys food, it is often from stores such as Lidl,
who pay the living wage

Donations have come from a number of groups and individuals across the city.

More recently, Himmah has built up a strong relationship with Thomas Helwys Baptist Church, Lenton, who are supplied with 20-30 foodpacks every week as part of the "Tasty Tuesday" project run by the Dunkirk and Lenton partnership.For people in financial difficulties it offers a filling, nutritious, meal, food parcels, and signposting to support agencies and services. For people experiencing loneliness or social isolation it can provide company, the chance to make friends, and a weekly social event to look forward to, in a welcoming and relaxed environment."

Himmah Foodpacks at Tasty Tuesdays

Tasty Tuesday Christmas Dinner 2015

Himmah, recognises that it is important to tackle the CAUSES of destitution as well as providing AID to the people affected. To this end Himmah will soon be asking its supporters to challenge (via email or social media) local authorities and stakeholders to reduce the number of benefit delays and unfair sanctions that cause so much stress, upheaval and misery.

The SaSh project is run by Himmah and the Nottingham Liberal Synagogue, and based at the Bridge Centre in Hyson Green. It runs every Wednesday evening and aims to provid a safe place where members of the public who are struggling can go and obtain a free meal. The project recently celebrated its first birthday!

SaSh' is one year old!

Look out for the SaSh signs

The Big Supper
Since 2011 Himmah has been supporting the Anti-Destitution Group at The Refugee Forum in Nottingham, providing a hot meal at least 1 Saturday every month, often with the help of kind donations from people such as Al Majlis Restaurant owner Iftikhar Ahmed.

The Big Supper

Nottingham Citizens
Himmah is a founder member of Nottingham Citizens , a broad based alliance of Nottingham based community organisations. As such Himmah has been active in many of Nottingham Ciizens activities, such as the 2012 and 2016 PCC accountability assembly, European Election Hustings and the Hope And Homelessness Commission report - as well as actions that aimed to increase the number of people in council and other employers who were paid at least the minimum wage.

Some of the nearly 1000 citizens at the 2012 PCC Accountability Assembly
The launch of the Hope and Homlessness Commission Report
Dates in the Square
The summer of 2012 saw Himmah holding a series of Dates-in-the-Square "flash mob" style events at dusk in Nottingham's market square.

Great to see such a wide demographic at the events.
How can you help?
If you would like to make a donation to Himmah, or would like to volunteer to help Himmah in its activities, please visit

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