By ANISAH ARIF

The Curry Circle celebrated Christmas as well as their 5 year anniversary with an annual festive party.

On Thursday 20th December, the Carlisle Business Centre hosted the Muslim Women’s Councils yearly Christmas party for Curry Circle service users, coinciding with their 5th year anniversary.

Over 150 volunteers and service users came together to celebrate.

The Christmas meal was sponsored by MyLahore, and musical entertainment was provided by singer Janet Jaye.

Bana Gora (CEO, Muslim Women’s Council) says “The party was a great way for service users to celebrate our five year anniversary with us.  We would like to thank all our volunteers and supporters, especially our catering partner MyLahore”.

With over twenty years of experience working in the charitable and not for profit sector such as domestic violence services in Keighley and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Bana Gora has been involved with social policy and community engagement on a local and national level. She has worked directly with ethnically and religiously diverse communities, and marginalised groups.

Bana is currently the CEO of the Muslim Women’s Council, an organisation established in 2009 to represent the views of Muslim women from across the UK. As part of what is undoubtedly their most ambitious project, the Muslim Women’s Council plans to build the first women-led mosque in the UK.

The Curry Circle is an initiative that provides a hot two-course meal for people who are homeless or struggling to feed themselves.  Since its launch in December 2013 the Curry Circle has provided over 35,000 meals.

The sessions are held every Thursday from 6pm to 8pm at the Carlisle Business Centre, 60 Carlisle Road, Bradford, BD8 8BD.

Fortunately the recent cuts to the third sector have not, and will not affect the organisation because they are funded through sponsorship from businesses like MyLahore (who provide the delicious curry), and Queensbury’s Tesco, who donate their excess food.

However, cuts to the voluntary sector may in part explain the the rise in the demand for their services, as other organisations are forced to limit their offerings or even disband.

Curry Circle Keighley was launched in August 2015.

The Muslim Women’s Council , the organisation behind the project, places high value on looking after neighbours and avoiding labels and judgement. This is what makes the Bradford Curry Circle a safe space that is open to all.

Anyone wishing to donate or sponsor a Curry Circle session please contact- Currycircle@muslimwomenscouncil.org.uk or telephone 01274 223230.