By Ninder Kaur

 

The Muslim Women’s Council launched the Curry Circle in Keighley on Monday 24th August 2015 following its success in Bradford.

The service is an initiative that provides a hot two-course meal for people who are homeless
or struggling to feed themselves. The Keighley Curry Circle works in strong partnership with the Muslim Women’s Council and Bradford’s popular restaurant My Lahore.

Keighley CC launch

The Curry Circle will run at Keighley Association Women and Children’s Centre from 7pm every Monday by providing food to the vulnerable and homeless. The provision is open to all those in need.

Since its launch in December 2013 the Curry Circle has provided over 10,000 meals to some of Bradford’s most vulnerable people.  From providing a meal, the Curry Circle has expanded its support and now includes free medical treatment provided by Bevan Healthcare and a free hairdressing service provided by Refresh Hair and Beauty.

Adam Raja, Curry Circle Manager, says: “Keighley is one of the areas that we have been looking at expanding into.  It features high on the indices of multiple deprivation and we think our service will be an invaluable addition
to the services provided to homeless and vulnerable people who would otherwise go without a hot meal.

“We’re forging partnerships with other Keighley-based support services, and will be delighted to hear from organisations that can help people get back on their feet.”

Bana Gora, CEO, Muslim Women’s Council added: “Over two years ago we observed people from different backgrounds looking through dustbins for food, this isn’t about religion, it’s about basic humanity.  Why are people looking for food in bins in the 21st Century? It’s simply not acceptable.

“We’ve seen the Bradford Curry Circle service users increase from 25 to an average of 100 attending per week. There is a massive problem here; we’ve got rising and worrying levels of food poverty.  Policies need to be
challenged; they are not helping those that are in need the most.”