Haqooq is HLF funded – WohZamana project: Heritage 'WohZamana' – Back in the Day This project was funded by Heritage Lottery in partnership with Leeds Library and Information Services for two years.The project was set out to engage severely disabled young people with complex needs and disabilities and their Carers from diverse BME communities to investigate their cultural heritage.

These young people would research and explore their own families and communities from the 1950s to the 1980s. The young people on the project would look at teenage life of their parents and grandparents generations, looking at themes such as Music, Clothes, Films and Food. This project apart from being fun, enjoyable and empowering aimed to develop Independent living skills,developing communication, interpersonal skills and social interaction as well as inclusion within the community.It aimed to develop interview skills for oral history recordings, developing IT skills to compile images, oral recordings and videos and preserve these by developing an interactive and inclusive E-book. 

The project is run by a Young Peoples’ Panel who have developed a wordpress blog where they record their findings. All the people on the young peoples’ panel are either young carers or young people with a disability. We use innovative approaches and creative ways of working to engage people that were considered unreachable or excluded from mainstream provision due to the level of their needs. We have been able to provide a warm caring environment for people with disabilities and mental health needs locally within their own communities to improve confidence self-esteem, independence and basic skills.

Haqooq has been able to progress its users to further or higher education as well as employment and volunteering. We have taken into consideration what our users wanted and provided activities that they would find beneficial and supportive; as a result our activities were popular. The provision has been person centred based on individual need.

We had some fantastic achievements, We were registered as an Arts Centre, offering arts based
qualifications and activities across Leeds, increasing our beneficiaries.
Through the HLF WohZamana project :

  •  54 young people qualified and received certificates with Art Awards *Discover
  •  29 young people qualified and received certificates with Arts Awards *Explore
  • For 25 young people, the Arts Award from HaqooqAspire for More, will be the only nationally recognised academic qualification they will acquire.
  • 62% of the volunteers went on to find paid work
  • 34% of volunteers went on to further education,higher education or further training
  • 71% of all the volunteers and workers were from BAME backgrounds
  • 68% of beneficiaries struggled with multiple disability, impairment and disadvantage

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