in Fir Vale
by Rob Smith
The Goodwill Community Centre on Rothay
Road, Fir Vale is generating a lot of community involvement,
explained Treasurer/Centre Manager Omer Abdulqader.
Prince Nasseem Hamed purchased the building
over four years ago, with the intention of creating a community
centre to help develop education and employment skills for
those in this section of the community. Omer said: “We
also target the youths to keep them off the streets with activities,
organizing trips to many different cities and we put on adventure
The Centre is also represented by two football
teams – the 11–16s and 16 and overs. “They
play at Concord every Thursday and Friday,” added Omer.
“We also do taekwondo for beginners and kung fu for
elders and charge an admission fee of £1 per session.
This is open to everyone.”
I then followed Omer around the building as
he took me downstairs to see the refurbishment now taking
place. Already equipped with one computer suite, Omer explained
that they run courses – some accredited by Sheffield
College – in English, New Clait, Sewing, Hair &
Beauty, Arabic, community skills. They also run some courses
through the Adult Community learning service and will be joining
with courses run through the WEA.
Downstairs in the basement the refurbishment
of a brand new IT suite was in progress and near completion,
alongside a new sewing classroom and the centre’s newly-furnished
youth club, which was opened last month. The refurbishment
of the basement and the yard has been funded through SRB4
and the computers purchased by the centre.
“We will be having a grand opening in
2004,” said Omer, “And I shall keep the Messenger
informed.” So watch this space.
For any further information on all the
courses and activities taking place in the Goodwill Community
Centre, you can contact Omer Abdulqader on 243 3505 or (0788)
Centre Courses Schedule