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Key Events

2015

  • October – Third Food for Thought event, in honour of the United Nations' World Food Day, was held at Bedwell Community Centre, raising more funds for the United Nations World Food Programme. Fanstastic taster food prepared by many local communities 
  • July – 13th AGM held at Stevenage Borough Council.
  • June – Bedwell Residents' Association BIG Lunch
  • March – International Women's Day with theme of End To Violence Against Women, in partnership with D26 Inner Wheel.

2014

  • November – co-hosted Interfaith Forum event
  • October – Celebrate!!! showcase of multicultural performance arts.
  • October – Town Centre - Mayor's Charities Appeal
  • July – 12th AGMspeaker Geoff Brown from  Health Watch
  • June – Bedwell Residents' Association BIG Lunch
  • March – International Women's Day - held in Stevenage Town Centre
  • March – SWFInner Wheel  "Peace on Bridge" Campaign and raising awareness about Domestic Violence.

2013

In spite of our investment to fund a Project Coordinator - we struggled to make inroads to meet and talk to communities

  • November – Sahki Milap AGM
  • November – November Interfaith event
  • October – Celebrate!!! showcase of multicultural performance arts. Tribute to Mark Straker and Positive Strides
  • October – Pilot "Anything is Possible" for groups of children aged between 8 and 12
  • October – So Stevenage
  • July – 11th AGM. Conversation and networking based
  • March – Peace on the Bridge with Inner Wheel.

2012

  • October – Celebrate!!! showcase of multicultural performance arts. 
  • October – Food for Thought event, in honour of the United Nations' World Food Day, was held at Bedwell Community Centre, raising more funds for the United Nations World Food Programme.
  • July – 10th AGM with keynote speaker, Hemant Mistry of Herts Equality Council.
  • March – International Women's Day with theme of End To Violence Against Women, in partnership with D26 Inner Wheel.

2011

  • November – We held our 10th Celebrate!!! showcase anniversary.
  • October – Second Food for Thought event, in honour of the United Nations' World Food Day, was held attracting participation from several of our member groups. We raised £300 for the UN.
  • July – 10th AGM with keynote speaker, Patrick Younge, Chief Creative Officer for BBC and local to Stevenage.
  • May – End-of-project celebration of Our Country 2.
  • April – First networking forum which gave local people and organisations to link in with one another. Through these forums, the World Forum hopes to bridge communities and services, and enable all organisations/partners to work more closely together.
  • February – End-of-project celebration of Take Part.

2010

  • December – A Christmas pamper evening was held, raising money for the Disasters Emergency Commission.
  • October – We held our first Food for Thought event. The event was organised in honour of the United Nations' World Food Day. Several of our member groups took part in this day, by preparing and serving food to be shared with other members of the community. Fund-raising games such as 'Guess the weight of the pumpkin', and 'Guess the number of sweets in the jar' were held, helping us to raise £165 which was donated to the UN.
  • September – Cultures Count on Migrants, a huge open air event in Stevenage town square with lots of community stalls and live multi cultural musical and dance entertainment. In collaboration with MENTER, Hatfield. (see Our Projects for full details).
  • September – Launch of Our Country 2, a cultural and educational project which aimed to inform and inspire local individuals about the achievements of local BME individuals.
  • August – Held "The 'C' Factor", a series of cultural events that formed part of the Our Country 2 project.
  • March – Held our first pamper evening, which raised £37.50.
  • January – Launch of Take Part programme, a government-funded initiative that aimed to empower people who may feel they do not have a voice but want to be heard and to get involved.
  • Highlights of the World Forum's activities over the previous years:
  • Achieved charitable status
  • Took over management of the Together Centre.
  • Supported the establishment of the Irish Network
  • Supported the establishment of the Polish Forum
  • Held 2 events on "my town, my community, my vision" which helped communities to engage with public agencies who in turn benefitted from the positive interaction

2004

  • Hosted African Caribbean Supplementary School with support from Hertfordshire County Council 
  • Aspect Black and Minority Ethnic Drug and Substance Misuse Outreach Project established with funds from Hertfordshire County Council. This pilot project trained volunteers to address a taboo subject within their own communities and cultures. The project was subsequently mainstreamed into the County Council's Young People's Substance Misuse Unit.
  • Hosted Third Party Reporting Centre in partnership with Herts Constabulary

2003

  • Celebrate!!! Choir was established to perform at the annual multicultural show.
  • Counselling Project funded by NHS Local Decision Money and advocacy in partnership with PowHer
  • Managed Aspect project, a programme which discussed substance misuse in our communities which was a taboo subject within
  • some cultures.
  • Supported other groups including SCARAFA, Irish Network Stevenage, Asian Women's Network, Sahki Milap, Saheli, Stevenage Muslim Women's Group, Gurajati Men's and Women's Groups.
  • Held two events on "My town, my community, my vision" which helped communities to engage with public agencies who in turn benefitted from the positive interaction
  • Worked with public bodies to raise issues facing our communities: mental health, education, local government, health and voluntary sector.
  • Took over management of the Together Centre.

2002

  • Held Ideas Day to consult with ethnic community and voluntary groups, statutory bodies and individuals.
  • Opened our first office in the Together Centre, Bedwell.
  • Established Celebrate!!! as an annual celebration showcasing the talents of local individuals and groups. This was the our first major multi-cultural combined arts event, which was held at the Gordon Craig Theatre in celebration of Black History Month, in partnership with Stevenage Borough Council, Stevenage Leisure Limited and Pegasus Opera.
  • Established the Campbell-Younge Award (with support from Visions Community Association) for presentation annually to a person chosen by Stevenage residents for their outstanding service to people of all races.

2001

  • Received first grants from Stevenage Borough Council and Single Regeneration Budget to establish early administration and development work. A successful bid made to the Home Office Active Community Unit in partnership with Stevenage Volunteer Agency for the Together Centre project.

2000

  • Adopted constitution and held first AGM

1999

  • Published 'Time to Listen – Hearing the Voices of Ethnic Minority Elders in Stevenage'.

1998

  • Held Celebration event and consultation which led to the establishment of Steve