Getting ready for the Christmas Party - wrapping up.
This is Alex Smith-Carlton and his mother Sumana volunteering at BRASS and St Peter's Chapter House in preparation for our Christmas Party.
Alex is 10 and goes to Bedford School. He likes sports and is currently learning golf. He enjoys helping other people. He was delighted to choose and wrap the gifts for the children invited to our Christmas Party. He did it with a great sense of pride and a lot of joy.
Mr Mohamad Khater receiving his ESOL certificate from the Mayor.
To be able to graduate, Mohamad has had to joggle between a morning shift job at the Vue Cinema, his duties as a father of four very young children and his determination to complete the 12 week ESOL course made available to the Syrian Refugees of Bedford and Flitwick, thanks to the joint efforts of BRASS, the Kings Arms Project, the Bedford Borough Council and Central Bedfordshire Council.
In order to avoid being late, he often cycled to school as his timing did not allow him to take the minibus provided for students' transportation to the ''Raleigh Centre'' where his classes took place.
Mohammad is proud that he could finally graduate, and receive his certificate from the Mayor of Bedford's hands. He is now looking forward to the next ESOL course which will start on Monday 8th January.
Because his English has improved a lot, it will not be long before Mohamad will be enroled in Bedford College for a 9 month ESOL course.He is impatiently waiting for that day!
Unseen at BRASS
Lila Begum came to see Brian at BRASS to talk about the trafficking organisation she works for - Unseen. Staff recently attended a training session about trafficking awareness.
Lila also took part in these photographs which were taken for 'Unlocked17' a publicity event to raise awareness of detention in the UK. They were shared on Twitter as part of the campaign which runs until the end of December.
Rainy Blair is a volunteer for the women's group.
From left to right: Alysha (Social Work Placement Student), Heather (Integration Officer) and Martha (Volunteer).
From left to right: Martha, Alysha, Severine (Immigration Case Worker) Brian (BRASS Coordinator) and Lila Begum (Unseen Worker)