History of Liverpool Arabic Centre
Liverpool Arabic Centre (LAC) was initially set up as Nadey Al – Cul in 1995 after a group of parents from Yemeni and Arabic backgrounds raised concerns with each other about their children’s educational and personal development which was being affected by negative experiences they were having within schools and unaddressed issues present due having dual heritage backgrounds.
The parents’ aim was to set up a club to support children and young people from Yemeni/Arabic backgrounds for whom there was limited support available from statutory services and a lack of knowledge around specific cultural and religious issues. The aim of the club was to instill cultural pride and support the personal development of the children and young people as well as to encourage the development of their own identities within wider society by educating the children in Arabic language and also through promoting Arabic cultural awareness to the wider community particularly local schools through arts, performance and discussion. In September 2000 Nadey Al – Cul changed its name to Liverpool Yemeni Arabic Club (LYAC) to reflect its expanding service provision and provide a focus on its target group of beneficiaries. LYAC’s activities continued to focus on teaching Arabic language to children and young people, organising educational and cultural activities for families and putting on a Yemeni/Arabic festival to promote and encourage cultural awareness to people from non-Arabic backgrounds. LYAC opened its official premises in Lodge Lane in September 2000. A productive partnership was then formed with the Bluecoat Arts Centre – Nadey Al Bluecoat –which has since developed into the highly successful annual Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival. In 2006 LYAC went through a process of re-branding in order to address the changing needs of the community and to cater for the wider Arab communities settling in the Merseyside area in recent years. LYAC became the Liverpool Arabic Centre
Increased access and delivery time of our children’s education project family educational trips and visits Women’s personal development and support groups Inter generational workshops and cultural music tuition
Women’s Healthy Living Activities and support in accessing community provision Multi-cultural health check awareness and referrals in partnership with Liverpool PCTBEM mental Health consultation event. Bridges early intervention and prevention emotional health and wellbeing project Promotion of Smoking Cessation support provision
Delivery of Cartography project in partnership with Dia Batal and Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival. Cultural music Oud and Drums music sessions and workshops in partnership with Merseyside Youth Association. Young peoples culture and diversity event Women’s cultural workshops including Henna, Arts and crafts.
Continuation of weekly advice and information surgeries Introduction of women only drop-in support service Support and referral service for individuals experiencing or at risk of forced marriage.
Financial systems reviewed by both LCVS & an independent consultant commissioned by the Parenting Fund Staff Away Day New advocacy project business plan and an organisational funding plan produced.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO): Razak Mossa
LAC Coordinator: Najib Al-Hakimi
Project Worker: Neda Al-Yafeai
Emmeli Sundqvist, CHAIR
Other board members include Mohamed Elghady, Emad Lilo, Ashraf Mohamed and Michele Ross.