First meeting at Hamara

We compiled a list of questions to ask at the first meeting with Arif, to help us get to know the organisation to allow us to make a plan of how we will create the video.

Joanna made notes and the following is taken from Joanna’s ning post:


Why did Hamara get started?

Who is the audience for our film and for Hamara?

What are some day to day events and activities?

Is there anything specific you would like to see included?

Where does funding typically come from?

A lot of our questions were answered indirectly as it was quite an open conversation, and Arif was especially helpful and informative!

– Used to be a lot of daycare centres accross Leeds, many of the people at Hamara intially attended these centres. Hamara is a different style of care to the old centres as it is based within the community and aims to provide respite for the carers, and an environment for its visitors which the carers can rely on to be a ‘safe loving secure learning environment.’

– People who come to Hamara are accessed by a social worker who devises a support plan for them which is usually largely centred around trying to get them greater independence

– Funded for the most part by Leeds City Council, but some visitors also come in with an individualised budget

– Hamara has been around since 1995, and was originally based in a terraced house, as a place for people to meet and get advice, expanded into other areas, including youth training etc

-Primarily Hamara is for the Asian community (Bangladeshi etc)

-Most of the work Hamara does is concerning health and social care and trying to ‘keep people out of hospital beds’. Beeston is one of the most deprived areas of Leeds, and unemployment etc mean that there is a life expectancy 10 years lower than ‘just down the road.’ Hamaras role can be as simple as educating people about basic health and safety, such as ensuring people dont slip on the ice in winter, and other practical help.

-Different work gains different type of funding (Primary Care Trusts, Clinical Commisioning Groups, Local Authority)

-Largely based around central government decisions concerning funding and objectives

-Audience for the film will largely be potential funders, and the film will be shown at the large annual event Hamara holds to promote itself, both to these funders and also to people within the community who may need the service which Hamara is able to provide.

– Arif also mentioned that we should become a part of Hamara for the time we are working together, and form relationships with visitors and staff alike, and how we go about creating our film will largely depend on the friendships we form during our time there. The emphasis was on making sure we approach the project with dignity, respect, and confidentiality.


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