Paiwand Afghan Association Tue, 26 Apr 2016 14:21:58 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 Christmas Party Tue, 15 Dec 2015 12:57:27 +0000 On our last day of term at Saturday School we had a big Christmas party to celebrate the hard work of all our students (and our teachers and volunteers!) We had a clown, a Christmas tree and snacks. We also have prizes to students who had improved during the term. As an extra treat we had a visit from our Education Manager Emily, who’s on maternity leave, and her lovely little boy! We wished those who celebrate a merry Christmas, and hoped everyone had a peaceful break.

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Easter fun at Whitefield School Sun, 29 Mar 2015 10:25:19 +0000 On 28th March Saturday School was shut, so we had Easter fun at Whitefield School. Children could choose from football and games with Shawkat, or craft with Kate. Here’s some photos of the sparkly dream catchers we made. Don’t they look special? Once the glitter and footballs were tidied away Lizzie and our young volunteers had prepared an Easter Egg Hunt in the playground. It was a big challenge but we made sure everyone got a chocolate treat at the end (big kids included!)


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Nowruz Celebration Mon, 23 Mar 2015 12:43:46 +0000 On 22nd March the Youth and Housing team worked together to hold a party for young men aged 15-18 to celebrate Afghan New Year or ‘Nowruz’. We made lots of delicious food, listened to Afghan music and shared stories about how we celebrate Spring around the world. We were pleased to welcome new young people to the event, as well as seeing old faces. Here’s our Mentoring Coordinator Kate learning how to make Kabuli Pilau, and some pictures of our feast.

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Science Museum Visit Sun, 15 Feb 2015 15:49:04 +0000 On Saturday 14 February the science museum visited Norbury Saturday School. Two Museum representatives delivered the event. The first part, entitled “the sleepy hedgehog”,was a interactive and interesting story telling session. The children enjoyed it immensely and some of them took part in the story.

The second session, entitled “Glorious Blood”  was also very interactive and informative. Children learned a great deal about their body and blood systems through games that kept them engaged.



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Mental wellbeing workshop Tue, 10 Feb 2015 12:46:58 +0000 On 9th February the mentoring project ran a mental wellbeing workshop. We talked about what mental health means, what it might look or feel like to have ill mental health, and where to seek support from. Get in touch with our Mentoring Coordinator Kate for more information.

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Young Volunteers Training Sun, 08 Feb 2015 12:55:39 +0000 We are lucky enough to have lots of young people aged 16-19 who are keen to support Paiwand as young leaders. On 7th February the Youth project offered some training on safeguarding, boundaries and leadership, and also helped the volunteers learn more about what Paiwand does. These young people help our Education and Youth teams as administrators, teaching assistants and reception staff.


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Change in Chair Mon, 29 Dec 2014 15:13:42 +0000 With much regret we announce the departure of Shabibi Shah as Chairperson of Afghan Association Paiwand. She has been and continues to be a great source of support for our work. We thank her for her dedication, contribution and strategic thinking over the years.

In her place we welcome Charles O’Toole, a dedicated and experienced board member, as our new Chairperson. We believe the charity will continue to flourish under his leadership.

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Whitefield Family Festival Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:15:30 +0000  



Parents and students gathered at Whitefield School in the sunshine on Saturday July 12th for a family festival to enjoy food and info stalls, live music, drama activities and a football tournament.

Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers who worked hard in the heat to run a successful day.

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Mentoring and Befriending Foundation Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:18:57 +0000 men and bef


We are delighted to announce that Afghan Association Paiwand’s Mentoring team, coordinated by Tyler Fox, has been accredited with APS (Approved Provider Standard) by the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation. APS is the national quality standard, which has been designed specifically for mentoring and befriending programmes.

Congratulations to the hard-working Mentoring team at Paiwand for their dedication and excellent work!

Information about Paiwand’s Young Refugee’s Mentoring Project, click here. Alternatively, contact Mentoring Coordinator Tyler Fox on 07432 728 424 or

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Settling down to enjoy a better life Wed, 04 Sep 2013 13:31:08 +0000  


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