Mayor of High Wycombe

Mayor’s Appeal 2012-13

 

The Mayor, Cllr Chauhdry Shafique MBE, has chosen to support two charities during his mayoral year.

 Wycombe Homeless Connection [formerly known as the Wycombe Winter Night Shelter] was set up in 2007 by individuals from local churches in the town.  The charity successfully helps homeless people in High Wycombe to rebuild their lives by assisting them not only to find accommodation but also to develop skills to live independently and take a full part in the community.

 Their core activities are: referrals to relevant specialist agencies; helping assemble funding [benefits, crisis loans or Rent Deposit Guarantee Scheme]; help with resettlement [private, rented or therapeutic] and eviction prevention.

 WHC also provide a Winter Night Shelter for the three cold winter months; practical help with recovering ID, reconnecting with health services, food packs, clothing, help with moving-in as well as guidance to build life-skills through mentoring and confidence through art projects and reducing isolation through drop-ins and community- building evenings.

 More information is available at http://www.wyhoc.org.uk

An Islamic Garden or Gulshan-e- High Wycombe.  Gulshan means ‘beautiful garden’.

 The Islamic Garden concept is a powerful vehicle for ‘bridge building between faiths and cultures, particularly between Islam and the West. 

 A garden is a potent symbol for drawing peoples together because its prime materials are plants, trees and flowers which by their nature speak of tranquillity and peace.  Moreover, water, the supreme element in an Islamic garden, has the universal symbolism of purity and heavenly mercy.

 The steering committee set up in 2008 has successfully achieved charitable status this year and hopes, before long, to create an Islamic Garden in High Wycombe to support and promote friendship and understanding in the whole Wycombe community and beyond.

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Written by mayorsparlour

7 April 2010 at 1:43 pm

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