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Directory of Minority Ethnic Organisations

Baha’i Community of Gillingham

Contact: Mr Faran Forghani, Secretary

Email: faran.forghani@blueyonder.co.uk

Address: 39 Moor Park Close, Rainham, ME8 8QS

Phone: 01634 389364 / 07957 466559

Membership: Open to all

Sunday class: Understanding virtues, unity and diversity

Prayer meetings take place on the first Thursday of the month, 8-9am

Not funded by Medway Council.

Bangali Language School “Shishu Kishor Club”

Contact: Nilufar Chowdhury, Chairman

Email: niluchy@hotmail.co.uk

Address: 6 Milton Road, Gillingham, Kent ME7 5LN

Phone: 01634 851433 / 07502 284454

Meetings take place at Chatham Grammar School for Boys

Sessions take place on Wednesdays, 5–7pm

Classes for mums and children offered in:

  • ICT, basic knowledge of computers
  • short course for teaching
  • henna
  • yoga
  • swimming
  • badminton
  • outing, day trips or educational trips.

Provides information on Eid and cultural festivals.

Not funded by Medway Council. 

Chatham Memorial Synagogue

Contact: David Herling, Honorary Secretary

Phone: 01634 831998

Website: www.chathamshul.org.uk/

Meetings take place at: 266 High Street, Rochester, Kent ME1 1HY

Sessions take place on the Sabbath and festivals

Membership: Open to Jews

Not funded by Medway Council

Community Interpreting Service (CIS)

Contact: Elizabeth Bird

Email: cis@medway.gov.uk

Address: Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Level 3, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR

Phone: 01634 335577 / 01634 331286

Membership: Open to qualified interpreters and translators.

CIS provides training for new interpreters.

Classes offered to 18-year-olds and older: Annual 60-hour training for bilingual individuals "Community Interpreting Skills Essential Skills and Knowledge"

Funded by Medway Council

 

Czechoslovak Society in Medway

Contact: Mrs Monika Oravcova

Email: monika.oravcova@boracademy.org

Phone: 07771961610

Membership: Open to Czechs and Slovaks and anybody interested in Czech / Slovak culture

Classes offered include:

  • Dance Group at Bishop of Rochester Academy (12 to 16-year-olds).

Not funded by Medway Council

Hindhu Sabha

Contact: Mr Ajay Attra

Email: ajayattra@hotmail.com

Address: 22 Cranleigh Gardens, Chatham, Kent ME4 6UN

Phone: 07940 569999 or 07903 158040

Website: www.medwayhindusabha.com/

Meetings take place at: 361 Canterbury Street, Gillingham, Kent ME7 5XS

Sessions take place on:

  • Monday to Sunday: 8.30am –11.30am
  • Monday to Saturday: 6pm – 8pm
  • Sunday: 2pm – 4pm

Membership: Open to Hindus

Classes offered to seven to 18-year-olds in:

  • Hindi
  • dance
  • Dholki
  • cultural.

Not funded by Medway Council

Kent Malayalee Association

Contact: Dr V Parameswaran

Email: kentmalaylee@yahoo.co.uk

Address: 7 High Bank, Rochester, Kent ME1 2XJ

Phone: 01634 880698 / 07795 575791

Meetings take place at: Sunlight Centre, 105 Richmond Road, Gillingham, Kent ME7 1EX

Sessions take place on Saturday, 2–6pm

Classes in sports and language offered for five to 18-year-olds

Not funded by Medway Council

Kent Muslim Welfare Association

Kent Muslim Welfare Association

Contact: Dr Craig Kennett (also known as Azeem Nader, General Secretary)

Email: anwarkhan1987@hotmail.com

Address: 114 Canterbury Street, Gillingham, Kent ME7 5UH

Phone: 01634 850878 / 07739 008000

Meetings take place at: Jamia Mosque, 114 Canterbury Street, Gillingham, Kent ME7 5UH

Sessions take place on the first Sunday of every month; there is an annual general meeting and extraordinary meetings.

Membership: Open to any member of the Muslim community living within Medway. For voting purposes, at least six months' membership is needed.

Provides information on:

  • Eid-Ul-Fitre
  • Eid-Ul-Adha
  • weekly men’s and women’s study circles.

Not funded by Medway Council

Kent Ramgarhia Darbar, Sikh Temple and Community Centre

Contact: Mr M S Paddom

Email: jasmissan@hotmail.com

Address: 63 Franklin Road, Gillingham, Kent ME7 4DJ

Phone: 01634 576899

Fax: 01634 576618

Sessions take place on:

  • Wednesday, 6pm – 8pm
  • Friday, 6pm - 8pm
  • Saturday, 7am to 8.30am
  • Sunday, 7am to 1pm

Membership: Open to any member of the UK Ramgarhia Community

Classes offered in:

  • Yoga - Tuesday and Friday, 9am - 10am
  • Panjabi - Sunday, 10am - 11am.

Information offered about:

  • Birthdays of Sikh Gurus, Maharaja Jassa Singh
  • Ramgarhia anniversary
  • Vaisakhi
  • Diwali
  • New Year.

Not funded by Medway Council

KUT O Chinese Association

Address: 340 High Street, Chatham, Kent ME4 4NR

Phone: 01634 841026 / 07836 660151

Contact: Tsang Tin Sung

Sessions take place every day

Membership:  Open to the Chinese community

Classes for all ages offered in:

  • English
  • health and hygiene
  • Tai Chi
  • lion and dragon dancing.

Provides information on:

  • Chinese New Year
  • Mid-Autumn Festival.

Funded by Medway Council

KUT O Chinese School

Contact: Siu Tong Lam

Email: siu11lam@yahoo.co.uk

Address: 340 High Street, Chatham, Kent ME4 4NR

Phone: 01634 294329 / 07773 7565922

Sessions take place every Sunday, 1pm – 3.30pm

Membership: Open to all aged four to 18 years who want to learn Chinese

Offers classes in Cantonese for all age ranges up to GCSE and A Level students

Not funded by Medway Council

K-Ying Chinese Elderly Association

Contact: Yin Yau

Email: siu11lam@yahoo.co.uk

Address: Sunlight Centre, 105 Richmond Road, Gillingham, Kent ME7 1EX

Phone: 01634 338607 or 07775 89276

Sessions take place Monday 10am – 3pm except holidays

Membership: Open to Chinese elderly aged 50 and older

Classes offered in Tai Chi and English

Provides information on:

  • Birthday parties
  • Chinese New Year
  • Christmas
  • Mid-Autumn Festival
  • May Day.

Funded by Medway Council

Medway Adult Learning and Community Service (MALCS)

Membership: Open to residents of Medway who are eligible for LSC funding

MALSC is part of Medway Council

Medway African Caribbean Association

Contact: Carol Stewart

Email: info@medwayafrocarib.org.uk

Address: Sunlight Centre, 105 Richmond Road, Gillingham, Kent ME7 1EX

Phone: 01634 338618

Saturday School takes place on Saturday 12noon–2pm. A small fee is charged.

Membership: Open to anyone

Classes offered include:

  • Senior Citizens Drop-in (every Tuesday, 1pm – 3pm at  Sunlight Centre)
  • Urban Steps for 13 to 25-year-olds (Friday, 7pm - 8.30pm at The Brook Theatre).

Not funded by Medway Council

Medway English Training Community Interest Company

Contact: Cathy Rahmanzadeh

Email: cathy@metcic.co.uk

Phone: 01634 573867 / 07944 464882

Membership: Open to anyone who is facing barriers to employment or in the workplace and would benefit from English training.

Classes offered for adults in:

  • English for speakers of other languages
  • Literacy classes
  • Teacher training in these subjects
  • Community Development work.

Funded by Medway Council

Medway Hindu Community Centre

Contact: Mrs Priti Joshi

Email: Mhcc71@hotmail.com

Address: 69 The Everglades, Hempstead, Gillingham, Kent ME7 3PZ

Phone: 01634 316884 / 01634 375944

Membership Open to Hindus

Offers information on faith events and cultural events, and youth groups

Not funded by Medway Council

Medway Human Rights and Equality Council

Contact: Azhar Mahmood

Email: mrec@hotmail.co.uk

Address: Gun Wharf, Level 3, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR

Phone: 01634 333880

Meetings take place from 9.30am - 4.30pm

Membership: Open to Medway residents, 18-year-olds and older

Not funded by Medway Council

Medway Towns Gurudwara Sabha

Contact: Mr Parminder Singh Upple

Email: psupple@hotmail.co.uk

Address: Cossack Street, Rochester, Kent ME1 2EF

Phone: 07949 228255

Membership: Open to 18-year-olds and older who believe in Sikhism

Classes offered include:

  • Community language development - Saturday 10am – 12noon

Provides information on:

  • Birthdays of Sikh Gurus
  • Vaisakhi
  • Diwali.

Funded by Medway Council

Polish Saturday School

Contact: Monika Limanowska

Email: mlimanowska@yahoo.com

Address: 90a Franklin Road, Gillingham, Kent ME7 4DG

Phone: 07847 221866

Classes offered for three to 14-year-olds in:

  • community language
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science.

Not funded by Medway Council

Siri Guru Nanak Gurdwara

Contact: Mr J.S. Bassi

Email: info@thegillinghamgurdwara.co.uk

Address: Byron Road, Gillingham, Kent ME7 5XZ

Phone: 01634 850921

Sessions take place from 6am – 7pm

Membership: Open to all

Offers Panjabi and computer classes to all ages on Friday 5pm – 7pm and 2pm – 4pm

Provides information on:

  • Birthdays of Sikh Gurus
  • Vaisakhi
  • Diwali
  • Lohri.

Not funded by Medway Council

Siri Guru Ravidass Sabha

Contact: Mr Mohan Lal

Email: info@ravidasia_medway.co.uk

Address: 1 Vicarage Road, Strood, Kent ME2 4DG

Phone: 01634 71195 / 01634 296366

Sessions take place 6am-8pm daily

Membership is open to the Ravidass Sikh Community

Community language classes for seven to 15-year-olds are offered on Saturdays, 2pm – 5pm

Provides information on:

  • Birthday of Guru Nanak Devji
  • Guru Ravidass
  • Diwali
  • Vaisakhi
  • Lohri.

Not funded by Medway Council

Swale Indian Association

Contact: Mr Santonh Vidyarthi

Email: goodomalik@hotmail.com

Address: Borden Villa, Borden Lane, Sittingbourne, Kent ME10 1BY

Phone: 01795 436606

Offers classes on:

  • Hindi
  • Indian music.

Provides information on Diwali

Not funded by Medway Council

Swarah Arts Foundation

Contact: B. Balagopal

Email: balagopalkent@gmail.com

Address: 377 Luton Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 5BH

Phone: 07855 769395 / 01634 402438

Meets in Chatham during the evenings

Membership is open to anyone

Offers arts classes for five to 19-year-olds

Not funded by Medway Council

Welcome Day Centre, Ethnic Minority Senior Citizens Association

Contact: Mrs A Preet Chandler

Email: welcome@daycentre44.wannadoo.co.uk / preet_wdc@yahoo.co.uk

Address: 44/46 High Street, Chatham, Kent ME4 4DS

Phone: 01634 844639

Sessions take place Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9am – 4.30pm

Membership:  Open to 55-year-olds and older

Classes for seven-year-olds include:

  • Yoga classes on Wednesday, 11am to 12noon

Provides information on:

  • Diwali
  • Guru Nanak birthday
  • Eid
  • Christmas.

The centre is supported by Medway Council but no funding is received for the activities above.