£18,530 over 3 years

Salaam Peace is a community organisation based in East and North London that uses sports, media and education to engage children, young people and adults. They work in the heart of the community developing local residents into positive role models and leaders who design, develop and drive our projects forward.

Website: www.salaampeace.org

Specific Project

The project is called Step Up and consists of a thirty week annual delivery programme. This is split into five blocks of six weeks. Each block includes: a numeracy session, a literacy-themed session, presentation skills and leadership skills.

Each session includes one hour of the above and a second sport-based hour. Over the weeks they will deliver sports sessions in football, basketball, fitness and cricket. Over the course of the year they will target students from each year group beginning with Year 11 pupils in block one and finishing with Year 7 pupils in block five.

They have Paralympic Gold Medal Winner Tim Prendergast as a guest motivational speaker for one session per block. Tim overcame the loss of his eyesight in his childhood to continue his love of Athletics, eventually winning the gold medal in Athens. Tim is an exceptional role model and currently leads the Sky Sports Living for Sport initiative. Tim will focus on goal setting and how to achieve your target.

Step Up will utilise their current pool of young leaders from the Walthamstow and Leyton area to deliver the project. This will mean that not only are the participants benefiting, but the staff involved will be too. Step Up will be based at Leyton Jubilee Park. The borough invested a lot of money and time to develop this area as part of their Olympic legacy promise. Step Up will ensure that local young people have regular access to this facility promoting education and sports to develop skills to ensure education and employment aspirations are raised.

Community worker honoured by PM for lifelong positive impact

A former community worker who founded a community interest company that runs sports programmes aimed at improving interfaith relations in Waltham Forest has been named a Point of Light by Prime Minister David Cameron.

Sabir Bham is the Founder and Director of the company, Salaam Peace, which he set up after the 7/7 attacks in London. Sabir was shocked to discover that fellow members of his community could be motivated to carry out such heinous acts and decided to do something about it in order to restore community cohesion and interfaith relations.

The organisation brings young people from different religions and backgrounds together by organising a number of sporting events in the local area. Around 600 young people participate in the programme every week which offers opportunities in sport events, homework clubs and mentoring. Other members of the community are also involved in volunteering for the charity which provides training, development and new skills that can help them gain employment. They have raised over £600,000 for the charity so far which goes into running events for the local community.

Forty-year-old Sabir is the latest recipient of a Point of Light award, which recognises outstanding individual volunteers, people who are making a change in their community and inspiring others. Each day, someone, somewhere in the country is selected to receive the award to celebrate their remarkable achievements.

Sabir has been volunteering in his community since the age of 14. As a lifelong volunteer and community champion he is all too aware of the positive impact strong role models can have on a community. As well as the Salaam Peace charity, Sabir has also set up a network with seven other partners to share best practice, link organisations to funding sources and to take part in events such as the Eid Cup. Sabir is already busy preparing for the next Interfaith Cup which takes place on 7 November.

Prime Minister David Cameron said:

“Sabir has harnessed the power of sport to bring people together to help unite people from a huge range of backgrounds to make a real difference within his community. The value and importance of his work is shown by the hundreds of young people that take part in activities organised by Salaam Peace every week, and the wider community who give their time to support his work. I am pleased to be able to recognise his service with the UK’s 376th Points of Light award.”

Sabir is the 376th winner of the Points of Light award which has been developed in partnership with the hugely successful Points of Light programme in the USA and was first established by President George H. W. Bush. Over 5,000 US Points of Light have been awarded and both President George H. W. Bush and President Barack Obama have publicly supported the partnership with Points of Light UK which honours shining examples of volunteering across the country.

Regardless of whether it’s a doctor restoring local monuments in her free time, a father teaching young people life skills, or a local musician giving a voice to lonely people, the Point of Light award honours shining examples of volunteering across the UK.

Sabir Bham said:

“It’s an absolute joy to receive this award. After the 7/7 attacks, I personally experienced the impact it had on tearing the community apart and I wanted to do something to change it. We always teach the young people in our programme, ‘be the change you want to see’. We tell them not to wait for someone else to do the work but to do it themselves. This is something that all of the volunteers have signed up to and I am honoured to accept this award on their behalf.”