This year will mark 50 years since the South Asian community in Uganda was forced to flee the country by Idi Amin in 1972. Despite the city council trying to discourage them from coming to the city, many settled in Leicester.
It’s this story we want you to share with us.
The Belgrave Neighbourhood Co-operative Housing Association has its own connections with the Ugandan Asian Story. Mr Shantilal Makwana who came to Leicester along with thousands of other Ugandan Asians in the early 1970s became a driving force in helping to evolve BNCHA into the largest fully mutual co-operative housing association in the UK. He played a pivotal role in the campaign to save much of Belgrave’s housing from demolition, leading to the formation of the co-operative in 1975.
He then helped set up and ran our co-operative becoming Chairman in 1979 and holding this position for 33 years. Under his leadership, our co-operative grew and flourished to become the strong, independent not for profit organisation it is today.
Many refugee families lived in our homes and many still do. Were you or your family one of them? Do you still live in Belgrave and in one of our properties? Do you remember the families arriving in the city and seeing new faces in the area? What was your reaction to the new arrivals?
We want you to share your story and pictures with us. Especially if you have any photos of you or your family in one of our properties.
We are holding a couple of sessions to which you’re invited to.
In association with the Documentary Media Centre and the Peepul Centre as well as our sponsor -Pinnacle Group, we would love for you to share your story with us so we can share it with others.
Friday 8th July – Peepul Centre, Orchardson Way, Leicester – 10:00 – 3:00pm
Tuesday 19th July – Belgrave Neighbourhood Co-operative Housing Association – 131, Loughborough Road, Leicester, LE4 5LQ – 6:00 – 8:00pm
If you would like to come and join us, please let us know.
Contact Rupal Rajani – 07936 028730 or email firstname.lastname@example.org