Muslim youth group offer help for New Year’s Eve

Youths from Colliers Wood surprised elderly care home residents with food and greeting cards to wish them a Happy New Year.

Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) visited the Positive Network Centre, Taylor Rd, Mitcham on New Year’s Eve to share home-made cakes, samosas and fruit baskets with 35 residents.

Sajid Zahid, youth leader for Colliers Wood AMYA, said: “I have been involved with AMYA since I was 10 and it is the aim of our community to make a difference in the country that we live in.”

Colliers Wood AMYA has 65 members and supports a wide range of charity initiatives.This Christmas, members cooked food for 100 people and distributed it to the homeless in central London.

Osman Dean, a regional manager for the charity led the team.

He said: “Our experience was just amazing. We not only managed to feed almost 80 homeless but also passing tourists and other bystanders. People were so impressed and happy. Some were singing Christmas carols and dancing and taking pictures. It felt like a really big family reunion.”

AMYA is celebrating 100 years since its foundation this year. To find out more about the organisation, visit

Source: Your Local Guardian