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Sikhs honoured to have displayed floral arrangement at St Chad’s Cathedral Annual Flower Festival

Sikhs from the Nishkam Centre and the parent organisation, Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha (GNNSJ) were privileged and honoured to be invited to participate in St Chads’ Cathedral Flower Festival in Birmingham which took place on the 20-22 June 2014. Organised by the St Chads Cathedral Association the event was a resounding success at bringing […]


Launch of Creative English course tackles deep rooted issues

The Creative English Course launched nationally by FaithAction and delivered locally by the Nishkam Centre is set to tackle many of the community’s concerns and issues. On 13th November 2013, FaithAction won the funding to deliver Creative English, a new programme that uses unique and innovative ideas to teach English. The programme is funded by the Department of Communities and Local […]


Birmingham’s Sikh community embrace grassroots tennis fever

British tennis wants to prove the sport is accessible to all – that it’s not just for ‘the white middle classes’. As a result, the Tennis Activator coaching programme – a Tennis Foundation, LTA-backed venture – was created about two years ago. Now, in eight locations across the country, more than 600 ‘Activator’ coaches are […]

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Library of Birmingham lights up orange for Vaisakhi

On the evenings of Sunday 13 and Monday 14 April the iconic Library of Birmingham was lit up in orange to celebrate the Sikh festival of Vaisakhi, the holiest day in the Sikh faith calendar. The historic occasion marked the first time a public building in the UK has been lit up in observance of […]

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International Symposium on Forgiveness and Reconciliation

A very successful Symposium co-sponsored by the Fetzer Institute, the Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha (GNNSJ) and the Guerrand-Hermes Foundation for Peace took place on 2nd April in Birmingham, UK.  Leading thinkers and activists from many peacemaking and reconciliation organisations gathered in Birmingham both for networking and for the preparation of future collaborative activities.  The […]

Aston Villa fans give Kenyans kit to choose right paths

Aston Villa fans give Kenyans kit to choose right paths

Young football fans in Kenya have been given a lift through the gift of Premier League kits thanks to Aston Villa (key partners of the Nishkam Centre) and their fans. The famous claret-and-blue shirts have been donated by Villa fans through an amnesty that gave ‘Villans’ a discount on this season’s kit in return for […]


Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha Leeds scoops national award for Fairtrade campaigning excellence

Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha Leeds received the Best Outreach and Networking Award at the Fairtrade Supporter Conference in October 2013. It was presented by Fairtrade International Chief Executive Michael Gidney CBE. The Award recognises the achievements and creativity of Fairtrade campaigners and supporters for helping workers and farmers in some of the poorest countries […]


Madiba: A great man leaves an even greater legacy

Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha (GNNSJ) mourned the loss of Nelson Mandela with the rest of the world. The former South African President and peace advocate passed away on 5th December 2013 at the age of 95 whilst mourning we also celebrate his life and enduring legacy. Nelson Mandela was a great leader who never […]


New advice and advocacy project launched in Birmingham

A new service funded by Big Lottery and managed and coordinated by the Nishkam Civic Association (NCA) has been launched in Birmingham. The NCA in partnership with strategic partners UK Asian Women’s Centre and the Sikh Community Youth Services have launched the Birmingham Community Advice (BCA) Project which offers information, advice and guidance services via […]

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Family and community give memorable send-off to distinguished Professor

St George’s Catholic Church in Worcester attracted family and friends from across the UK to join in the Requiem Mass for Professor Peter Gilbert on Friday 27th December 2013. The Church was filled with people who wanted to give Peter a final send-off and standby the family during their trying time. Peter who was emeritus […]


Faith and health leaders gather to discuss compassion and launch a ‘faith inspired’ innovation for community care

Following the publication of the Francis Report earlier this year, healthcare professionals across the service have faced heightened scrutiny over their ability to show compassion and empathy for their patients. Whilst care and compassion have always been the values that have underpinned the ethos of the NHS, they also resonate closely with virtues propagated by all […]


Kenyan Governor visits Gurudwara and Nishkam Centre during investment mission to Europe

His Excellency Prof Paul Chepkwony, the Governor of Kericho County (Kenya) arrived in the UK seeking partners who would invest in his county. The trip included visits to Sweden and Germany. He visited Birmingham’s Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha (GNNSJ) as part of his mission to strengthen shared responsibility to develop Kericho County. His Excellency Prof Paul Chepkwony was accompanied by his Chief of Staff Charles Kirui, Dr Moses Langat and other prominent Kenyans, mainly with links to Kericho County. The reciprocal visit was arranged following the recent visit of 160 GNSSJ […]


Round-table discussion at Synagogue attracts interest and promotes interfaith dialogue

Chairman of Birmingham’s Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha (GNNSJ) and NCA, Bhai Sahib Dr Mohinder Singh was invited to the New North London Synagogue in Finchley to partake in a roundtable interfaith discussion. The event, which was about what we are doing here on earth, with four speakers renowned for their faith-inspired work, attracted enormous […]

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Sikh community rallies to Pope’s call to pray for peace in Syria and the World

Following an invitation from His Eminence, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID) on behalf of the Holy Pope, Birmingham’s Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha (GNNSJ) embraced the opportunity to show faith solidarity and pray for peace in Syria, the Middle East and the whole world.  7th September 2013 was designated […]

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Flood of generosity to support flood victims of India

A month has passed since the devastating floods occurred in Uttarakhand in India. The disaster which tore down villages, numerous roads and other vital infrastructure has claimed over 800 lives and several thousand are still missing. The Nishkam Centre is working with Divine Onkar Mission (DOM) raising cash, clothing and awareness for the international flood […]

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Faith solidarity – Birmingham Buddhist Vihara welcomes and embraces Sikh guests

Chairman of Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha (GNNSJ) and the Nishkam Centre, Bhai Sahib Mohinder Singh was one of the many distinguished guests invited to a prestigious event at the Birmingham Buddhist Peace Pagoda. The event was to mark the launch of a Buddhist Academy, the 15th Anniversary of the Peace Pagoda and a Waso Robe […]


Innovation and values key components as new NHS CEO and Executives meet with Nishkam Health Team

Newly appointed CEO of Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, Toby Lewis, along with Chairman, Richard Samuda and Non-Executive Director, Dr Sarindar Singh Sahota visited Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha (GNNSJ) and the Nishkam Centre as part of their wider strategy to work with local community organisations to improve health and wellbeing across all […]

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Her Majesty The Queen hosts Award for Voluntary Service winners

Representatives from the Nishkam Centre in Handsworth were among the many voluntary groups to be present at a prestigious event, hosted by Her Majesty the Queen at St James’s Palace. The occasion marked a celebration for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services winners from across the UK, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. The […]

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Cardinal Tauran receives Red Carpet Reception at Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha

A red carpet was rolled out to welcome His Eminence, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID) and advisor to the Holy Pope when he visited Birmingham’s Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha (GNNSJ), as part of his programme to help strengthen UK interfaith relations. Accompanying the Cardinal was Chair of […]

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Local action challenges global leaders to address causes of poverty

Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha (GNNSJ), a multi-faceted Sikh faith organisation has joined religious leaders from across the G8 countries, to call for their Heads of Government to honor commitments in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The international campaign to call for Government action involves over 60 esteemed religious leaders from across the globe, […]


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