International Peace Charter for Forgiveness and Reconciliation launched at the House of Lords

HOUSE OF LORDS, LONDON, UK, 21 NOVEMBER 2022 – Developed over a decade of international dialogue and consultation, the Peace Charter for Forgiveness & Reconciliation was launched at the 3rd Peace Forum held on 21 November 2022 at the House of Lords in Westminster, London.  The distinguished venue, at the heart of Westminster democracy, provided […]

NishkamSWAT has been supported by Noon Products for several years

A chilled food manufacturer based in Southall has donated a van to a local charity to help with its distribution of food to those in need. Noon Products Ltd started supporting NishkamSWAT’s community support outreach programme at the time of the Grenfell fire. Noon provided the charity with microwavable ready meals for people while they […]

Queens Baton Relay receives spiritual blessing from Birmingham’s multifaith communities

A demonstration of Community Spirit in abundance was displayed as Birmingham 2022 stages the 16th official Queen’s Baton Relay – an epic journey across the Commonwealth’s 72 nations and territories, travelling 4,000 kilometres via land, air and sea over a period of 294 days before reaching Handsworth, Birmingham. Hundreds of members of Handsworth’s and Birmingham’s […]

Nishkam Civic Association Chairman appointed Patron

The board of trustees of Nishkam Civic Association (NCA) has appointed Bhai Sahib Dr Mohinder Singh Ahluwalia as Patron and member of the charity.  Otherwise known with affectionate regard as Bhai Sahib Ji, he is the founder of the NCA and served as its chairman for twenty years, directing the construction of the £7.5m iconic […]

UK faith leaders support the Queen’s Green Canopy

Faith Leaders from across the UK, led by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby, are urging faith communities to plant trees in honour of Her Majesty’s lifetime of service to the nation, through The Queen’s Green Canopy initiative which was launched on Monday. In a special video message, the Archbishop of Canterbury […]

Nishkam Civic Association announces Strategic review

With lockdown easing, forward-thinking charities have been positioning themselves to be more resilient, service focused, strategically connected and relevant in the post-Covid world. As we witness cuts in public spending, reductions in the grants and other funding that became available for businesses and the third sector to reach out to the most disadvantaged communities, the […]

Nishkam Centre Director honoured to receive vaccination from a distinguished West Midlands Fireman

As many leaders from across Birmingham and the nation step forward to take the vaccination and encourage communities to take the vaccination, the Nishkam Centre Director, Amrick Singh joined them having been invited to take the jab. Amrick Singh was invited as part of the latest cohort to have the vaccination and wanted to encourage all those getting the invite to attend […]

Birmingham Cathedral hosts a Choral Evensong with special prayers for the Royal Family

As the country mourns the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh and pray for the Royal Family, Birmingham Cathedral during the Choral Evensong, The Second Sunday of Easter, remembered the Duke and Royal Family. In line with lockdown regulations the ceremony was attended by a very limited invited guest list. The guests were all seated […]

A Statement from the Leaders of Birmingham’s Faith Communities

A Statement from the Leaders of Birmingham’s Faith Communities on the occasion of the death of His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip As the principal leaders of Birmingham’s major faith communities we wish to express our deep sadness at the news of the passing of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, this […]

Vaisakhi Message 2020

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh  In these times of self-isolation and social distancing we must pray; we must pray alone and also find new ways of using technology to pray together. We are seeing Gurudwaras, Mosques, Churches, Temples, Synagogues and even people’s homes being used as makeshift sacred broadcasting studios. Whilst we may be physically isolated, we should […]

Prof Ramandeep Narang, Principal Dr Kavipal Singh, Bhai Sahib Bhai Mohinder Singh and Dean Dr Ramandeep Singh

Nishkam Campus welcomes visitors from the Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Dental Sciences in Amritsar, India

The Nishkam campus welcomed visitors from the Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Dental Sciences & Research last week. They were keen to understand what activities and programmes the campus was engaged in and how it was all managed. The guests were shown around the campus and able to engage in discussions with, Bhai Sahib […]

L to R - Amrik Bhabra, Zulfigar Khan, Amtul Qudus, Gohar Ali Khan, Nishat Riaz, Bhai Sahib Bhai Mohinder Singh, Muhammad Ali, Jarnail Singh Bhinder, Ravinder Singh.

Distinguished guests from the Pakistan British Council visit Nishkam Campus

The Nishkam family had the pleasure of welcoming members of the British Council (Pakistan) to the Nishkam Campus last week. The purpose of the visit was to build bridges and get to know each other to explore future collaboration opportunities. On a surprisingly sunny January afternoon in Birmingham, British Council Pakistan members were taken on […]

World Economic Forum 2020 in Davos invites Faith Leaders to participate in key discussions

The theme for the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting this year (21-24th January 2020) was ‘Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World’. It brought together 3,000 participants from around the world and aimed to give concrete meaning to “stakeholder capitalism”; assist governments and international institutions in tracking progress towards the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable […]

Amrick Singh, speaks on behalf of, and accompanied by, some members of the Birmingham Faith Leaders Group

Holocaust Memorial Day 2020 – Birmingham Faith Leaders #StandTogether

The Nishkam Centre Director was honoured to be invited to speak at this year’s Holocaust Memorial Ceremony, hosted by Birmingham City Council. The theme for this year was ‘Stand Together’ – it explored how genocidal regimes throughout history have deliberately fractured societies by marginalising certain groups, and how these tactics can be challenged by individuals […]

Innovative Book Launch on Values

The Nishkam Centre had the pleasure of hosting a launch for the revolutionary book, The Values Compass on the 18th of January, where the author, Dr Mandeep Rai, took the audience on her journey as to how the idea began and flourished into this intuitive manuscript. Bhai Sahib, Bhai Mohinder Singh OBE KSG, one of […]

Chiara Lubich

Journeying in Dialogue; 100th Anniversary of Chiara Lubich’s Birth

A celebration marking the 100th Anniversary of Chiara Lubich’s birth was held on Saturday the 18th January at the Elgar Hall, University of Birmingham (UOB). Chiara Lubich was the founder of Focolare, and the Movement has now moved beyond its origins in the Roman Catholic Church and now involved Christians of many churches, followers of […]

Bhai Sahib, Bhai Mohinder Singh, Chairman of Nishkam Group of Organisations with Prof Upkar Singh Pardesi, Vice Chairman of Nishkam Centre presented with IiV Certificate

Nishkam Centre reaffirms commitment to prestigious Investor in Volunteers Standard

At the last Nishkam Civic Association Board Meeting of 2019 the Chairman and Board were presented with the prestigious certificate. The Nishkam Centre had been put through its paces by an assessor from Investing in Volunteers (IiV) who tested the organisation against nine indicators to confirm continued adherence to the IiV Standard. The Centre provides […]

Saïd Business School shares ground-breaking art exhibition on interfaith dialogue

Saïd Business School, University of Oxford hosted a thought-provoking exhibition that celebrated and gave insight into interfaith dialogue and solidarity. Titled ‘A Witness to Power’ the exhibition combined two striking series of works by the artist and social historian Nicola Green to eloquently depict the messages of unity and strength in diversity; a message very much […]

A group photo outside Nankana Sahib Gurudwara

Historic visit to Pakistan and India to mark 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji

On Friday 1st November 2019 Bhai Sahib Bhai Mohinder Singh OBE KSG, accompanied by an internationl cohort of 650 members of the Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha decended on Lahore, Pakistan and made history. Never before had a group from so many countries, forming a single group, visited Pakistan with the sole purpose being to […]

Birmingham Sikhs convey personal message of gratitude and thanks to Honourable Imran Khan, Prime Minister of Pakistan

With the Almighty Waheguru Ji’s blessing having enabled group of 650 members of the congregation of Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha (GNNSJ) to travel together to Pakistan, Bhai Sahib Mohinder Singh OBE KSG personally met with Prime Minister Khan to convey sincere heartfelt thanks. The yatree (pilgrims), of all ages from across the globe, travelled […]

Declaration of the 10th World Assembly of Religions for Peace

Preamble We – 900 women, men, and youth – have gathered in Lindau, Germany, coming from 125 countries for the 10th World Assembly of Religions for Peace. We are grateful for 49 years of determined focus on building peace and on speaking for those most in need. We are an alliance of care, of compassion, […]

Peace Charter for Forgiveness and Reconciliation adopted by 10th World Assembly of Religions for Peace in Lindau, Germany

The Peace Charter for Forgiveness and Reconciliation was adopted by the 10th World Assembly of Religions for Peace(RfP) which convened from 20-23 August 2019 in Lindau, Germany. The World Assembly, opened by the President of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier on 20 August 2019, was attended by some 900 global religious leaders and delegates. Religions for Peace […]

University of Birmingham Celebrates a Mega Event in Sikh History

An estimated 25,000 people joined in the celebration of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of the Sikh Dharam (Faith), at the University of Birmingham. Five continuous days of activities were arranged for all communities to reflect upon the inclusive, transformative human-values propagated by Guru Nanak Dev Ji – the […]

Creating a Movement for a Peaceful World

A Seminar on the Charter for Forgiveness and Reconciliation was held on the 2nd November 2018 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Canada TORONTO, ON (November 1, 2018) – The Parliament of the World’s Religions (PWR) – the single largest interfaith gathering in the world – commenced its seven-day programme today in Toronto, drawing an enthusiastic audience […]

World’s largest interfaith gathering begins in Toronto

Parliament of the World’s Religions runs from Nov. 1 -7 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre  TORONTO, ON (November 1, 2018) – The Parliament of the World’s Religions – the single largest interfaith gathering in the world – kicked off its seven-day run today in Toronto, drawing an enthusiastic audience interested in learning more about interreligious […]

Birmingham Faith Leaders remember 9/11 and bless the Charter for Forgiveness and Reconciliation

The Birmingham Faith Leaders Group (BFLG) met on the 17th anniversary of the shocking events of September 2011. The Group is composed of the principal leaders of Birmingham’s six major faith communities – Christians, Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus, Buddhists and Jews. The Group grew out of the immediate aftermath of the tragedy of 9/11 and the […]

2nd Annual Peace Forum on Forgiveness and Reconciliation ‘When I felt forgiven, I stood taller, because I felt free’

The second Annual Peace Forum on Forgiveness and Reconciliation, convened by the Charter for Forgiveness and Reconciliation and hosted at the Nishkam Centre, took place on Sunday 4th February 2018. It began with the viewing of the ‘Journey of Forgiveness & Reconciliation’ Exhibition over lunch within the Nishkam Heritage Centre. The exhibition, lovingly developed by […]

The Birmingham and the Black Country Sikh Migration story continues as the project celebrated the touring exhibition’s new location at the University of Wolverhampton

The touring exhibition, which was first launched at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery in July this year, will also visit four other locations, including the Nishkam Centre, Dudley Library and Sandwell Community History and Archives. The project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, details the journeys and contributions made by the Sikh community in Birmingham […]

Historic ‘Walk of Hope for Peace and Harmony’ illustrates the strong relationships across Birmingham’s diverse communities

More than 120 representatives of diverse communities from across Birmingham and beyond came together for a ‘Walk of Hope for Peace and Harmony’ in Handsworth the 26th October 2017. The community came together as a sign of solidarity and recognition that whilst being different we have so much in common. The event, planned, coordinated and […]

High Commissioner of India to the UK pays respects to Guru Granth Sahib Ji at Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha, Birmingham, as part of the year-long 350th Birth Anniversary Celebrations of Guru Gobind Singh Ji

The High Commissioner of India to the UK, H.E. Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha, pays respects to Guru Granth Sahib Ji at Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha, Birmingham (GNNSJ) as part of the year-long 350th Birth Anniversary Celebrations of Guru Gobind Singh Ji. Patna-born Mr. Sinha, who was accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Girija Sinha, and the […]

Nishkam family and the City of Birmingham remember elder statesman who has passed away

The community has suffered a major loss as one of the pillars of the Sikh community in the UK, Mr Sewa Singh Mandla OBE, a proud member of the Birmingham Faith Leaders Group, Trustee and Non–executive member of the Nishkam Civic Association and former Chair of many Trusts and Boards, aged 90 passed away on […]

Interfaith leaders standing together in front of the International Peace Palace, The Hague

Peace Pledge Project Symposium

International interfaith luminaries took part in the Peace Pledge Project Symposium, held at various venues in the Netherlands on 11th-14th September 2017. The three-day symposium included: ‘Virtues of the Heart’ sessions, involving interfaith inspiration, dialogue and sharing educational best practice, held at the Universal Sufi Temple, Katwijk, and the Sufi Centre, The Hague. ’Relate your […]

UN Secretary General and Religious Leaders Unite to Launch Plan of Action to Prevent and Counter Incitement to Violence

The first ever plan of action designed to prevent incitement to violence that could lead to atrocity violence was launched on 14 July 2017, at a meeting held today in the ECOSOC chambers at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The plan of action was developed by the United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and […]

UK Sikh Community Joins Millions in Global Prayer to End Famine

On Sunday 21st May 2017, Religions for Peace (RfP), joined with 70 organizations around the world, including the Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha, to support the Global Day of Prayer to End Famine, an initiative co-led by the World Council of Churches. People of all faiths joined together in places of worship across the globe, […]

Chaplaincy from the Heart of Faith

Representatives from various faith traditions came together to develop a ( Level 4) ‘Understanding Chaplaincy from a Faith Perspective’ training course. The collaboration was funded by the Urban Church Fund through the Near Neighbours Programme and delivered by experienced project co-ordinator and tutor, Narinder Kaur.­ Participants helping in the formation of the course included those […]

Prime Minister Theresa May praises multi-faith Nishkam Primary School Birmingham

Theresa May visited Nishkam Primary School Birmingham today, where she praised pupils, staff and the community who are closely involved with the pioneering free school. The Prime Minister spent time in the classroom with eight-year-old pupils who demonstrated their knowledge of an artist, Henri Rousseau, and discussed JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books with her. Talking […]

World Interfaith Harmony Week 2017 Event on Forgiving and Reconciling in a Contemporary World: A call to action

The event opened with a prayer invoking God’s mercy and blessings. ‘The Power of Forgiveness and Reconciliation in our Contemporary World’ was the title of the forum on peace held on 4th February 2017 by the Charter for Forgiveness and Reconciliation. The event was attended by a diverse audience with people from many different faith […]

Sikh migration project launch: How will you tell your story?

“We are all refugees and migrants on this planet”, said Bhai Sahib Bhai Mohinder Singh (OBE KSG, Chairman of Nishkam Civic Association), during the launch of the Sikh Migration research project at the Nishkam Centre on 25th January 2017 to an audience keen to participate in the project. “Where did I come from? “Where are […]

Takhat Sri Harmandir Ji, Patna Sahib delegation meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding 350th Prakash Purb of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji taking place in January 2017

A delegation from Takhat Sri Harmandir Ji, Patna Sahib met with the Honourable Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi today at Parliament House, to invite him to attend the 350th Prakash Purb of Guru Gobind Singh Ji at the Takhat Sahib, during the first week of January 2017. The Prime Minister gladly accepted the invite […]

Birmingham & Black Country Sikh Migration Story project up and running thanks to Heritage Lottery Fund

The Nishkam Civic Association has been granted £80,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to develop and deliver a project on ‘The Birmingham & Black Country Sikh Migration Story’. The project will capture the retrospective journey of the Sikh population in Birmingham and the Black Country, from the first generation to the current day. The […]

Santander grant to enhance services to the community

On Friday 29th July 2016 senior members of Santander visited the Nishkam Centre to present a cheque for £5,000 from the Santander Foundation. This was a great opportunity to share information and better understand each other’s organisation. The Santander Foundation is at the heart of the bank’s community activities, providing grants to small charities and […]

Nishkam volunteer completes gruelling 130 mile bike ride to raise funds for Queen Elizabeth Hospital

To look at Tarlok Singh Virdee is your average 60 year old from Leicester’s Sikh community. However, the Nishkam volunteer is prone to taking on something quite extraordinary be it weightlifting, cycling, donating or pushing his body to the limit. The year has been difficult for him and his family with the loss of two […]


Mr Sewa Singh Mandla (89), a high profile lawyer and a community and inter-faith leader in Birmingham has been appointed Officer of British Empire (OBE) in recognition of his 50 years’ legal, human rights and selfless community voluntary service in West Midlands. As a long serving volunteer at the Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha (GNNSJ) […]

Birmingham’s Sikh community marks the end of year and beginning of a New Year with prayer for World Peace

Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha (GNNSJ) invites all communities to unite in prayers for peace during the festive season. The organisation has facilitated and organised eleven day prayer services for the benefit of all humanity twice every year since 1976. This year is even more poigniant in light of recent events carried out by misguided […]

International President of Initiatives of Change visits Nishkam campus

On Friday 4th December, Dr Omnia Marzouk, International President of Initiatives of Change (IofC) accompanied by Elsa Vogal and Bill Ozanne visited the Nishkam Group of Organisations. This auspicious visit has paved the way for fruitful collaboration opportunities that will benefit humanity for generations to come. On arrival to the Gurudwara Sahib and campus Dr […]

Phoenix Newspaper 5th Anniversary Gala Dinner and Awards Presentation Ceremony honours Bhai Sahib (Dr) Mohinder Singh

A delegation from the Nishkam Group of Organisations was invited to The Phoenix Newspaper 5th Anniversary Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony at Bethel Convention Centre to mark the newspaper’s achievements on Saturday 5th December 2015. The black tie, red carpet event was sold as it was marketed as ‘the event to be seen at for […]

Students host exciting interfaith concert

Talented students from local Christian schools and the Nishkam School, supported by musicians and a whole host of volunteers will make special appearances during the “Start Now” concert with international musicians Gen Verde, on Wednesday 2nd December, 7.30pm at Elgar Hall, University of Birmingham. The Gen Verde band are members of the Focolare Movement founded […]

Musical First at the Nishkam Centre gets full house – Sangeet Baithak attracts admirers!

On Saturday 28th November music lovers from many parts of England gathered to enjoy an evening of Indian classical performances at the Nishkam Centre. This event was held to support students – the next generation of artists – and build a platform for their future musical careers. This was the Nishkam Centre’s first Sangeet Baithak. […]

Bomet County (Kenya) Governor visits Gurudwara and Nishkam Campus as part of UK collaboration visit

During a landmark trip to the UK to strengthen trade and investment links with the Kenyan diaspora and in particular with Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha (GNNSJ) and the Nishkam Campus, His Excellency Iasaac Ruto, the Governor of the County Government of Bomet, Kenya came to the Gurudwara. He had one prayer – to improve […]

Prayers in Harmony attracts interest from all faiths and none

On Thursday 20th November the Nishkam Centre was honoured to host a multi-faith event, Prayers in Harmony, to mark Interfaith Week 2015. It also served as show of solidarity with the recent Paris events and the other atrocities around the world. The event began with a meet and greet over light refreshments allowing all to […]

Parliament Week event encourages the Sikh community to engage in democracy

On Saturday the 21st of November the Nishkam Centre hosted a “Parliament Week” event to raise the awareness amongst young children, students and adults from the Sikh community in Birmingham. The aim was to get people to engage with the democratic processes at local, national and European level whilst identifying the barriers holding them back. […]

Paris terror attacks – A message from Bhai Sahib Bhai Mohinder Singh OBE

Press Release: Statement by Bhai Sahib, Bhai (Dr) Mohinder Singh OBE Spiritual Leader and Chair of Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha (UK) regarding the recent attacks in Paris As the horrific events of Friday 13th November in Paris unfold and we get more information about the tragic occurrence, our thoughts and prayers go out to […]

I Am Birmingham – Birmingham unites for victims of terror attacks

The people of Birmingham paid their respects to the innocent lives lost in recent terrorist attacks, at a candlelight vigil in St Philips Square. The Birmingham branch of national charity Citizens UK held a vigil last night to remember the 129 people who died in Paris on Friday, following a terrorist attack on the city; […]

European Council of Religious Leaders: Our heart goes out to the people of France

European Couencil of Religious Leaders Media Release Muslim, Jewish, Christian and European Religious Leaders of all traditions stand united in grief and anger about the terrible attacks in Paris. Upon witnessing the unfolding violence in Paris the Moderator of the European Council of Religious Leaders (ECRL) Revd. Dr. Thomas Wipf stated: “We, people of all […]

Sikh Environmental Day marked by planting 70 trees along Canal

The 14th March not only marked the beginning of the Sikh New Year, the Gurtagaddi Diwas (enthronement day) of 7th Sikh Guru, Guru Har Rai Ji, it also is now celebrated as Sikh Environment Day. Members of the Sikh community from across Birmingham, Wolverhampton and the Black Country came together to join regular volunteers overseen […]

Former head of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue visits Gurudwara and Nishkam Centre

On Tuesday 10th November, Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald visited the Gurudwara served by Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha (GNNSJ) and the Nishkam Centre as part of his trip to Birmingham. The visit was a session following the Archbishop’s first visit to the Nishkam Group of Organisations in 2000.   Archbishop Fitzgerald, believes the impetus for interreligious dialogue […]

St Chads Cathedral vigil for Syria and refugees attracts cross community support

On Tuesday 6th October, Birmingham’s St Chad’s Cathedral hosted a vigil for all the refugees that were suffering across the world and in particular Syria. The event saw people from all walks of life and faith denominations come together to show solidarity with refugees. The Vigil was open to all. Representatives of many faiths were […]

Sikhs visit historic Qur’an Sharif manuscript

On Friday 23rd October Bhai Sahib Bhai Mohinder Singh, accompanied by an internationlly renowned photographer, academics and civil society represetatives visited Birmingham University where a Qur’an Sharif manuscript was showcased. Thanks to modern scientific methods, it is regarded as one of the oldest in the world. The visit was befitting as Bhai Sahib Ji had […]

Dalai Lama hosts interfaith meeting ‘The Preservation of Religious Culture and the Cohesion of Faiths’

The 21st September 2015 saw dignitaries and distinguished guests invited to the House of Lords for a meeting organised by the Buddhist Society of which His Holiness the Dalai Lama is Patron. Bhai Sahib Bhai (Dr) Mohinder Singh OBE was the Sikh representative at the prestigious meeting entitled ‘The Preservation of Religious Culture and the […]

Faiths for Earth Campaign‏ – A message from Bhai Sahib, Bhai Mohinder Singh

Dear brothers and sisters of the global Sikh panth, Waheguru ji ka Khalsa, Waheguru ji ki Fateh As a co-leader and co-animator of the above campaign, I write to you concerning one of the greatest challenges that we all face today: the challenge of protecting the earth and its climate.  If we stay on our […]

Local visionaries celebrated by launch of memorable new coins

Inspired by the innovations and technical breakthroughs in coinage at Matthew Boulton’s Soho Mint in the 18th century, Birmingham Museums Trust, Soho House and artists Chris Poolman and Elizabeth Rowe launched ‘Good Money – A Currency Competition for Handsworth’. The launch event on Saturday 23rd of May attracted members of the community from all walks […]

Health experts and faith communities explore the way forward on End of Life Care

The Nishkam Healthcare Trust held a conference on 18th May on ‘End of life care – the Role of Faith and Hope’. The event was a collaboration with Birmingham healthcare commissioners in order to give voice to community needs at the end of life. Faith communities took to the stage to offer personal experiences and […]

Sikh spiritual leader receives OBE for services to interfaith and peace

Bhai Sahib Dr. Mohinder Singh, Chairman of the Nishkam group of charitable organisations based in Birmingham today received the Officer of British Empire (OBE) from The Prince of Wales in recognition of his unstinting and inexorable work over forty years to promote peace and coexistence by bringing people of different faiths together to contribute to […]

Sikh spiritual leader honoured in Queen’s New Year list

Bhai Sahib Dr. Mohinder Singh, Chairman of the Nishkam group of charitable organisations based in Birmingham has been appointed Officer of British Empire (OBE) in recognition of his unstinting and inexorable work over forty years to promote peace and coexistence by bringing people of different faiths together to contribute to the common good of humanity. […]

West Midlands Faith Forum “No Place Like Home” launches Interfaith Week

The  West Midlands Faith Forum (WMFF) adoption and fostering services event, “No Place Like Home”, marked the launch of Interfaith Week 2014 in Birmingham. The event was well attended by people from many of the faith traditions and none across the city. Birmingham’s faith communities, during discussions at the Birmingham Faith Round Table, have declared […]

Nishkam Centre’s Birmingham Community Advice Services Event challenges current provision and paves the way forward

As the Birmingham Community Advice (BCA) project continues to offer much needed advice and guidance across the City, the consortia held a consultation event with strategic partners and opinion formers. The event attracted interest from across the City and was well attended by service providers and those with an affinity to such services.   The […]

Over 200 faith groups, MPs and government policy leads agree- Faith is Too Significant to Ignore!

Wednesday the 19th November, was a significant day for FaithAction and faith groups across the country. As we gathered in the beautiful Assembly Hall in Church House Westminster, Amrick Singh (Director of Nishkam Centre and part of the FaithAction advisory group) starting proceedings with a warm welcome. Amrick started with that all important question- ‘Why […]

Museum of World Religions AGM and project development meeting hosted in Birmingham

The Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha (GNNSJ) Gurudwara and Nishkam Centre were honoured to host the Museum of World Religions (MWR) Working Committee for a marathon two day gathering and Annual General Meeting this week. The Museum of World Religions (MWR) will provide an opportunity for people of different backgrounds to get to know, understand, […]

Battle of Saragarhi brings British Army to Birmingham Gurudwara

Brigadier Abraham accompanied by colleagues from the British Army visited the Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha (GNNSJ) Gurudwara and Nishkam complex as part of the high profile commemorations of the Battle of Saragarhi. Bhai Sahib Bhai Mohinder Singh, Chairman of GNNSJ, who manages the selfless services of the Gurudwara on Soho Road and Chairman of […]

Birmingham Faith Leaders Group host Annual Interfaith Service for Peace at the St Thomas Peace Garden

A multi-faith Peace Service was held at the Peace Gardens in Birmingham with the aim of bringing the city’s major religions even closer together. The Birmingham Faith Leaders group, which was created in the wake of the 9/11 atrocities, held its annual Inter Faith Service for Peace at the St Thomas Peace Garden in Bath […]

The Third GCGI Award is to be presented to Bhai Sahib Bhai Dr. Mohinder Singh Ahluwalia

The Third Globalisation for the Common Good Initiative (GCGI) Award for Public Service in the Interest of the Common Good In current days of spiritual hunger, when the world of knowledge and competence is in a constant state of flux, the Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha, under Bhai Sahib’s visionary leadership has become a beacon […]

Uplifting and spiritually infused Civic Service paves the way forward

The Civic Service held at St Martin’s Church in the Bull Ring provided a serene setting to officially mark the welcome of the new Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Shafique Shah. The opportunity to renew commitments to public service for Birmingham and its citizens and to ask God for his blessing set the scene for […]

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 […]

Aston University awards Nishkam Chairman Honorary Doctorate of Science

In a graduation ceremony held in the magnificent surrounds of Birmingham Town Hall on Tuesday, 15th April 2014 three leaders joined more than 520 postgraduate students from across Aston’s four Schools to receive recognition.  During the 2014 graduation ceremony, the University awarded three honorary degrees to leading religious and business figures. They were Sue Noffke, […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Her Majesty The Queen greets Bhai Sahib

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Birmingham takes a front seat at the inauguration of Pope Francis

Birmingham was honored to have a front row seat at Pope Francis’ inauguration ceremony with Bhai Sahib Mohinder Singh, Chairman of Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha (GNNSJ) and Nishkam Civic Association witnessing the grand ceremony. Tens of thousands turned out in St Peter’s Square to create a sea of flags and banners for the new […]

Handsworth’s ‘Walk of Witness 2013’ – Bringing together communities

Twelve churches came together to walk the length of the famous Soho Road, to celebrate and share a historic moment. The Good Friday walk saw communities walking side by side and then culminating in an uplifting faith inspired service held near the Soho Road Gurudwara. The event was a national observance and celebration of the […]

All Party Parliamentary Group visit Birmingham to witness ‘faith in action’

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Faith and Society, chaired by Stephen Timms MP, including Jim Dobbin MP, Sir Peter Bottomley MP, Baroness Kathleen Richardson and Lord Sheikh visited Birmingham to explore how faith based initiatives are promoting wellbeing and providing services in the City. The delegation visited local faith centres including Birmingham Central […]

Community says “No to Race and Hate Crime”

Leading experts from around the UK converged at the Nishkam Centre, at the end of October, to share their understanding of and efforts towards dealing with Race and Hate crimes. Addressing the Coalition Government’s “Challenge it, Report it, Stop it” action plan, the conference shed light on many underlying factors that needed to be considered. […]

Driving for Charity

The challenge was to drive 2,500 miles, taking 12 days to complete and to engage as many people as possible. The main beneficiaries were the Anthony Nolan, the Stroke Association and the Rik Basra Campaign. The purpose was to raise funds and more importantly to raise awareness of some life-changing and life-saving facts.    The Nishkam […]

Statement from the Nishkam Civic Association – Wisconsin Gurdwara shooting

Wisconsin Gurdwara shooting – our thoughts and prayers Two weeks ago we saw a tragic chapter unfold in the USA when, in Oak Creek Gurdwara, Wisconsin, an armed assailant opened fire on Sikh worshippers. This marked a low in community relations and cohesion; something many of us never want to see again. As Sikhs, like […]

Statement from Birmingham Faith Leaders to the Sikh Community‏

The following statement has been agreed by the non-Sikh members of the Birmingham Faith Leaders’ Group as their message of condolence to Sikh brothers and sisters who have been affected by the recent shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. To view, please click here