Ibi Syed from the Deen Centre, Birkenhead – the Wirral Islamic Centre that is open to the whole community – has launched a new venture, Chaii Coffee, in Prenton.
This is a community coffee shop which will bring people together with tea, coffee and bites. He is working closely with an old and close friend, Dane Brookes, to make this new venue (currently take away only) a success.
On Valentine’s Day, Sunday 14 February, Chaii Coffee helped spread the love to the people of Birkenhead and the wider Wirral. Mick Whitley MP joined up with Ibi, Labour candidates for the May elections, and other volunteers to follow up on last year’s “Taste Ramadan” event to get celebration meals to some of our most vulnerable residents.
Ibi’s family and friends joined forces to make 200 meals available for free delivery. Thanks to this generosity free and tasty dinners will be delivered to many families and individuals so they didn’t miss out on celebrating Valentine’s Day.
Local Community Centres drew up lists of those in most need across different parts of the borough and a batch of meals were delivered to the YMCA for homeless residents there.
Mick Whitley MP for Birkenhead said, “Last spring it was a privilege to work with the Deen Centre, Tranmere Rovers and its Fans’ Trust, as well as Labour, trade union and community volunteers to distribute food to vulnerable people across Wirral as part of the Taste Ramadan campaign.
I applaud the Ibi’s imagination, innovation and commitment to spreading the love this Valentine’s Day and more than welcomed their invitation for me to take part. This typifies the spirit of solidarity and community cohesion that has been a hallmark of Birkenhead’s response to this terrible pandemic.”