Reena nominated to carry the Olympic Flame in the London 2012 Olympic

Reena working in a Orphanage

Nominated by former Head Teacher Andy Summers in the arts and Culture Category

‘’Reena is an inspiration to many young people across the cultural and artistic world contributing at a West midland, a national and an international level with her infectious enthusiasm and constant work for her Arts initiative –Caste Away Arts. As its name implies, this theatrically based organisation has focussed on the global issues raised by Caste Discrimination and Reena has carried her positive international perspective through performance art and activity to diverse groups within the West Midlands and to challenged communities in South-east Asia. A few words here cannot do justice to the value of her work or the key reasons why she would be a worthy torch bearer, embodying the true Olympic spirit and inspiring so many young people across the world. Reena also works with vulnerable women. Her contribution to the 2012 vision would enhance the whole’’

Reena Jaisiah says:

”Carrying the Olymoic torch for Britain would be a honour and set a very good example for the young people and who knows I might be able to motivate more people to be involved in sports. I am touched not only by Andy’s nominations but others too. I had the privilege to work with Andy when he managed a PRU and I know from experience how engaging sports are and how they can impact the lives of young people in a very constructive and positive way.  Thank you so much. So hope I get through but would really have to start working hard to build up my stamina”

The Challenge meet Release UK

The Challenge (www.the-challenge.org) are a registered charity that work with young people- 15-16 year olds offering them opportunities to give back to communities like Release UK.  A few months ago I met the wonderful buzzing team of young people from the challenge who faced with the ultimate challenge.  To take on Release UK’s our creative enrichment learners.  I know how difficult it has been getting Release UK out of their comfort zones. It’s taken me almost a year to get a noise about of them. The young people at The Challenge planned a session built around this. Dance was what they chose in order to build this bridge.  They planned a session of various popular western music to get Release to release their inhibitions.  Did this work? YES IT DID. The session was an absolute success even the Mums joined in- how embarrassing! No wonder Karthik wanted run away! Nindan busted some groovey, Umai nailed it and Leshanth broke a world record of not mentioning science once! Release wants you back real soon. We did some musical statues and chairs (Yeah The GIRLS won) had a good prance around to the Macarena and good old YMCA! Loved it! Thank you so much to those who lead this session. You have inspired us so much and hope we have taught you a few moves or two.

Reena Jaisiah – Release UK Project Leader

Jazzy B ‘Guns & Guts are Made for Jatts’???

 

We just wanted to share with  you about a discussion on Asian Network yesterday. Bhangra artist Jazzy B performed at London Mela on sunday, wearing a jacket that had this embroidered on the back – ‘Guns and Guts are Made for Jatts’. Asian Network were asking if it was right of him to wear this at the family event. Jazzy B was on the show defending himself. He says he is Sikh and doesn’t believe in caste but is proud to be jatt. (Confused??!) There were obviously people who totally opposed this but an alarming number of people phoning in to support him and the slogan on his jacket! It is sad to see a talented artist like jazzy B polluting the Sikh Religion with caste. Sikhism is widely known   for promoting peace and harmony which was demonstrated so valiantly by Sikhs during the riots. What we also find very disturbing that his jacket slogan  is  promoting guns!  Bad move when so many of our youth look up to him as a role model

Listen to the show on http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b014v77v

Reena and Rena

Release UK on the Hillz

Hey you’re tuning back into the world of Release UK. It’s been a long time but the Release UK is still at it! Even in the summer holidays! Three members of our cohort, Leshanth, Nivetha and Nithisa got the opportunity to visit Hillz FM radio! They were super on air and said such inspiring things about their club Release UK. A special thanks for all the nice worlds they said about me leading the group. It had me and DJ Kate Hills on the brink of tears.

They were so fab good on air that Kate Hills has invited them for another slot to give them a real insight into the radio world. Coventry DJ Asha Banton has also been mentoring this group and will shortly be delivering one-to-one be DJ sessions and inviting the best back onto his show with some air time! Rock n’ Roll!

Reena Jaisiah