Haqooq Aspire for More

Diane Law, Project Coordinator at Haqooq Aspire for More explains more about their work.

What is the background to your organisation?
Haqooq means ‘Our Rights’. The vision of Haqooq Aspire for More is to ensure people with diverse disabilities, their carers and people with mental health difficulties have access to opportunities to realise their aspirations.

Haqooq’s primary charitable purpose is to help our users to lead more fulfilling lives through creative expression, skills development, social interaction and increased confidence.

We provide individual sessions, group work, workshops, clubs and training in safe and caring environments, run by professional specialists, facilitators, creative individuals and artists.

The people who benefit from our work include those with physical disabilities, sensory impairments, mental health difficulties and dementia, people from diverse and disadvantaged communities as well as young people at risk or disadvantaged by factors outside their control.

What services do you provide?
We provide a range of recreation, leisure and creative activities, such as:

  • Jewellery making
  • Independent Living & Communication Development (Literacy & Numeracy)
  • Soap making
  • Fashion Design
  • Art Ability

These activities support stress relief and concentration levels as well as supporting fine motor skills. They also encourage communication, interaction and creative expression.

We are also delivering a project called Heritage ‘WohZamana – Back in the Day.

This project funded by Heritage Lottery and in partnership with Leeds Library and Information Service is engaging severely disabled young people with complex needs and disabilities and their carers from diverse BME communities to investigate their cultural heritage.

These young people will research and explore their own families and communities from the 1950s to the 1980s. They will look at teenage life for their parents and grandparents generations, looking at themes such as music, fashion, films and food.

What is the best thing about your job?
The best part of any job is helping to make a difference in someone’s life, no matter how small. Seeing individuals achieve and learn something new, acquire new skills and even connect with others.

What is the most challenging thing about your job?
Sustainability of projects is always a challenge and as a new charity Haqooq this is certainly a test for us. We have to prove ourselves in an increasingly competitive world.

If you had a super-power what would it be and why?
I would like to be able to end poverty.


January 2014