Indian High Commission after years of campaigning by Keith Vaz MP has opened a Visa section for one day a week, Friday, at the Peepul Centre Leicester. The VFS Agency has started the operation on a rent free basis until March 2014 which we at the Peepul Centre agreed to facilitate so as to start benefiting the Midlands communities.
Peepul Centre is a social enterprise charity which the Ethnic Minority Foundation (EMF), another social enterprise charity, has been funding from last year though it looks as though the Peepul Centre may be making its own surplus now next year, provided we can attract commercial businesses like VFS to pay commercial rent for its office there, other ethical businesses to hire its conference rooms, communities to use its wedding facilities, theatre, restaurant, gym, and children’s day nursery.
The Peepul Centre and the Ethnic Minority Foundation are charitable enterprises which do not take money from public funds. The new Trustees are at their most comfortable to make money from running social businesses so that they can then spend the surpluses on charitable projects only.
Thus I hope to see EMF and the Peepul Centre as Model Charities in future which are self-reliant on its won charitable resources. I appreciate Keith Vaz’s help for the Peepul Centre which is in his constituency and indeed he also announced that he will be availing his mobile Diabetes Clinic Van every Friday for communities visiting the Peepul Centre to facilitate free of charge.
Anil Bhanot OBE
Peepul Centre Leicester