See below details of forthcoming events at Hayashen

 HAYASHEN eBulletin
July 2020

Renovation of Hayashen

In case you don’t already know, while the pandemic has closed our doors to regular services, we have been able to do some renovation of the building in preparation for when we can return to usual delivery at the Centre once again.

We have given the Monte Melkonian Hall and the external façade of Hayashen a fresh coat of paint.  The next phase will be to replace the aging vinyl flooring and to safeguard the roof with fresh underlay roofing felt.

In the meantime, throughout the pandemic, dedicated staff and volunteers have been delivering services in different ways, especially virtually, but we are really looking forward to the time when we can welcome back all who rely on their weekly social and lunch club, children and youth services, quality marked advisory services, educational activities such as English language classes, the library and our new digital inclusion project, at the Centre in person.

These are exciting changes for the Hayashen Centre, which has served the London Armenian community for over 25 years since we purchased it in 1995.  The renovations can only take place through membership and additional donations. So, we would be honored if you could support us to help make our Hayashen a home again for the thousands of people who visit the Centre annually. You can contribute directly to the  CAIA online via the following link:


Re-Opening Hayashen

As lockdown begins to ease we are planning to gradually reopen some of our Centre based activities in July.

Parents & Toddlers Group – Monday 20th July, 10am-12.30pm – One day a week
Hayashen Armenian Youth Club – Friday 17th & 31st July, 5.30-8.30pm
Hayashen Seniors Social/Lunch club - Friday 24th 12.30-3.30pm

Following detailed operational considerations, we have taken the following reasonable precautions which we hope everyone will appreciate and respect.

Signage – New welcome signs when entering Hayashen (see above)
Handling goods and other materials – Limiting this to only trained staff, including
entry to kitchen
PPE and face coverings - free for all visitors
Space and Social Distancing – We are promoting good social distancing within the
premises by ensuring that workspace, furniture and equipment arrangements are in
line with government guidelines to reduce transmission risk.
Hygienic – new wash your hands signage
Cleaning – we are cleaning the premises more frequently

CAIA is Hiring

We are recruiting a part time Administrative Officer to join the team at CAIA. Please click here to see the job description.

Anyone interested can request job application form by writing to CAIA at:


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We are temporarily expanding our free food distribution.

In addition to helping vulnerable older people, carers, and people with disabilities, CAIA is now able to offer free food and groceries until 6 August 2020.  Our offer will stop after this time as it is anticipated that the current situation will have
normalised sufficiently enough for people to return to work, or for access to food to be easier.

So that we know who would like our support and to include you in our distribution we would like to hear from:
– People unable to afford food due to Covid-19 related income reduction such as furloughing or unemployment.
– People who may require interim support accessing food until the economic situation has stabilised or are on welfare benefits.
– People who have moved into temporary accommodation as a result of COVID-19 e.g. those who have left home due to domestic abuse, newly released prisoners, the newly homeless or any other legitimate reason.

We shall keep your inquiries confidential.

For further information, please contact Misak Ohanian, at CAIA on 0208 992 4621.

World Refugee Day 20th June

During refugee week CAIA was mentioned in the following article on the People’s Health Trust Website.

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