Everyone attending really enjoyed both training sessions with Eastside Community Heritage about how to conduct oral history interviews.

During the first session, in July 2016, Judith Garfield guided us through an interactive and practical session, which covered everything from using the recording equipment to how to nod and smile during an interview. Everyone especially enjoyed little one minute talks about themselves and it was very interesting to see what people chose to reveal about themselves within a minute. We had people presenting themselves as ‘observers of life’ and ‘football fans’.

The second oral history session was as popular and useful in November 2016 about the art of listening yet being able to gather and document necessary information and relevant stories. One of the exercises was about leading questions and it was very interesting to explore and understand how our questions should be as neutral as possible.

The second part of the session – interviewing each other in pairs was excellent, especially one of the volunteers, Anahid Cahill came well prepared with incredible stories and photographs of her family and we loved listening to her.

We hope now the volunteers are armed with all the necessary stories to go out and hunt and record every family story relevant to this project!


Coronavirus Notice


Our charity is working hard to respond to the changing situation around Coronavirus (COVID-19) related issues. We do our best to continue to provide our services for our members and the Armenian community at large and ask for your patience during this challenging time.

Our staff and volunteers are working hard to continue supporting you in the best way that we can, whilst also staying on top of reducing risk of spreading infection and supporting our colleague who may be more at risk.

However, due to the current situation and in the best interest of all of us, we had to make some changes to our normal services. Starting from Monday 16 March 2020, all our services including the face-to-face advice work, the Parents & Toddlers Group, the English classes, Library, the elders lunch club and the youth club are suspended until further notice.

We ask that anyone experiencing Coronavirus symptoms or having to self-isolate due to being exposed to someone with coronavirus, does not attend Hayashen until further notice and call NHS 111 for advice.

However, as we wish to support you as best as we can, our advice work continues by telephone, email and online. You may contact us on 020 89924621 or use our website (www.caia.org.uk) to leave an enquiry or email us on info@caia.org.uk

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Misak Ohanian (CEO) & CAIA Board of Directors.           20 June 2020