About us

Bangladesh Youth and Cultural Shomiti (BYCS)is an incorporated charity providing vital services for our local community in the Highfields and St Matthews areas of Leicester. Established in 1974, BYCShas become a trusted and high quality learning provider offering positive outcomes for individuals, families and employers from all communities, but predominantly those from the black and ethnic minority community.Our purpose is to help our customers achieve positive progression, using learning and training and employability support to move closer to the labour market and to progress within it. We are based on two sites in Highfields, one is our UK Online centre, the other is called the Bangladesh Action Resource Centre (BARC) and is home to our community and other learning activities.We are managed by a Board of Directors / Trustees and employ eight full time and 18 part-time staff. We also retain the services of a number of sessional tutors and volunteers enabling us to provide intensive support to those that need it the most.

BYCS is a quality assured organisations and we hold the following main accreditations: Matrix, Investors in People and the Legal Services Commission quality mark. We also have an active equalityand diversity policy which drives our commitment to supporting the exceptionally diverse community in Highfields and throughout our city.

Our services are focused in five main areas: adult education, learningand training (accredited and non-accredited); pre-employment support and information, advice and guidance; support for children and young people; services for the elderly and disabled people, particularly benefit advice and day care; and support services for employers and their workforce. Please refer to the individual service pages to read more about what we offer.

BYCS has a prestigious track record in identifying local need and addressing it through the use of funding derived from learningand regeneration programmes. We have experience of delivering activity across many previous and current government, local and voluntary sector programmes including: the Single Regeneration Budget (SRB), Adult and Community Learning Fund, the European Social Fund (ESF), European Regional Development Fund, Neighbourhood Renewal Fund (ERDF), Neighbourhood Learning in Deprived Communities, Working Neighbourhood Fund (WNF), the Children’s Fund,  the Parenting Fund,  the Future Jobs Fund, various National Lottery Funds including the Transition Fund .

In 2011, BYCS received the prestigious Future Jobs Fund Outstanding Training Employer Award presented by Leicester City Council.


Directors and Trustees


Abdul Bari


Nazrul Miah


Zahirul Haque


Abdul Wahid

Cultural Secretary

Morshed Alam

Sports Secretary

Ruhel Miah

Women’s Secretary

Ambia Hussain

Publicity Secretary

Azizur Rahman

Management Board Member

Humayun Kabir
Anwara Bibi
Moymun Nessa
Abdur Rahim Choudhury
Bala Bibi Ahmed
Dr Mohammed Shahidullah
Adus Salam
Majibur Rahman


Company Secretary

Dr Shofiqul Islam Chowdhury

Staff Team

Programme Development Manager

Dr S I Chowdhury

Projects Development Officers

Nasima B Miah
Ebrahim Ali
Badrul Islam

Finance and Development Officer

Shah Jalal

Crèche Staff

Tahmina Begum
Rumana Chowdhury
Gurdeep Kaur

Welfare Rights Worker

Jannatul Ferdous

Premises Worker

Laila Elbahloul

Project Assistants

Zahed Rahman
Rafiqul Islam

Bengali Language Tutors

Shoaib Ahmed
Nadira Begum
Kaneez Hoque
Arzoomand S Chowdhury
Saira Islam
Rafiqul Islam

Adult Tutors

Stephen Potter
Shah Hussain Ali
Zahed Hussain
Ebrahim Ali
Shah Jalal
Badrul Islam
Nasima B Miah