01PKWA Dedicated and People
Oriented

The Pakistan and Kashmir Welfare Association (PKWA) is a grassroots, community association operating from a purpose-built centre in the heart of Batley. We are committed to providing social, welfare and educational services to the general public, and in particular to the Pakistani and Kashmiri communities, of Batley; and to campaigning for positive social change on a range of issues.

02The Background

Everything Starts with a Conversation

The PKWA was established by a group of community activists in 1990. At the outset the PKWA had no premises or resources, and initial meetings were held at the homes of the founding members, who also supported the development of the organisation from their own personal resources. The initiative to form the Association arose out of growing concerns that locally the people of the Pakistani and Kashmiri community were facing exclusion in a number of key areas, such as health, housing, education and employment. Evidence from community consultation, local authority surveys and census data, as well as the anecdotal experiences reported by the community, indicated that the Pakistani and Kashmiri communities were suffering from extraordinarily high levels of poverty, ill-health, and unemployment; and the feeling was that the situation was likely to become permanent for the next generations unless serious remedial action was taken to tackle the root causes.

Building & Implementing the Concept

The founder members put together a mission statement and one of the terms of reference was to establish a community centre to meet the needs of the community. In the mid 90's, after many long struggles, the PKWA won funding from Batley City Challenge to build a community centre, and in 1998 the building was officially opened. Initially, the centre was manned entirely by volunteers, as we only received a capital grant from Batley City challenge, and neither Batley City Challenge nor Kirklees Council provided any revenue funding to pay for a centre manager, development worker or other key workers. Undaunted by the difficult task that we had set ourselves; we commenced our work programme with four key aims always in mind:

Aims and Agendas

1. To alleviate the acute problems within the South Asian community of Batley; which we identified as high unemployment, social deprivation, low educational attainment, low participation in community activities, and poor involvement in community activities by Asian women.2. To promote good relations, a positive image and a higher profile for the Asian community in Batley in the social and business context.3. To work in collaboration with other agencies and communities to address the disadvantage faced by the Pakistani and Kashmiri communities, and to support other disadvantaged communities.4. To provide a means for improving information and advice around health and social care issues, and to improving access to health and social services.
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Our Projects

Our work is the bridge the commitment and dedication of PKWA

Research

PKWA have undertaken and facilitated a number of research projects into the health and social needs of the local South Asian community.

  • The Mental Health needs analysis for the South Asian community North Kirklees.
  • The Asian Carers needs analysis, North Kirklees.
  • Department of Health funded research into ethnicity, drugs and offending.
  • Research into the social support needs of Asian elders.
  • The support needs analysis of young Asian carers in North Kirklees.
  • The support needs analysis of single parents and teenage parents in the South Asian community.
  • The housing support needs analysis of young Asians.
  • The support needs analysis of young Asian’s with drug and alcohol dependencies.
  • The childcare support needs analysis of South Asian parents in North Kirklees.

PKWA Activities

  • ESOL classes for women
  • ESOL classes for men.
  • Sewing classes for women.
  • Shama older women’s group.
  • Respect older men’s group.
  • Roshan women’s mental health group.
  • Rashme men’s mental health group.
  • Internet drop-in sessions.
  • Interpreting & translation service.
  • Cultural events.
  • Benefits advice.
  • Facilities for weddings and social functions.
  • Surgeries for immigration & nationality matters.
  • Alim extended learning centre.
  • Private tuition classes.
  • KIDZ SPACE out of school & holiday club for school aged children.
  • Community education and raising standards of achievement for school children.
  • Youth club and youth residential visits and trips.
  • Apna men’s carers group.
  • Hamara women’s carers group.
  • Carers respite garden and room.
  • Nextstep information, advice & guidance service.
  • Social services contract for mental health day care service.
  • Hamdard advocacy service
  • Summer play schemes.
  • No-Jawan personal advice service for young people.
  • Healthy eating/exercise programmes.

FACILITIES & RESOURCES

General halls: two large halls for public meetings, weddings, etc. Can be joined into one extra large hall.

Training suite 1: classroom / meeting room, can accommodate up to 30 people.

Training suite 2: flexible use space, can serve as meeting room, crèche & classroom, can accommodate up to 60 people & can be divided into two separate suites.

ICT suite: 12 broadband networked PCs.

Other Facilities

  • Semi-commercial kitchen, can be used as training facility for catering classes.
  • Therapeutic garden site with 16 individual beds for use by community groups.
  • Extensive range of toys and educational materials for ages 2 to 11
  • Jumping Jacks outdoor play area.
  • Office & reception support facilities.
  • Flexible and competitive catering services available
  • Parking space for up to 50 cars.

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