ADVICE CENTRE (SAC)
To promote educational and cultural diversity through training and employment.
To provide facilities for social welfare, recreational and cultural development.
To promote links across all sections of society.
To provide facilities
for recreation and cultural development
Salfia Association is a voluntary organization serving the needs of the local
population in West Dewsbury, the association is based 3/4 of a mile from Dewsbury
town centre just off the main Huddersfield Road (A644), it is 1 mile from both
Dewsbury and Ravensthorpe Railway Stations and from Dewsbury Bus Station from
where a regular service every 15 minutes is available to a bus stop some 300 yards
from the Centre. There are parking provisions on all the streets in the area.
Salfia Association was formed in the early 1980s by prominent members of
the local Asian community. They realised that there was a pressing need for an
Association to develop an infrastructure to deliver community projects
the local people and area to progress and to raise the profile of the Asian community
within local and national statutory and voluntary agencies.
The first generation
of Asians to live in this area, as in many other parts of the country arrived
in the 1950s and 1960s to meet the shortage of labour following the
Second World War. These new immigrants were employed in
what was effectively
an obsolescent textile industry where conditions were poor and pay was low, consequently
they were forced to live in poor housing in mainly industrial or inner city areas,
with accompanying high levels of ill health, enduring emotional and economic hardship
due to the ever present overt racism.
the mid 1970s the textile industries which had been major employers for
immigrants began to decline and many Asian lost their jobs. Without relevant qualifications
or skills, few opportunities for re-training and inadequate expertise in the English
language many of them remained unemployed.
English language acquisition is still the main barrier for many middle age or
older Asians in obtaining employment or access to services. Many Muslim families
have put their hopes in the English education system to
educate their young
people with the skills that will lift them and their families out of their poverty,
so that the younger generation can repay the moral debt to their parents for the
years of effort and suffering endured by them.
However, this has not happened
and there is a massive under-achievement by Muslim children, leading to frighteningly
high levels of unemployment among younger people and consequent inter-generational
young people who are successful in gaining qualifications often leave the area
taking their invaluable resources of human capital with them. Many of the young
people that remain are tempted into the black economy, risking prison sentences
and alienation from their families.
Salfia Association is a non-profit making organization which aims to work with
other statutory and voluntary organisations in supporting the communities of Scouthill,
Ravensthorpe, Westtown and Dewsbury Moor.
Salfia Association is based in its own Community Centre in Scouthill. At the centre
it provides a number of Social Welfare and Community Education Projects including:
Daycare for the elderly in conjunction with Sadeh Lok Housing Association.
Activity days for people with learning disabilities in conjunction with the Social
A study support centre in conjunction with the Local
Education Authority and Westborough High School.
Mothers and Toddlers
and Breast feeding group in conjunction with Surestart.
An advice centre
providing assistance to local people on issues such as Benefits, Housing, Immigration
and other issues relevant to the local community.
A womens group
that is working to increase the participation of local women in community activity.
A youth club providing recreational and leisure facilities.
Services Awareness Officer based at Salfia to raise awareness and assist in accessing
Social Services provisions and benefits.