Pakistan Welfare Association Southampton
Pakistan Welfare Association Southampton
The Pakistan Welfare Association (PWA) is a grassroots, community association operating from members houses with in Southampton. Now we are looking for permanent community centre to develop the community accordingly We are committed to providing social, welfare and educational services to the general public, and in particular to the Pakistani and Kashmirs communities, of Southampton; and to campaigning for positive social change on a range of issues.
The PWA was established by a group of community activists in 1962. At the outset the PWA 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 Kashmirs 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 Kashmirs 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. The founder members put together a mission statement and one of the terms of reference was to establish a community centre.
PWA Mission Statement
Help the community to meet its needs, liaise between the community, the Government and Non-Governmental Organisations, and full fill all the gaps in between.
To educate, motivate and empower the communities to eradicate extreme ism, terrier ism, poverty and sufferings with special focus on development of vulnerable communities through capacity building, policy research, participatory and gender balanced approach.
A Caring Community in which every human has a precious life of equal values that respect freedom, equality and social harmony.
Pakistan Welfare Association Southampton aims to:
- To empower communities with special focus on women & youth through group formation, capacity building and networking. To undertake policy level advocacy and conduct research on related themes and design appropriate interventions.
- To provide access to basic health, improve functioning of existing services and hygiene education through community’s mobilization and participation. Facilitate mechanisms which promote tolerance, social harmony and peace in society.
- To empower youth and promote indigenous leadership so that they become a source of real change in local communities. To develop the basic Community Infrastructure for bringing improvement in their standard of living.
- To develop the means of sustainable livelihood for the target communities through Skill development and extension of the services of microfinance.
- To enhance literacy especially for Pakistani community living in Southampton city area. Pakistan Welfare Association Southampton (PWA) is a non-governmental, not for profit, non-political and development oriented organization operational in Southampton UK. PWA Southampton has been designing and implementing community driven innovative approaches to development. Pakistan Welfare Association strongly believes in community participation as a key factor in the development. It is strongly committed towards the well being of the communities surrounded by the widespread ignorance, poverty, multiple social backwardness, financial and educational problems. It believes in the uplift of communities through harnessing their own potentials developing linkages with relevant line agencies and building their capacities. The interventions made so far by Friends of Pakistan are totally owned by the local communities.
Established: September 1962
Registered Charity Number: 1138790
Board members: 16
Part time staff: 1
Phone number: 447969486453
Address: 98, Radcliffe Road Southampton SO14 0PRView charity accounts on the Charity Commission website