History, strengths, and areas of expertise:
PKWA was established in 1990 with the aim of redressing the inequalities faced by the Pakistani & Kashmiri communities of north Kirklees in all areas of life. Our objectives are to work effectively with local partners to remove barriers to inclusion. Whilst we tackle the exclusion faced by the wider south Asian community, we are particularly focused upon those sub-sections of the community who face additional barriers: mental health sufferers, carers, women, the elderly, disaffected young people, ex-offenders, etc.
We operate from a purpose built community centre in the heart of Batley. The centre’s operations and activities are overseen by a small management team, who answer to the management committee and board of trustees, who are members and representatives off the local Pakistani and Kashmiri communities. PKWA is part of a consortium of community centres across Kirklees which are owned and led by the South Asian community. The consortium shares resources, works collaboratively, and plans services strategically to ensure best use of available resources. Within the consortium, PKWA takes the strategic lead for Health and Education, and we are leading the consortium's key strategic aim of developing services for offenders, ex-offenders and their families.
PKWA works predominantly in north Kirklees, although each individual project has its own boundaries, and we have delivered services throughout Kirklees.
PKWA have worked extensively with disadvantaged community groups, such as people recovering from mental ill health, carers, disaffected young people, offenders and offenders’ families, etc; and have established care plan models which monitor and chart individuals’ needs and progress.
PKWA have been providing social, welfare and educational services to the local community for some 30 years; and have delivered projects on behalf of community education, social services, the Department of Health, North Kirklees PCT, Next Steps West Yorkshire, UKONLINE, Job Centre Plus, The University of Lancaster, Leeds Met, Dewsbury College, Huddersfield University, Bradford University, The Big Lottery Fund, The Learning and Skills Council, NOMs, West Yorkshire Probation Service and many others. Projects have varied in scale and value from projects of a few thousand pounds value with a very narrow remit to projects in excess of £100,000 a year, requiring comprehensive monitoring systems to be developed and overseen. We have a skilled and experienced management team with many years’ collective project management experience.
Organisational strengths are project development and management; social research; advocacy, advice and guidance; community education (personal and professional); civic engagement and participation; community development; peer mentoring and support; and general pro-social engagement. We are in tune with the pulse of the local community and are able to respond swiftly to identify social trends and to act as a positive engine for individual and community advancement, community cohesion, and social welfare.