Empowering Individuals Developing Communities

Action for Community Development (AfCD) is a community-based organisation assisting socially excluded members of the community such as ethnic minorities, refugees and asylum seekers and unemployed people in general.

We give impartial, reliable and professional training, information, career advice and guidance.

AfCD’s Response to Covid-19

AfCD takes the threat of Covid-19 on our staff and volunteers very seriously and have put in place measures to protect the health and safety of our staff, volunteers and beneficiaries in the communities we serve.

Based on UK Government guidance our UK office is currently closed and most of our staff and volunteers are now working remotely so that we can continue operations as much as possible given the current circumstances in the UK.

Wash Hands, Cover Face and Make Space Anti Coronavirus sanitisation at the centre

To visit and gain access to our centre, you will need to:

  1. Have your temperature taken and recorded using the INFRARED FOREHEAD THERMOMETER. This applies to all staff, volunteers, clients and visitors.
  2. WASH YOUR HANDS or use HAND SANITISATER supplied as you gain entrance.
  3. Wear your FACE MASK while in the centre. However, the centre also has spare ones should you need it.
  4. Download the NHS COVID-19 App to your mobile phone and use it to SCAN the QR CODE as you check-in.
  5. Maintain SOCIAL DISTANCING while in the centre.
  6. Be aware that the centre is COVID-19 CLEANED on Mondays aside from any other days.

Our Background

AfCD had established to respond to reports that people from the Black, African and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities feel alienated from sources of advice, advocacy and training. AfCD is an initiative that provides support for raising the profile and influence of the Black Asian Minority Ethnic residents.

There remain challenges to improve engagement and increased social inclusion. National statistics suggest that issues of inequality persist between different communities in British society.

Our role is to break down these barriers bringing about economic justice and equal opportunities for the benefit of the wider community. We manage a resource centre in South London which offers comprehensive services to the BAME communities in particular. These are in the form of advice, information, casework, advocacy, counselling and training.

Our dedicated team reaches out to those people migrating to the UK from other countries while working with those settled in the UK on a low income. We support the transition from dependency to produce a sustainable living.

Our team consists of people with vast experience who have an unparalleled passion and enthusiasm for their work. We work with existing partners to pool expertise and maximise resources available for supporting our clients towards their pathways to resettlement, mainstream education and employment.

Our Objectives

  • To provide information, advice and resettlement assistance to refugees and immigrants
  • To provide training and guidance in the community
  • To promote empowerment, self-advocacy and encouragement among refugees, black, Asian and ethnic minorities (BAME) and other disadvantage members of the society to contribute their skills to the benefit of the wider community
  • To provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, resource assistance and coordination with other community-based organisations
  • To carry out research and publications on issues of socio-economic development and human rights
  • To set up projects as well as collaborate with existing indigenous Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in the developing world whose works are geared toward the development of civil society and the reduction of poverty

Our Mission

AfCD was founded with the mission to promote community building and social transformation in diverse and under-resourced communities. We do this through specific and measurable approaches designed to enhance the capacity of individuals. These include from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic or refugees and other underprivileged groups. We support disadvantaged members of the community by helping them define their path to bring about social change.

Social transformation and community development can only occur in a society free from all forms of oppression and is culturally dynamic.

We will work with our networking partners in providing information, advice and guidance to these individuals in meeting their needs. We would also provide ample training resources and community engagement in developing responsible and active citizens.

“Our highest endeavour must be to develop free human beings who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives”.

Rudoff Steiner

Working from the principle that every community has strengths and resources that can be brought together to achieve the goals of its members, AfCD aims to contribute to the creation of a better future through the following projects:

  • Docklands Training Centre (DTC)
  • Community Health Project (CHP)
  • Community Volunteering Project (CVP)
  • Community Legal Centre (CLC)
  • International Partnership Program (IPP)

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