SAFSS Named as ‘Charity of British Asian Hafta’

SAFSS Named as

Local organisation Sandwell Asian Family Support Service (SAFSS) has been named as one of the nominated charities for ‘British Asian Hafta’.

Based in Smethwick, SAFSS supports South Asian children, young people and young adults with disabilities by providing a range of quality care services and opportunities to enhance their quality of life. SAFSS runs an After School Club, provides domiciliary care (care at home service), a young adults group, parents and carers support group and a liaison and outreach service. All SAFSS service users are of South Asian origin (Bangladeshi, Indian and Pakistani) and are aged 0-35 years.

British Asian Hafta (Week) celebrates the contributions made by British Asians to the UK. It runs between October 27th and November 9th during which a series of events will be held to highlight the achievements of British Asians and the breadth of talent within the community.

The celebrations start with the British Asian Hafta Awards Dinner 2007 on Sunday 28th October at the International Convention Centre and the awards will include the performance of an exclusive track written by Taz (Stereo Nation) and many other artistes.

Chief Executive Parpinder K Dhatt said “As the chosen charity for British Asian Hafta Sandwell Asian Family Support Service will highlight the achievements and contributions made by British Asians with disabilities.
SAFSS is the only charity exclusively working with and representing Asian children, young people and adults with disabilities in the West Midlands and by being part of the Hafta, all members of the community are involved.
It is a privilege for us to be chosen as the named charity and an excellent platform for SAFSS to highlight the needs of South Asian children and young people with disabilities. We thank the organisers for choosing SAFSS.”

Gurjeet Bains, Chief Executive Officer of Women of Cultures, said “Asians have contributed to British life in every aspect and we are delighted that Sandwell Asian Family Support Service are the chosen charity of British Asian Hafta.”

The recognition by British Asian Hafta follows a very successful six months for the charity. SAFSS received an ‘Outstanding’ in its After School Club Ofsted inspection in August and received a ‘Good’ from the Commission for Social Care Inspectorate (CSCI) following its inspection of its domiciliary care service. In September SAFSS won “Out of School Club 2007” awarded by the Early Years and Childcare Unit of Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council for “outstanding practice and examples of creativity for its work with South Asian children and young people with disabilities.” SAFSS recently celebrated its 21st anniversary with a star-studded event and raised over £4,500 for activities for children and adults with disabilities.

For further information regarding this media release contact Claire Bradshaw on (0121) 558 2198 email Claire.bradshaw@blueyonder.co.uk

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