SADACCA

Sheffield and District African Caribbean Community Association

About US

 

SADACCA LIMITED has been in operation for over 30 years and boasts a number of successes both in terms of the range of activities it provides to the community and the variety of groups using the facilities. Prior to 1986 SADACCA operated as the West Indian Association, an organisation formed in 1955-56 by a small number of dedicated Caribbean people who had come to this country determined to improve their standard of living. The justification for its existence became apparent because of the lack of available facilities where their children could have a safe and welcoming environment to play and enjoy their youth. This same group of people approached Sheffield City Council with their concerns and were able to secure a prefabricated hut at Oxford Street for use as a youth club. The club was known by the children as the ‘bug hut’. The realisation of actual needs of the Caribbean community became more prominent. Subsequently, they got together to identify a larger place to organise community meetings and functions to encourage participation in cultural and educational activities.

The group has progressed from humble premises and started forming activities for the unemployed such as the Adult Education programmes and other community facilities to combat deficiencies in mainstream services. Since that time the services of the organisation include childcare facilities, a luncheon club for the elderly, a Saturday school and an advice service predominantly for the African Caribbean community. In 1980 the organisation’s dream to expand its services was realised when they identified 48 Wicker St. to house these services. With support from the community especially the architects and labourers who provided their time free of charge, some council officers and business people, what was previously the Old Samuel Osborn Steelworks Building was transformed into a Community Centre. The community centre and Social Club was opened in March 1986 when it started to operate under the name of SADACCA

Our vision is to be the leading organisation in providing a voice and quality services on behalf of the African Caribbean Communities of Sheffield.

 

Our priories 2016-2019

 

These priorities represent what we plan to do:

  • Self-sustainability through fundraising and our own economic development (Development Company)

  • Providing community care providing day care and home care whilst promoting health and wellbeing.

  • Promoting full participation, voice and influence

  • Education and training in partnership with Sheffield College, The University, Job Centre Plus and other training providers.

  • Young people engagement through music and sport in partnership with the sports club.

  • To secure 48 Wicker and the retail shops for the Afro Carribean Community

  • Provide recreation for people of all ages in-house  groups, affiliates, and the wider community

  • Seek to establish a community radio

  • Promote cultural activities and community cohesion

  • To employ a full-time manager/chief executive to implement the plan.

Vision of success

 

 In 2016 – 2019, SADACCA will still be:

  • Providing the only community-based  facility for African-Caribbean people.

  • Running a successful Day Care Centre for the elderly community members.

  • Providing facilities for hire by external businesses, companies and individuals.

  • Providing facilities for events such as funerals, birthday parties, presentation evenings, fundraising activities and promotions.

  • Hosting long standing  community groups such as the Men’s Group and Women’s Group for elderly members of the community.

  • Running coffee mornings for community members to enhance their social, emotional and mental well – being.

  • Providing facilities for youth music groups.