Brief History

The organization emerged from the West Indies Association in the early 1955 and was formally constituted and became as is commonly known throughout the city as SADACCA (Sheffield and District African Caribbean Community Association) based at 48 Wicker Sheffield in 1986. This was the culmination of years of work from a dedicated first generation African and Caribbean members of the community, who saw a need to meet the socially, family and community needs of the African and Caribbean community at the time. Over the years the organization built up a reputation of being a multi-use space, inclusive and imbedded in the memories of many generations of people of growing up in Sheffield over the decades.

In 2015 the current directors at huge personal and financial risk to themselves took on the responsibility to gift back SADACCA to the community and save it from closure. The wealth of experience between the three of them covers education, probation service and community organizing – enabled a proactive plan focused on survival in the first 5 years to takes place. Review and address the debt issues it was straddled with review all stakeholder’s involvement, governance, management, debt management, impact of previous management decisions, accountability financials control.

It was agreed that when they took over ,initially they would need to stabiles the organization, which was undertook in the first 4 years up to and including 2019 and currently are transitioning into a period of regrowth and thriving but with the caveat there is still some significant work to do.

Placing the organization at the heart of the city in terms of its vision for the next 50 years , being fit for purposes for a new and refreshed offer to communities and being the anchor organization not only for those of African and Caribbean descent but being an inclusive and collaborative space reflected of the communities it serves and future generation of those early pioneers of the city.

Our Board Of Directors

Robert Cotterell

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Olivier Tsemo

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Robert Walcott

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OUR PRIORITIES 2020-2025

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 African Caribbean 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

Mission

SADACCA Riverside Renaissance:
• To be the cultural hub of a socially inclusive space that caters to the needs of people from the African Caribbean communities.
• Acts as an anchor organization serving the needs of the communities in the Riverside and Wicker as a bridge between the Heart of the City and the emerging International Business Corridor.
• To re-establish voice and influence in the city for those have feel they have been marginalized and excluded from the life of the City.
• To reestablish support and services that caters to the intergenerational needs is a culturally accepted safe space in the city for Communities.
• To deliver first class customer service in all areas of delivery: domiciliary care, employment and enterprise, sports and culture, young people engagement, music and arts, health and wealth being, co-working and collaborative working space for startups.

Vision and value

To imbed a culture of transparency, efficiency into a citywide anchor organization serving the needs of African and Caribbean communities as well as for the benefit of all communities to the betterment of the city of Sheffield.

Values we will adhere to:
• fairness in our approach,
• uplifting and empowering those we serve,
• positively and proactively engaging with all our stakeholders,
• reestablishing and enhancing our partnerships,
• restoring pride in an inclusive space as envisioned by our founding pioneers.

Strengths

  • 35-year history of the organisation going back to the early pioneers of the African and Caribbean communities
  • embedded in people’s cultural and lived experiences of growing up in the city of Sheffield everyone knows or has a connection to SADACCA.
  • significant community space with a variety of uses multipurpose and multi-functional space that caters for a variety of activity that has taken place everything from:
    • domiciliary care,
    • music and arts,
    • health and wellbeing,
    • youth work
    • employment and enterprise
    • homework clubs,
    • men’s groups
    • women’s groups
    • sports and culture,
    • archiving and history projects.
  • Track record of delivering infrastructure community support
  • Strong management team with a very clear vision and focus for the organisation
  • Dedicated team of volunteers working with the board of directors to realise the vision
  • Mitigated the worst of the impact of the last 5 years despite significant barriers to achieving this undertaken an ambitious debt management programme, re-engaged with the community, enabled new start-ups to take place, supported new talent in the city.
  • Currently undergoing a transition period from surviving to thriving