The Southall Day Centre has celebrated its 40th anniversary at a special event with Virendra Sharma MP for Ealing Southall and the Mayor of Ealing, Cllr Tejinder Dhami.
The Southall Day Centre is one of the oldest Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) charities in the country, having originally formed in 1978 to provide services for the growing older population for first generation Asian immigrants to Southall, Ealing. The Centre has grown dramatically from its origins and currently delivers a wide range of services to the Ealing community and the surrounding boroughs – regularly providing support to over 2,000 customers a year.
The centre has been hugely successful in delivering positive health, social wellbeing, financial and economic outcomes for its customers through its main areas of work, which include health and wellbeing, advice and information, and learning projects for adults.
The Southall Day Centre is a subsidiary of Catalyst Housing. Catalyst – then Ealing Family Housing Association – was one of the Centre’s first supporters by providing its first permanent location, and has helped the charity grow to what it is today.
Rod Cahill, Catalyst Chief Executive said: “We at Catalyst are immensely proud of the work of the Southall Day Centre over the past 40 years. It has been an integral part of the community, open 365 days a year, and helping people, including many of our residents, in so many different ways – combatting loneliness, advising on financial problems, learning new skills. It is a remarkable place and Santosh Kanwar deserves huge credit for her inspirational leadership and the whole staff and volunteer team for their skill and commitment.”
Santosh Kanwar, Head of the Southall Day Centre, said: “Southall Day Centre provides a really important service to more than 2,000 members of the community, some of whom are particularly vulnerable. I have been with the centre for more than 35 years and seen it grow into what it is today. We’re extremely proud to be celebrating 40 years of success and to continue our work in supporting our community.”
Virendra Sharma, MP for Ealing Southall said, “It is an honour to be able to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Southall Day Centre. I have known the centre very well throughout its history and it has helped so many people from Southall and across Ealing, and it has become an integral part of the community. ”
Cllr Tejinder Dhami, Mayor of Ealing said: “I first arrived in this country and in Southall in 1962. My family have been involved in the Indian Worker’s Association and I am aware that the Southall Day Centre had its roots there at a time when there were next to no facilities for Asian elderly. I have known the work of the centre from its beginning and it has helped many thousands of people over the past 40 years and it gives me great pleasure, that as the Mayor of Ealing, I am able to join them on the very special occasion of the centre’s 40th Anniversary.