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Services Overview

NACRC is a registered Limited Company and Charity that was established in 1986 in response to demands from the African Caribbean community for a physical base from which to initiate and deliver responses to their challenges and ambitions. Its establishment was led by the Newham African Caribbean Alliance, an association of the Borough’s African Caribbean organisations, who came together to be the joint and representative voice of the black community in Newham. Are facilities are open to everyone, including persons of non-African-Caribbean origin.

Resource Support

NACRC has a core team of 9 paid staff (6 part time and 3 full time), including a 12 man management committee, 6 specialist instructors and 6 regular volunteers who oversee the delivery of a range of direct and support services to Newham communities & its environs.

The Centre provides an invaluable support to over 27 affiliate member groups and 43 non-affiliated organisations from the African Caribbean community in particular and the Newham public in general.

Services provided by these groups from the centre for the varied communities that they serve in Newham included some of the following:

a. Basic Skills Training and ESOL classes, providing language and social skills for engagement and enabling better integration into the community for Somali and Angolan women.
b. Homework Club for Somali children and a women’s Sewing and Knitting Group weekly, improving the numeric and language skills of Somali children and empowering the local women with vocational skills, thus encouraging social cohesion.
c. Saturday Supplementary School: A service aimed at assisting African Caribbean children to improve their numeric skills in mathematics and enhance their fluency and proficiency in English.
d. Youth groups engaging in such activities as singing, drama and dance, thus helping them to develop their skills, reduce anti-social behaviour and even fashion a career path for them.
e. Martial Arts lessons thrice weekly for Taekwondo and twice a week for Judo, empowering adults and young people to use their time judiciously, learn self-discipline; improve self-esteem and their overall wellbeing.
f. African Caribbean Cultural dance / drumming lessons including drama and Ballet lessons.
g. Domino Club (NACA Cavaliers) for older members of the African Caribbean community. This preventive activity creates an opportunity twice weekly for recreation and socialisation, thus reducing isolation and providing physical, mental and social stimulus for this age group.
h. Weekend activities include a weekly Friday Nite Social Club and Ladies Nite (last Friday of every month), wedding receptions, Birthday Parties, Thanksgiving and funeral ceremonies, etc.
i. Meetings, seminars, training /workshops, cultural and fundraising events take place all year round.

NACRC's Facilities

Being strategically located on 627-633 Barking Road, Plaistow, E13, the NACRC is well served by buses 5, 115, 147 and 330, including Upton Park and Plaistow underground District Line stations.

Other facilities at the NACRC that makes it suitable for training, meetings, seminars, workshops, conferences, parties and cultural events among others and particularly for the African Caribbean communities in Newham include:

• A 120-seater (with tables and chairs) air-conditioned hall situated on the ground floor. Tables and chairs are provided as part of the package.

• A fully equipped recently refurbished kitchen.

• Separate male and female toilets located on the ground floor.

• A ground floor 30-place Crèche available for hire along with the hall or separately, with its own toilets in situ.

• A paying drinks vending machine available for public use.

• 1 conference and 2 meeting rooms upstairs, with a seating capacity of 35 and 20 persons respectively.

• An overhead projector with screen and a TV/video recorder is available for use in the audiovisual room.

• Disabled toilet is suitably located on the ground floor immediately upon entering the building.

• Its own car park to the rear on Pragel Street.

• Wheel chair accessible with ramp.

• A new platform lift to serve the upper floor.

Services List

  • After School Club providing 30 places for 5 to 12 year olds, assisting pupils with their homework and improving their aptitude and social skills, etc. This has enabled over 20 parents /guardians the opportunity to stay in full time gainful employment and education or re-train for a vocational qualification to acquire the necessary skills to return to work in order to improve their quality of life
  • Holiday Play Schemes during the year (providing 28 places) that serves to enrich the children’s experiences; improve perceptions of their environment and enhance their aspirations.
  • Elderly Lunch Club and Take Away Service: This service is geared towards enhancing the general wellbeing and quality of life of the older members of our community. A nourishing and nutritious freshly cooked hot mid-day African Caribbean meal is provided weekly from our fully equipped kitchen. The service accommodates both eat in and take away customers at a very competitive rate on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Other activities, including Quadrille classes and aerobic sessions are held weekly.
  • Community Office Space Project: This hot-desking project is a social enterprise initiative set up to assist small community groups with the necessary infrastructure to start up and deliver services to their client groups.
    Bookings are taken on a three hourly block minimum in a week, charged at £10 per hour and discounts are given on a sliding scale based on the length of time booked.
  • Various events /activities are organised during the year, such as Health promotional activities (e.g. M.O.Ts), Black History Month, Tea Dances, etc.
  • A resource library with a range of materials on African Caribbean history, culture, literature, arts, etc. is available for reference and research, including the provision of written information about local services.
  • In addition to providing direct services to the community, the Centre also provides resource support and a platform for other organisations to deliver a range of services and activities from.

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