About Us

What We Do

We are a charity aimed at supporting refugees and asylum seekers from new emerging communities across North West England. We have a range of services aimed at addressing cultural issues affecting the health and wellbeing of predominantly African immigrant families. Since 2012, our focus shifted to combating Violence Against Women and Girls, particularly gaining recognition for our work against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

Our Vision

Our vision is a world where everyone feels valued, heard, and respected. We treat every individual with dignity and ensure their voices are heard.  

Our Pledge

At NESTAC, we pledge to stand for the rights of our clients. We will advocate, raise awareness, and work for policies that protect their safety and dignity. We stand with women and girls by creating safe, supportive environments, amplifying their voices, and ensuring their rights are upheld.

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Our History Timeline

NESTAC was founded as a non-profit organisation in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, with a commitment to addressing the socio-cultural and well-being needs of dispersed African migrants in the local community.
NESTAC supported refugee and asylum seeker families in Rochdale. The "Karibu Africa Festival" celebrated diversity and African culture. We collaborated with Refugee Action for business workshops. NESTAC delivers services across Greater Manchester. NESTAC's membership grew with representation from 39 African countries, 7 Asian countries, and 9 European countries. Our volunteers speak over 15 languages. We partnered with a local college for English language support.  
NESTAC partnered with Cartwheel Arts for the publication of "Homelands," sharing stories by African people in Rochdale. We promoted health and wellbeing through Community Health trainers. The second Karibu Africa Festival featured Sue Duvaney from TV show Coronation Street, performing with NESTAC’s young people. We introduced the Women and Girls program, including the Cultural Awareness Training for Immigrant Women (CATIW) and the Afro-Euro Hair Braiding Course known as the "ABC Project." 
The fourth Karibu Africa Festival, sponsored by the Arts Council, featured Congolese musician Awilo Longomba. NESTAC also published the RED Study, examining the impact of the economic downturn on refugees and asylum seekers, highlighting the challenges they face in integrating into wider society. 
NESTAC becomes a registered National Supplementary School (NSS) offering after-school activities for children and young people, including homework clubs, ethnic language classes, and creative arts projects. We received the Community Foundation for Greater Manchester (CFGM)'s Quality Standard for Funding in recognition of our work. Additionally, in partnership with the local college, we have developed a Cultural Advisors Training (CAT) package to enhance cultural awareness and competency for individuals from diverse communities and professionals. 
NESTAC becomes an accredited UK Online Centre and Work Club, providing free computer access and bilingual support for ethnic minority community members in learning IT skills and job search. We launched the Basic Costume Making Course, promoting women's education, health, and wellbeing with creative cultural counselling support. 
NESTAC expands its Health and Wellbeing initiatives with one-on-one counselling for refugees and asylum seekers, and a Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) programme focusing on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). We launched Support Our Sisters (SOS) Clinics across Greater Manchester to provide safe spaces and support for those affected by FGM. In recognition of our efforts, NESTAC received the Pathfinder Church 2012 Award for Outstanding Contribution to African Women Empowerment. 
NESTAC trains peer mentors to support women affected by FGM and partners with St Mary's -Manchester Central University Hospital to provide cross-cultural emotional support. We were honoured with the African Achievement Award 2014 for being the Best African Charity in Greater Manchester. 
NESTAC and St Mary's - Manchester Central University Hospital win the British Journal of Midwifery (BJM) Award 2015 for their contribution towards ending FGM.  
The Guardian Project is launched, which provides psychosocial support to children and young people affected by FGM, working closely with multiple agencies to safeguard children against the practice. 
'Aspire, inspire' peer mentoring is launched empowering women to voice their opinions and raise community awareness on FGM. The SOS FGM Programme Evaluation Report, produced by the University of Salford, is published.  
'REACT FGM’ an FGM community blog, is launched which provides a safe platform for ethnic minority women to discuss FGM issues. 'Ear for You' Campaign to support the wellbeing of disadvantaged families. 
NESTAC launched the Go Screening campaign to support women in undergoing cancer screening and introduced CHATEA, an interactive forum for young people to discuss societal issues. The Simba project was also launched to provide support for men's mental health. 
NESTAC enters a coalition with five charities to form the LOTUS Hub, the first pilot project across Greater Manchester for violence against women and girls (VAWG).