ABOUT NESTAC
NESTAC (New Step for African Communities) Charity works to empower the disadvantaged population within the Black and Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, particularly refugees, asylum seekers and other immigrants from the new emerging communities in Greater Manchester. Our initiatives and projects work to promote social integration, equality, diversity and human rights of BAME families, with an emphasis on the mental health and wellbeing of women and young girls who have been victims of Gender-Based Violence. We are a community-led charity which has built the reputation of successfully engaging and supporting the most vulnerable and disadvantaged families within the BAME communities in Greater Manchester.

OUR VISION

Always Hope,

At NESTAC, service users will feel valued because they will always be treated with dignity, respect and be listened to.

OUR MISSION

NESTAC is committed to its clients, as their views, feelings and aspirations are considered to be our top priority. 

NESTAC works to primarily, but not exclusively, support the African community. Each case is unique and service users originate from wider BAME communities, all being treated equally and fairly.

We encourage Community cohesion by promoting socio-cultural activities and events, whilst providing a wide range of cultural awareness and cultural competency workshops.

Overcoming language barriers by providing extra support to migrant families who are hopeless and affected by communication issues is amongst our priorities.

OUR HISTORY

NESTAC has always worked tirelessly since its inception in serving BAME communities and in promoting equality and diversity in Greater Manchester, in the pursuit of its vision – Always Hope, Never Give Up!

  • NESTAC - New Step for African Community

    2003

    NESTAC was founded as a non-for-profit organisation in the borough of Rochdale in Greater Manchester, due to a dire necessity of attending to the socio-cultural and wellbeing needs of African migrants dispersed in this local area.

  • 2004

    NESTAC was formally registered as a charity and becomes the drop-in point of referral for African asylum seekers and refugees in the borough of Rochdale.  

  • 2005

    NESTAC established the first African Community Centre in Rochdale that provides cross-cultural activities to help African families smoothly integrating in the wider community.

  • 2006

    Our membership tripled during this period and reflected more cultural diversity, representative of 39 African countries, 7 Asian countries and 9 European countries (including East Europeans). More than 15 languages including French, Portuguese and English spoken by volunteers.

    We enter in partnership with the local college to support service users through the provision of English as a second language (ESOL), Literacy and Numeracy.

    NESTAC is amongst the key local agencies welcoming and supporting refugee families resettled in Rochdale under the UK Governmental Gateway Protection Programme – This project is initially launched in the area this year.

    Further partnership with the local asylum team developed during the same period to help towards the socio-cultural integration of asylum seeker families dispersed in Rochdale. 

    NESTAC Launches the annual “Karibu Africa Festival, aiming to widely promote social cohesion, facilitate integration and raise African cultural awareness through diverse cultural activities. This festival became the most well-known festival celebrating diversity in Greater Manchester. The Opening ceremony was always done by Rochdale MPs and Mayors. The project ran for six consecutive years before ending in 2011 due to lack of funding.

    NESTAC partnered with Refugee Action to provide business workshops to Refugees who want to develop start-up businesses.

    NESTAC was commissioned to deliver its services across Greater Manchester.

  • 2007

    Our partnership with the art organisation Cartwheel Arts led to the publication of “Homelands, stories by African People in Rochdale”.

    NESTAC partnered with HMR-PCT to host Community Health trainers working in our community centre alongside our staff and volunteers to promote health and wellbeing to service users.

    Our second edition of Karibu Africa Festival welcomed Sue Duvaney from Coronation Street, Casualty and Dinner ladies… Our Guest Star performed on stage with NESTAC youths on a 20-minute piece of drama educating on equality and diversity.

    NESTAC introduces the Women and girls programme, with two programmes developed during the year:

    Cultural Awareness Training for Immigrant Women (CATIW): women from diverse BAME communities came together to join forces in order to create a Women Group where regular workshops will be delivered to raise cultural awareness on the cultural diversity within BAME communities, to learn about their differences and similarities.

    “ABC Project”, Afro-Euro Hair Braiding Course: this project aims to demystify the art of braiding by providing a flexible training, accessible to the whole community and developing professional skills to the trainees that would lead to job opportunities.

  • 2008

    Third edition of the Karibu Africa Festival: A fantastic art and photo exhibition held by prominent African artists, and an international buffet offered and served by Rochdale councillors and the International Award-Winning Chef Farook Ahmed.

  • 2009

    The fourth edition of Karibu Africa Festival hosted the worldwide Congolese Star, the musician Awilo Longomba. This was sponsored by the Arts Council to celebrate cultural diversity and social cohesion.

    Publication of RED Study “Refugees Economic Downturn”. This study aimed to identify the impact of the economic downturn on refugees and asylum seekers and to explore the difficulties they face in integrating in the wider society.

  • 2010

    NESTAC is registered as a National Supplementary School (NSS) for children and young people. providing after school activities: Homework club; ethnic language classes; creative art activities, drama and filming project highlighting issues related to culture and beliefs. 

    NESTAC has been awarded the Community Foundation for Greater Manchester (CFGM)'s Quality Standard for Funding.

    In partnership with the local college, NESTAC develops a training package on Cultural Advisors Training (CAT) to help people from BAME communities, as well as professionals develop cultural awareness and competency in practice.

  • 2011

    NESTAC becomes an accredited UK Online Centre and Work Club in collaboration with UK ONLINE and Jobcentre plus. We provide free access to computers, with bilingual tutors and staff supporting members of the Black and Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities to learn basic IT courses online and a safe use of internet for job search.

    NESTAC develops the Basic Costume Making Course, aiming to provide an informal training programme that promotes women’s education, health and wellbeing.  This course contributes to women’s educational development and presents potential for employment or for further education.  Cultural counselling is embedded in the course to help women ventilate their emotions.   

  • 2012

    NESTAC expands its Health and Wellbeing initiatives:

    One to One counselling for refugees and asylum seekers

    Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) programme: Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

    NESTAC Launches Support Our Sisters (SOS) Clinics, a Greater Manchester-wide service for those who are affected by FGM. We provide safe spaces developed to support women who have been through Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) or those at risk of FGM.

    NESTAC won a community empowerment award - Pathfinder Church 2012 Award Ceremony:

    NESTAC Outstanding contribution to African women empowerment Award
  • 2013

    Introduction of the African Culture Awareness ( ACA) Training: we visit schools and statutory agencies across Greater Manchester to raise awareness on the African culture through the use of art and cultural activities.

  • 2014

    Basic Peer mentor Counselling skills training on FGM is developed to train peer mentors to support the emotional wellbeing of women who have or are likely to experience FGM.

    Partnership developed between NESTAC and St Marys – Manchester Central University Hospital. NESTAC provides cross-culture emotional support to women affected by FGM.

    NESTAC was awarded the African Achievement Award 2014 in Salford, Greater Manchester:

    NESTAC Best African Charity in Greater Manchester Award
  • 2015

    NESTAC in collaboration with St Marys - Manchester Central University Hospital wins the British Journal of Midwifery (BJM) Award 2015, ceremony held in London.

    BJM Contribution to Eradicate FGM Award
  • 2016

    NESTAC developed the Guardian Project, an FGM service providing psychosocial support to children and young people affected by FGM. This is a development of FGM services dedicated only to children and young people (under 18). The Guardian Project has been established across Greater Manchester and work closely with multiple agencies in view of safeguarding children against FGM.

  • 2017 - 2019

    NESTAC develops the ‘Aspire, Inspire’ programme to empower women voicing their opinions and raising community awareness on FGM.


    An evaluation of the SOS FGM Programme delivered across Greater Manchester is published by the University of Salford.

  • 2020

    NESTAC launches the FGM community blog ‘REACT FGM’ developed and maintained by our peer mentors, a community and safe platform to discuss FGM issues for BAME women.

    NESTAC launches ‘Ear for You’ Campaign in support of BAME families’ health and mental wellbeing.

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