A NEW community centre chairman has pledged to help “provide a voice” for black and minority groups on Wearside.
Syed Khaled Miah Olid has been named as the head of the Bangladeshi Centre in Hendon, which runs a range of educational and cultural activities.
The businessman, who has previously served two terms in the role, said the charity was determined to press on with its projects, despite the voluntary sector being hit hard by the economic downturn.
“All community organisations have been affected by the cutbacks,” he said.
“We see this as a challenge for us to put into place our structures and adopt a business plan which takes into consideration these economic changes and a robust transition change programme that will continue to provide a community venue and an organisation meeting the needs of the diverse communities in the city.
“We will continue to provide a voice in the city for the black and minority ethic communities and individuals and emphasise the need for more collaboration and partnership workings between service providers, commissioners and voluntary organisations in this time of austerity to have greater impact in service delivery.”
The newly elected chairman said the Tatham Street facility, which opened in 2000, plans to run a series of new workshops and activities in the coming months.
“The centre prides itself on its reputation as being ‘open to everyone’, and its role is growing in this respect,” he said. “We now aim to transform it from a traditional and ethnically targeted community centre into a vibrant, multifaceted agency, with a focus on diversity but which serves all communities in Sunderland.”
For more information, visit www.banglacentre.co.uk.