Story: Arzoo and Farah, Jigsaw youth workers
The young people’s services at the Pakistan Advice & Community Association on Page Hall Road have been involved with some exciting projects over the last few months. At the moment, there are several projects running for youths in the centre:
‘UTD’ (United Thru Dance & Drama), a new project that aims to unite the young people from the area through performing arts. Past projects have been street dance and Romani dance, which have been very successful and attracted a lot of youngsters from the Slovakian and Czech community. The boys completed a 6 week street dance project and gained ASDAN accreditations for their achievement. The Romani dance group was very popular and performed at many local festivals. It has raised a lot of awareness about Romani culture in the area. We have just started a new drama project in partnership with Point Blank Theatre Company.
‘Just 4 Girls’, as the name suggests, is a weekly girls-only session for girls aged 13-19. This project aims to tackle issues that young girls face such as confidence building, bullying, personal safety, sexual health, relationships and anything that is relevant to their personal development. In the past months we have taken the girls on numerous recreational trips and done many dance sessions including a bellydance workshop with the famous TV star Sophie Mei. We are hoping to have a six week self defence course after the Christmas holidays for which funding has been provided by Sheffield futures.