2015 October

Heartbeat of Africa


Heartbeat of Africa project will provide a better understanding to the deep rooted culture and traditions of the ‘West African’ countries. The programme will showcase artefacts, pictures and interviews of West African families to inform the public of various African customs and traditions and how families live in our communities today.

West African Development Project ‘Heartbeat of Africa’ wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

West African Development has received (£48,000) grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a cultural project (Heartbeat of Africa) which will be run Tameside in 2015-2016. The project will be run by volunteers from the local community.


The project will enable the local community to be informed and educated around the customs and traditions of the West African Community. The outcomes of the programme will enable communities to be more knowledgeable about the African way of life through events and workshops that we will be running throughout the course of the 18 month programme. Exhibitions and events will showcase some of the learning and provide further information on the roots of West African origins.

The Heartbeat of Africa project will enable young people develop skills and learning through participating in our programme of activities. The project exhibition will be created for future use by other partners to enable our heritage to be remembered in our area for future generations.

Alade Sanni, Chair of West African Development commented ‘We are really excited to be delivering this project, Just like our traditions are customs runs through our veins to make our heartbeat, we want our communities to hear the sound of the ‘Heartbeat of Africa’.


Notes to editors

West African Development

West African Development was set up in 2005 and has been a registered charity since 2009. We are based in Tameside in the North West. The West African Development (WAD) group seeks to support all communities. We were set up to work with those of West African origin, but not exclusively and over time our membership has widened and we work with the local community form all backgrounds and cultures. Our aim is to integrate people from different backgrounds and minority ethnic groups to break social barriers improve the quality of life and raise people’s self-esteem by organising meetings and activities such as cultural and educational events such dancing and drumming and sporting and arts activities for all the community and provide information on training, health and social care, crime reduction, employment, benefit advice and volunteering opportunities. Participating in and making links with appropriate partners/networks within Tameside and regionally and nationally to ensure that black and minority ethnic people and refugees and asylum seekers to have a voice.


About the Heritage Lottery Fund

From the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife, we use National Lottery players’ money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about.  www.hlf.org.uk.


Further information

For further information, images and interviews please contact Alade Sanni at West African Development on (07754 715849 or admin@westafricandevelopment.org.uk



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Theatre Workshop


WAD have pleasure in taking children and young people to the Threatre Workshop Christmas Production in Oldham on 19th December 2013 from 7.30pm until 9.45pm.

Nelson Mandela

DSCF1454 Game result  8-0 for West African Development FC against Dukinfield Athletic FC.













Good bye game to show our last respect on 15th December Tameside  District Sunday League at Victoria Street, Newton Hyde. Game result  8-0 for West African Development FC against Dukinfield Athletic FC.  West African Development also organized a special tour across Tameside  and Manchester for Nelson Mandela funeral event where many people  showed their support and sympathies to Nelson Mandela.
God bless Mandela
God bless Britain
God bless Africa


WAD has organized a trip to   on 31st August 2013, if you wish to take join us, please book your place no later than the 25th August 2013.


For your reservation, please call Alade on 07754715849 or Amina on 07438354051     


Since 2005 when West African Development (WAD) was founded in Tameside (charity No 1132899) with objective to provide support and positive integration for the African and BME communities, CVAT ex T3SC and Voluntary Centre as always be there for WAD in term of project development and funding support. Those supports are significant to the improvement and progress of our services in Tameside. For example, WAD recent annual return is £24.000 compare to £ 3.500 for preview year. We are so pride of our fellows CVAT staff and Tameside leaders in particular people like Cllr Margaret Sidebottom, Cllr Leigh Drennan, Cllr Joyce Bowerman and Cllr Lynn Travis doing them best to support no just WAD but BME communities as well.

Parts of our Achievements

From WAD services we continue bringing African and BME people In Tameside together to have a voice and positive Action. In 2012/13, we managed to assist over 300 families in relation to housing, benefit, Education, Health, Immigration, Training and Jobs issues. For cultural exchange and diversity, WAD as deliver African Drumming and dancing for more than 30 Schools in Tameside and Manchester and over 3000 people as participated to our showcased. WAD will also continue providing to the youth with sport activities like football in Tameside and Hyde Sunday League, swimming for children in which helping to keep our people fit and healthy and also to influence the said:

Over half of black and minority ethnic (BME) communities do no sport or physical activity. Fewer than 1 in 5 members of some BME communities are participating in physical activities as infrequently as once a month. (Information from Sporting Equals

Difficulty and Need

Since we have begun in 2005, our openness and accessibility has meant our beneficiaries have expanded from not just individuals from West Africa but now include people from other parts of Africa, E.U and England. Our services are open to everyone. Anyone who needs support or help can come to us, regardless of race, religion or background. From feedback from members, they have told are nervous and wary of entering into mainstream office buildings to access support, fear of unknown, embarrassment, confusion and possible recrimination. By working with agencies and providing a welcoming accessible building where members feel comfortable in entering will help break down these barriers.

WAD is now seeking for a PLACE where to Locate our Community in Tameside and if anyone have available place or room suitable for office use and willing to help should not hesitated to contact WAD on :

Tel: 07754715849 or

Email: admin@westafricandevelopment.org.uk

If you want to know more about WAD please visit www.westafricandevelopment.org.uk

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