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    Advisory and Counselling

    West African Development (WAD) help people with issues which are confidential and establish regular surgeries with different agencies (police, housing, social services etc.).

    These are really important sessions as some of the people who are accessing our services are asylum seekers who have very private and personal issues to discuss regarding their application to meet with immigration rules. We have also noted that many of our members are reluctant to access health services. This barrier seems to be one based on fear, lack of trust and concerns about being understood.

    We feel that one to one sessions in a secure environment with support from our organisation can overcome this. We would also use these one to one sessions to support families and members who are facing anti-social behaviour within their wider community. Unfortunately, we have members who have been harassed by people in the areas that they live. We are able to provide support them and signpost them onto Housing Associations and local police who can help to neutralize the situation.

    West African Development (WAD) also use these sessions to support immigrants who are looking for employment – helping with applications forms, making phone calls etc.

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    The programme will help you build the confidence to: Recognise when someone may be experiencing problems. Actively listen to people with problems.


    WAD volunteers are a crucial part of our organisation. Working as one team, we combine skills and experience to create positive change for everyone not just in Tameside but everywhere in the UK


    Our members are often isolated and hard to reach people in the community, who may be new to the country. We aim to help by breaking down barriers to integration.

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    About Us

    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. We were set up to work with those of West African origin, but not exclusively. Read More