Welwitschia Welfare Centre (WWC) www.wwcuk.org

Welwitschia Welfare Centre is a charitable organisation set up in 1998 to facilitate the integration of African Portuguese speaking migrants, refugees and other people of African origin in Greater   London.   A community based organisation that prides itself in breaking down the barriers for established and new migrants from Angola, Guinea-Bissau, Cape-Verde, Mozambique, Sao-Tome, Brazil and Portugal and other minority ethnic groups from Latin American descent.

Welwitchia offers Quality Assured information advice and support in community languages. The service includes advice on social welfare matters such as housing, welfare benefits, money, debt and immigration.

Some recent WWC achievements include:

  • Supporting 1743 clients during the last year
  • Supporting the career development and opportunities of 95 young people who have gained vital experience through their volunteers programme
  • Supporting and befriending 48 elderly people who were living in isolation via the WWC home visit befriending project

WWC’s CEO approached AdviceUK’s SOBeL project for help with their advice service and to explore strategies to develop sustainable income streams and long term delivery of services. Welwitchia were in dire danger of having to close down unless they could obtain further funding. They had also run into difficulties with the renewal of their accreditation with the Advice Quality Standard following recent cganges to the standard. They needed the AQS before they could submit the funding applications they had planned.

Our organisational development service entailed one-to-one support which included reviewing funding applications before submission and also the development of a fundraising strategy. We also helped to develop the new policies that were required before they could pass their AQS audit and contacted the auditors to sort out any outstanding issues.

We are happy to report that thanks to London Councils SOBeL project, WWC managed to obtain re-accreditation with the AQS and secure funding. This funding has helped the centre continue to deliver its vital services while it explores more funding opportunities over the foreseeable future. WWC is now offering an advice service dealing more effectively with the problems faced by Londoners, particularly those resulting from welfare changes, in and out of work poverty and deprivation.

“Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your help and assistance in the last application for Trust For London. I am pleased to inform you that the application has been successful. The Trust has agreed to fund Welwitschia Welfare Centre £35,000 for the next three years for rent and towards the Co-ordinators post. I hope to get the Coordinators post now…The fight goes on!…

Thank you”

Pedro Lunguela
Chief Executive
Welwitschia Welfare Centre

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