Pakistan Welfare Association Slough

NCS summer garden project at PWA

We had a great time welcoming young people from the National Citizen Service (NCS), a programme of teens aged 15-17, to PWA Slough on 27 July 2017.

The team will be back in August to give the garden some love and sort our car park! We look forward to seeing a new welcoming garden area at the front of the centre, including new plants in the beds.

Thanks to the UK charity The Challenge, which aims to build a more integrated society, and runs the NCS project. Thanks to Cindy, Kaya and the team.

General updates

Hello all,

Just sharing some pictures of the lunch on 9th March at Pakistan Welfare Association Slough.

Maa sha allah, the lunch group is growing in size every week. Lunch is supplied to elderly ladies and gents every Wednesday after Zuhar Salah (although the ladies’ group is not pictured here). Tea is also served after lunch.

I am grateful to all those who attend regularly and share their views and discuss local and other issues. Anyone is welcome. We all have a great time and enjoy gup shup (our discussions). We also do a free health check up every Wednesday for anyone who needs it.

I am proud to say that our online Nadra card service is becoming very popular, and we have helped many hundreds of local Pakistani community members, and lots of surrounding areas are also benefiting from this service. We have people coming from High Wycombe, Reading, Chingford, Windsor etc.

If all the documents are correct your card is delivered at your doorstep within 10 to 14 days. Do not delay in ringing us and booking an appointment at the PWA office. The telephone number is 01753821003 (after 12pm).

Please note yoga classes are starting soon. Lots of activities are on the pipeline. If you have questions about any issues and would like to discuss, you can contact me directly on my mobile no 07989171329.

We also need volunteers to help us to run the centre successfully, if you could give a few hours of your time and put a smile on people’s faces.

Please note we are getting lots of enquiries regarding marriage bureau services. If anyone is interested to help run this service please do come forward.

Jazaak allah,

Mohammed Shabbir Raja
Pakistan Welfare Association
50 Darvills Lane
Chalvey Slough.

Donations to PWA – we have raised over £55,000

Since March 2016, the newly elected PWA board has been working hard to run a fundraising campaign. The aim is to purchase the building which has housed us on Darvills Lane since 2007.

PWA Darvills Lane
PWA Darvills Lane
PWA Darvills Lane
PWA Darvills Lane
PWA Darvills Lane
PWA Darvills Lane

This is an urgent matter; to secure the heritage of the Pakistani community in Slough for generations to come, and because time is of the essence. The window of opportunity to make the purchase will close within a few months.

The fundraising goal is to reach £330,000, Whilst our community is on the way to reaching our goals, we will need your continued help and support, and financial generosity.

We have set up a permanent donation board at the entrance to PWA Slough, which lists all community members who have donated sums of £1000 or more. Here’s how it looks as donations come – plenty of gaps to be filled!

Donation board, July 2016
Donation board, July 2016

We’re delighted to publish a list of all generous donors so far, who we appreciate for their kind support:

Whilst every effort is made to ensure full transparency of funds, we ask that if you spot a discrepancy, to kindly ring the number below to rectify this.Transparency is vital to our team: every penny which is donated to purchase the building is recorded with receipts, and online. The donations page is being updated automatically online – just click on PWA donations 2016.

Congratulations to everyone so far, and we hope you will continue to spread the word and dig into your pockets.

Mohammed Shabbir

President, PWA Slough

01753 821003

A warm welcome from the President

Welcome to the Pakistan Welfare Association, Slough.

I first joined the PWA as Vice President in 2000 for two years, and am pleased to have been re-elected, this time as President, in February 2016.

The association has been in operation for over five decades, in which time the Pakistani community has grown in Slough substantially. My parents’ generation were the first to move to Slough in the 1960s. Today, there are well over 35,000 members of the Pakistani community living in this multicultural, diverse town, which is close to Windsor and London.

Thus, the association has an important role to play in the local community. It’s a non-political organisation which has the support of local authorities including Slough Borough Council.

There are three main driving forces for the association. Firstly, education. Children and adults alike take classes in Arabic language, in training for the 11+ school exams and in teachings of the Quran.

Secondly, recreation. The association is also committed to the physical well-being of its members and offers exercise classes and light sports such as badminton, tennis and kudo. Yoga classes will also be starting from Spring 2016.

Thirdly, there is a permanent need for the association to provide administrative services like the NICOP (National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis). From Spring 2016, we will be running an online service for the community so that members can get help in processing their NICOP applications.

Last but not least, we have an important goal at a community level, which is to purchase the building which has housed the association for the past decade. We will be asking local members to help us in this undertaking, for the future of the Pakistani community, in perpetuity.

Thank you all for having faith in me to be President of the PWA for the next three years. I will do my utmost with my team to help and bring out the best in the Pakistani community which we are so proud to be a part of.

Mohammed Shabbir Raja


President, PWA Slough

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