Pakistan Welfare Association Slough

PWA Slough featured on ‘Pardes se Des Tak’, 92 TV

In a wide-ranging town hall style debate, issues affecting Pakistani migrants in the UK were discussed on a special edition of the topical programme, for 92 News, a Pakistan-based Urdu news channel.

Is PIA (Pakistan Airlines) charging too much money for expats to go back to Pakistan, conversely affecting their children who are missing a chance at exploring their roots? Is the Pakistani ID card (Nadra card) too expensive, at 100 pounds for a card valid for ten years? Should there be more help for overseas citizens who have homes in Pakistan, and who cannot directly deal with the administration?

Held in Slough, presenter Shazia Zeeshan invited guests including Ishrat Shah, the first female Muslim mayor of Slough and Zainab Khan, director of the Fostering Agency.


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.

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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