Helping Afghans and Central Asians prosper in the UK.
We work with Afghans and Central Asians living away from their homeland, providing them with support, skills and knowledge to live and prosper in the UK.
Our wide range of services includes English language classes, employment workshops, a women’s support group, a Saturday school and homework club, youth and family support services, drop-in and telephone advice, volunteer placements, and cultural and social events. We provide outreach and visits to individuals and families in detention.
We also work in Afghanistan, where we are developing citizens advice centres in Kabul and Pul-e-Khumri, following a successful pilot project from 2013–2016. They will offer free, impartial and confidential advice, information, support and legal aid on issues including education, employment and domestic violence.
Dr. Nooralhaq Nasimi
Dr. Nasimi migrated to the UK in 1999 in the back of a refrigerated container. He founded ACAA in 2001 and has been at the heart of the charity as it has grown to offer a wide range of services.
Sanaa is the Finance Officer working with Women from migrant and minority backgrounds. The project is designed to empower psychologically and socially personal support, literacy and vocational training. She uses creative activities and workshops to encourage self-development and enable participants to become engaged members of the community. Sanaa runs weekly sessions and is in charge of monitoring the EU project and women’s progress, documentation, managing ESOL teachers and building partnerships.
Morsale is the Outreach Officer at ACAA. She works on reaching out to organisations, groups and networks to promote the telephone advice clinic and the services ACAA provides.
Women's Project AssistantContact
Zhala moved to the UK from New City, Afghanistan in 2007. She studied Persian language at Kabul University and worked as both a teacher and a women’s rights activist in Afghanistan. Having moved to the UK, she has continued her work in women’s rights and speaks regularly on the subject, as well as the history and culture of Afghanistan, at public events and conferences. She also enjoys reading and writing poetry and aspires to be a professional poet. Zhala currently volunteers for the ACAA as a Women’s Project Officer.
Legal and Development
Sheekeba is the Legal and Development Coordinator. She coordinates legal advice services at the ACAA and works with colleagues, volunteers and external partners to ensure the legal advice clinic runs effectively. She runs monthly pro bono advice sessions with local law firms to provide advice and support on housing, employment, litigations and immigration cases. Sheekeba is also currently a law student at The University of Law.
Girls Football Project Co-ordinator
Alice graduated from Manchester University in 2019 with a History degree. Alice is the Girls Football Project Coordinator. The project is designed to empower young Afghan and Muslim girls by using sport as a tool to develop not only their physical wellbeing, but also their mental wellbeing by increasing social skills, confidence and self-esteem. Alice is currently running training sessions twice a week and the club has grown so much since it was launched!
Girls Football Project
Qadria is the Outreach Officer for the Girls Football Project. Her main role is to reach out to Afghan girls in the local community so they can benefit from participating in the Football Club. A large part of her role is explaining to parents the benefits of sport, especially for girls.
British Citizen Award 2020Awarded to Dr. Nooralhaq Nasimi in recognition of his exceptionally positive impact on society and inspiration to others
London Prestige AwardsRefugee Support Service of the Year 2019 for London
London Asian Business AwardsCommunity Award 2019
Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2018Awarded in recognition of the excellent work and central role volunteers play in the delivery of the essential services run by the ACAA
Youth Employment UKTalent Match Mark Youth Friendly Gold Award
Mayor of LewishamMayor’s Award for Voluntary Contribution
Supporters and Donors
Many thanks to all of our supporters and donors.