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Deptford Challenge Trust’s Celebration of Voluntary and Community Sectors

Written by Priya Knight, Volunteer at the ACAA


On Tuesday 3rd July, Deptford Challenge Trust held their annual presentation evening to honour their selected grantees for 2018. This year, the Afghanistan and Central Asian Association had the great honour of being one of the DCT’s chosen organisations, and have made the decision to use the money towards the advancement of the charity’s English classes for migrants and refugees.


The event took place at Deptford Town Hall, a historic building kindly provided to the DCT by Goldsmiths. The grade II listed building provided a grand backdrop for an evening devoted to the appreciation and recognition of small charities and community groups within Deptford. The evening began with each organisation being given the chance to set up their own stalls, with flyers, posters, and relevant information displayed along the sides of the main hall. Attendees had the opportunity to explore the range of groups present, and to meet the other grantees, before taking their seats for the main presentation.


Guest of Honour and BBC News presenter Asad Ahmed awarded individuals from each organisation with framed certificates to commemorate their recipiency of the 2018 grant. Dr Nasimi, director of the ACAA, stood to accept the award on behalf of the charity, and gave a moving account of his own experience of learning English in the UK, addressing challenges that he has faced since arriving in the country, and describing how developing his linguistic abilities has enabled not only greater levels of communication and social progress, but his own personal confidence and self-belief. He then expressed his hope that the ACAA will be able to serve as a platform for countless others to learn and develop their English in the future, and emphasised the charity’s focus on promoting British values and inclusivity.


Following the rest of the presentations, we had the opportunity to hear short speeches from previous recipients of the grant. Heart N Soul, an organisation focused on the creative arts for people with learning disabilities, expressed heartfelt gratitude to the DCT for enabling their ‘Big 30’ project – an initiative established to help those with learning disabilities to present their stories to the world through art and storytelling. We hope to return next year to provide a similarly effective display of the progress and achievements made possible through the generosity of the DCT.


The Afghanistan and Central Asian Association would like to thank the Deptford Challenge Trust for awarding our organisation a grant for the coming year, and for the acknowledgement of all of the hard work and effort that the charity invests in local communities.

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