01709210151 / 07716135940 kerry.leeson@alstrom.org.uk

Address: 127 Page Hall Road, Sheffield, S4 8GU
Telephone Number: 0114 2619130
Email: saima@pacacentre.org.uk
Website: www.paca.org.uk
Registered Charity Number: 1152121

What is Firvale Community Hub?
Firvale Community Hub (formerly known as Pakistan Advice and Community Association) offer advice and information and a translation and interpretation service. They are committed to improve social inequalities and inclusion for communities experiencing disenfranchisement and marginalisation in Sheffield.

What support is available?
Firvale Community Hub provides a range of activities within their centre, over 50’s health sessions, keep fit classes, health and nutrition sessions, home visits, an advocacy service and outreach sessions. Support and information is provided on topics such as:

  • Welfare rights
  • Immigration
  • Debt
  • Employment
  • Consumer
  • Housing

They manage a variety of advice and health projects including the Genetic Literacy Project which is currently funded by Sheffield City Council as part of their Infant Mortality Strategy. Previous research on Close Cousin Marriage and Genetic Risk, conducted in collaboration with the University of Sheffield highlighted the need for family centred genetics services and improved educational materials on genetics. After consultation with members of the local community, an educational video has been produced to be used by individuals, families and the professionals working with them to improve knowledge and support.

Information provided by Firvale Community Hub, 4th December 2017

Breaking Down Barriers Project
Firvale Community Hub joined the project towards the end of year 1 to learn from the experiences of others and to share their knowledge. After attending and presenting at workshop 2, they submitted an action plan for funding in year 2 of the project.

Year 2 Project
Further, develop their work by providing information to people living in Sheffield about recessive genetic disorders and close relative marriages. The project will be delivered in two main areas:

1, Organise genetic events in Sheffield to raise awareness of different genetic conditions and to signpost families to the relevant patient organisations and support groups for further Information, advice and support. These events will be open to anyone with an interest in genetics but they will specifically be encouraging people from South Asian and Roma communities to attend

2, Design a ‘train the trainer’ package to accompany the educational video and use these resources to deliver training to those who are then able to inform larger groups of people within Sheffield and further afield.