SADACCA building for future

Des Smith of Sadacca
Des Smith of Sadacca
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Thirty years ago the African-Caribbean community secured 48 Wicker to meet their needs in Sheffield.

Since then the community has been innovative in its operations and has worked in partnership with the community to play a central role in the promotion of community relations, development and social inclusion whilst providing education, employment, training, advice, and quality-specific services and been a catalyst for regeneration in the Wicker.

The partnership’s success is evident today. Developments such as SYAC LTD, SAGMA, Caribbean Sports and Social Club and Day-care Centre for the elderly are evidence of this.

The SADACCA building represents a significant achievement for the African-Caribbean community which developed and manages the premises.

The first six years saw the refurbishment of the derelict building providing employment and training for more than two hundred local people.

Funding was provided by the then MSC, Roundtree Trust, Urban Programme and Sheffield City Council.

The premises have since developed as a community centre supporting young and adults through study support, homework and youth clubs, day-care for elderly, information technology, mentoring, social activities and employment.

The building also has a bar, restaurant, function rooms and is used for community events like celebrating the life of Nelson Mandela, Black History Month and cultural activities.

A recent consultative meeting decided the time had come to rethink the purpose and function of the SADACCA building because of community input, the financial position of the Council and the development in and around the Wicker.

SADACCA is keen to preserve and update the Grade 2 listed front of the building making it a truly twenty first century social enterprise.

Discussions are taking place with the Council to transfer the building to community ownership.

We would like to hear from anyone who :

• Can help to preserve this historical building,

• Contribute to the vision

• Worked at 48 Wicker and or have photographs of the area between 1977 and 2001. Please contact Des Smith, 48 Wicker, Sheffield 3.