The History of GLADCA
Here is a brief overview of all that GLADCA has achieved in the last 40 years. Its origins were as a community centre to service the needs of the Pakistani immigrant families who started to settle in the Gladstone Street area of the City of Peterborough in the 1960s, providing a hub for advice, signposting and referrals, a cultural centre point and a means of enabling integration into the wider community.
Peterborough has a long history of immigration, starting with the Poles after World War 2, the Italians who then came to work in the brickyards, Africans and Afro-Carribeans in the 1950s, and those from the Indian sub-continent in the 1960s. Since then we have seen widespread immigration from all parts of Asia, from the Far East, from South America and from many other countries, including many asylum-seekers from Afghanistan, Iraq and the African continent, and of course our neighbours from Eastern Europe and their families. Peterborough has now become an intensely multi-cultural city, with over 100 languages spoken.
Through all these changes, GLADCA has retained its position as a source of advice and assistance. It became a charity in 1972 and now services the needs of anyone living of working in the Peterborough area. It has moved on from its origin as a community association to its current position as a vital part of the process of enabling integration into the wider UK community, with all the benefits to society that this entails. The aspects of universality and inclusivity are very important to us – GLADCA is for everyone! We regularly monitor the service uptake, especially in terms of nationality and ethnicity and I am pleased to report that we continue to provide services to all sectors of the community in Peterborough and beyond, including those born and bred in the area!