The Charity carries its own property portfolio with three sites, two of which are based in Tooting and one in Croydon. All were secured as part of the Charity’s capacity building program and in helping to fulfill its aims and objectives in promoting the well-being of those it serves.
Tooting Centre, 220-222 Upper Tooting Road, SW17 7EW
From its humble beginnings in a front room, the Charity evolved to having acquired its own building based in the heart of Tooting which is rich in its diversity of cultures, languages and multi-faith communities. It further has a very vibrant and thriving business community. The Centre is close to local shops, public transport links and community services and amenities.
The Centre is fully accessible and has a lift facility to the upper floor, which houses the Charity’s administrative sector. The ground floor of the Centre has also undergone a complete refurbishment bringing it into greater community use and more fit for purpose. It operates as a local community hub and is available for hire to many community groups and organizations. It has made it possible to run our own programme of community-led activities such as elderly support groups, parenting and children therapeutic play activities, training workshops, conferences, and cultural and faith festivities.
5 North Drive, Tooting SW16 1RN
This is a listed building in the Furzedown conservation area, amidst a stretch of green land with mature shrubbery and listed trees with a potential for development. The rental income from the block of eight residential flats currently services the repayment loan.
This site was secured recently as part of the Charity’s on-going plans for specialised supported housing which is frequently requested by elders of the community and remains an unmet need. Currently the land is used by the local Tooting Transition Project as part of an organic ecology project in which they involve those who are committed to the cause.
Zakia Family Centre, 166 St James Road, Croydon CR0 2UZ
The Charity has now achieved an important goal and milestone in its history and its success and learning as an organization. It is now seeking to replicate the model of community engagement that it has achieved in Tooting, through its further capacity-building potential and activities programs. Given its framework of reference to the diversity of cultures and languages it is well placed to meet the challenges ahead.
As its specialized work and role unfolds, Zakia Center aims to offer opportunities for children and their families, alongside services for the elderly through an inter-generational approach. This will include recreational and cultural enrichment programs that help to shape and expand the base of citizenship and affirmation of one’s cultural identity, while addressing current unmet needs
The new Centre’s principal aim is to offer culturally-appropriate family assessments through a spectrum of activities which will incorporate supporting families using a strength-based empowerment and culturally-congruent and viable therapeutic approach to resolving issues of family conflict and concerns.
Support services at the Zakia Centre include Holistic Support for Women, ‘Bringing Communities Together’ and Cultural Heritage Art & Craft group