The New Step for African Community is a non-profit organisation (registered charity), established to support Africans and immigrants, particularly those living in the North West of England.
They encourage Community cohesion through the promotion of African culture, providing a wide range of cultural awareness workshops and cultural events; examples include:
Workshops on African Traditions and Values
African handicrafts and costumes
NESTAC is one of the foremost African charities in the North West. At the heart of the charity is the welfare of Africans and other Immigrants in Greater Manchester. The organisation now can boast of six staff members and a host of volunteers through its hard work,commitment and dedication.
NESTAC, which stands for the New Step for African Community, was established in November 2003, in case of dire necessity. There was a growing need from other agencies, which were having difficulties understanding the needs, and therefore helping African refugees and asylum seekers in the Rochdale area.
Since then, the asylum seeker and refugee community kept growing in Rochdale and in the rest of greater Manchester, including newly arrived migrants from the EU countries. The cultural awareness projects have been so successful since established in 2005, that they contributed to review the vision of supporting only the African community. NESTAC then opened its services and support to the entire community, having a diverse membership from other Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) community and from members of the wider community. NESTAC received its charitable status in 2004.
NESTAC is important as it provides a one stop Centre for the African community, but not exclusively. It is acting as a hub where people can meet and share the values of culture, language, religions, and ethnicities, while benefiting from educational and cultural training.