Pakistan Association Huddersfield

07 November 2019

It’s often presumed that South Asian people look after and live with their elderly relatives. However, as people relocate for work, traditional structures and family ties are loosening. This can lead to an intergenerational disconnect and isolation for older people, which this project is addressing in their community.

“Before the Young Again project was established, there were no facilities for older South Asian people in the area. I am 84 years old and live on my own with no family nearby so I often felt alone and distant from people in my local community.

I found out about the project through a poster at my local grocery shop in Huddersfield and attended my first meeting in January 2018. Since then, I have visited the Pakistan Association centre nearly every week. We all have lunch together and catch up. It’s always a welcoming place and I look forward to meeting the other project members, who I now consider to be close friends.

"It’s been great to see how people develop over time and find their voices, becoming more independent, socially aware and integrated in the local community.”

Jamil Akhtar, Treasurer

Members of Pakistan Association Huddersfield

Being part of the project has given me a sense of purpose. We meet every month to make decisions about the group activities and plan trips for the upcoming month. For example, some people mentioned that they struggle to use smart phones so we organised tutorials on modern technology and social media.

We often invite guest speakers to give talks on socially relevant topics of interest. Recently, an academic presented on Islamophobia, which is important to talk about and sparked interesting conversations.

We also arrange regular trips to places of interest around the UK. Later this year, we will be travelling to London to visit the House of Commons and meet our local MP – 54 of us have expressed interest in this trip so far. It takes a lot of planning which is all done by the members.”

Mahmood Ahmad Kler, project member

Pakistan Association Huddersfield were awarded £20,602 for their ‘Young Again' project, which is funded through the Trust’s Active Communities programme with money raised through Health Lottery Yorkshire and the Humber.


This case study was produced as part of People's Health Trust's 2019 Annual Review. To read it in full, click here.

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