Foreword by the former Mayor of Rotherham

The United Multi-Cultural Centre evolved from two local organisations and since that time it has played a pivotal role in providing support, advice and training to the people of Rotherham as well as gaining national recognition for its work with ethnic minority communities and disadvantaged women.

I have seen over the years how tirelessly the centre and its staff have worked to tackle social inclusion issues and closer integration between local communities in Rotherham. This has resulted in people from a diverse range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds seeing huge improvements in their lives. The UMCC provides a vital service to around 2,000 people each year, offering over 25 different training courses, skills workshops and accredited academic qualifications. It also provides a range of family and children's activities, sports activities and gives guidance and advice, which combines fun with learning in a safe and secure environment.

The centre also has an enviable track record of working with hard-to-reach, disadvantaged women within the Rotherham community. Over the years, local women from hugely diverse backgrounds have found a voice thanks to the centre's support. Women from different ethnic, cultural and social backgrounds and all of different ages now play a huge role within their local communities and the decision-making process.

Its work in relation to training, advice counselling, fund raising is recognised both nationally and internationally and it is now one of the largest ethnic minority organisations within South Yorkshire.

My best wishes to the United Multi-Cultural Centre and may the centre go from strength to strength.

Councillor. Shaukat Ali, BA Hons.
Mayor of Rotherham 2009-2010