Sangam is a not-for-profit charity based in Barnet, established and managed by Asian Women. It was founded in 1971 as a result of the large influx of immigrants from South Asia and East Africa in the sixties and seventies. The lack of both language proficiency and understanding of the systems of Government left many vulnerable Asians feeling helpless and often with nowhere to turn. It was recognised by Her Majesty the Queen in 2006 when Sangam received the coveted Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services. The Award was an acknowledgement “One of Sangam’s strengths is that, it is managed by Asian Women and so will provide a service sensitive to the needs of a group not always well served by mainstream services.
However it is to Sangam’s credit that it is open to all – an example of social inclusion at its best.” Sangam Advice Centre originally opened in 1979 and works with local Job Centres and Law Firms to offer bespoke support and excellent client care. Sangam is a Department for Work and Pensions ‘Alternative Office’ providing convenient and flexible support to all our clients.