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The City of Westminster is at the heart of social, political, economic and community activities in Britain and beyond with diverse history and opulent heritage. However, within Westminster and in the shadow of big commerce there are many pockets of council estates scattered across the borough, which unlike other inner city boroughs, seems to escape the eyes of both the media and government. There is minimal support for BME communities in Westminster, despite a myriad of disadvantages. This has meant that such communities have been struggling to achieve equality of opportunities. As a result, there has been a prevalence of social exclusion, which been proven a major barrier to a prosperous and cohesive community in Westminster.


The Bangladeshi community settled in the borough after the Second World War. Bangladeshi community of South Westminster is a hidden in a number of council estates, e.g. Milbank, Churchill Garden, Grosvenor etc. Due to the disadvantages faced by the Bangladeshi community, they have found it difficult to engage themselves in mainstream services and politically to improve socially and economically.  In response to this ever-exacerbating exclusion, a minority of the Bangladeshi people campaigned for community awareness and wider participation, to relieve poverty and multifarious disadvantages from an organised platform.

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This led to the formation of Westminster Bangladeshi Association (WBA), which is a not for profit voluntary sector organisation with registered charity status, which was initiated in 2002 by the socially excluded and economically marginalised people of Bangladeshi origin living in the City of Westminster and was formally constituted as an organisation in March 2003. It has been delivering services with volunteers from the inception and the notion of volunteering has been a key driving force in the success of WBA.

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