AYDA was conceived in June 2006 and established with a constitution on the 9th day of July 2007. The association became a company registered by guarantee in September 2007 and a registered charity in February 2008 with a board of trustees appointed to run the organisation.
AYDA is a Diaspora organisation set up as a platform to advocate, support and empower young people to overcome the challenges they face especially those with learning difficulties. Young people have a lot to overcome in order to lead normal lives and their parents, most of whom usually have little support, tend to suffer. There are very few places for such parents to turn to for assistance and often they are not aware of others who have the same problem and could be of great support to each other.
Young people face particular challenges and have distinct needs and that is why we are committed to working with young people to build their capabilities and to advocate for adequate resource allocation to enable them to fulfil their potential.
AYDA believes that today’s young will be tomorrow’s decision-makers and leaders, bridging the gaps between generations and communities. We aim to equip more young people to become leaders who can make a difference now and in the future.
AYDA seeks to empower young people especially those with learning difficulties through training and support. We are devoted to improve the quality of life for young people including those with Special Educational Needs (SEN), to fulfil their potential and to make a positive contribution to their communities.
VISION: Working towards a sustainable world free of poverty and empowering young people as equal partners in promoting development.
AYDA is committed to provide stability to empower future generations.
WHAT WE DO
AYDA is a registered charity working for the benefit of all young people including those with additional needs and their families.
AYDA embraces cultural diversity and health issues, focusing on FGM and parental care by raising awareness between ethnic groups to build bridges across communities.
AYDA is managed by a board of trustees and our services are delivered by sectional trainers and volunteers.
AYDA provides training opportunities, employment enhancement training, recreational activities and intervention services for all.
AYDA works together with other voluntary organisations, local government departments, statutory authorities and other independent bodies.
- To advance in life and relieve needs of young people through the provision of recreational and leisure time activities provided in the interest of social welfare, designed to improve their conditions of life;
- Providing support and activities which develop their skills, capacities and capabilities to enable them to participate in society as mature and responsible individuals.
- To help young people, especially but not exclusively through leisure time activities, so as to develop their capabilities that they may grow to full maturity as individuals and members of society.