KYP celebrates 44 years of providing services to the communities of Rochdale

Date published: 26 October 2023

Kashmir Youth Project (KYP) is a leading community/ voluntary organisation established in 1979 and has since been providing a range of services to the communities of Rochdale, Greater Manchester and beyond.

A celebration event was held on Thursday 19 October, to mark 44 years since the organisation was established and was attended by over 100 people including former employees, learners, service users, partners and stakeholders who have been supported by KYP throughout the years.

Councillor Janet Emsley, a deputy leader of Rochdale Borough Council and portfolio holder for equity, safety and reform said: “KYP is a vital part of this community and the wider community in Rochdale and further into Greater Manchester.”

KYP started operating from the attic of a terraced house in the Wardleworth area of Rochdale to provide advice and welfare services to the local community to support them as a result of the decline of the textile industry. It is now based in two purpose-built buildings on Belfield Road, Rochdale providing state of the art community and enterprise facilities. KYP’s ethos is one of community empowerment, whether that is through enterprise, employment, or training.

Zulf Ahmed, CEO of KYP said: “KYP has been providing services to the communities of Rochdale and beyond for over 44 years. As community needs have changed over the years the organisation has adapted and evolved to ensure that it continues to meet these needs. We are seen as an exemplar of community and asset-based community development and regeneration locally regionally and nationally. I would like to thank everybody who has attended the celebration event and shared this moment with us.”


KYP celebrates 44 years of providing services to the communities of Rochdale


The Nigeria Community Association’s founder and chairperson, Mary Bukola Fadahunsi Adekugbe said: “Congratulations to KYP on reaching this remarkable milestone of 44 years. Your support in granting the very first funding to kickstart the Nigeria Community Association is a testament to your enduring commitment to positive change. We can never forget the pivotal role your organisation played in our journey. Thank you for four decades of dedication, impact, and collaboration.”

Two members of staff were also recognised for long service to the organisation: Kouser Bi for 24 years service and Mohammed Saleem 29 years.


KYP celebrates 44 years of providing services to the communities of Rochdale


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