DIWALI was celebrated at Catalyst Housing’s Southall Day Centre last week.

More than 150 people enjoyed music, singing and dancing.

Joining them was Cllr Jasbir Anand, Cabinet Member for Thriving Communities, who said the centre was valued as a place to share conversation and memories, as well as taking part in activities.

His colleague, Cllr Josh Blacker, Cabinet Member for Healthy Lives, who was also present, commented: “It is so important that our older residents can take part in activities that improve not only their physical health but also their mental health and wellbeing.”

Sukhwant Sandher, Southall Day Centre manager, explained: “We provide a range of help at the centre, including support to navigate welfare benefits, help to overcome language barriers and raising awareness about important issues.”

Southall Day Centre was founded in 1978 and became affiliated to Ealing Family Housing Association, now a part of Catalyst. 

Thought to be the first of its kind in the UK, the centre tailors its services to older people from Asian backgrounds.