Salford Community Link Project was established following initiatives between the Bangladeshi, Pakistani and Yemeni communities and Salford Council for Voluntary Service (CVS). CVS had worked particularly with the Bangladeshi, Pakistani and Yemeni communities in Eccles, and these initial contacts led to a "Friendship Day" in Eccles in September 1988. The day was organised jointly by CVS, the local communities, and the officers of the Health authority, Local Authority and Community Health Council part of the day was a forum at which representatives of education, social services, health services, the police and others took questions from local people.
It became evident during the discussions the services in Salford did not always recognize or respond to the needs of the ethnic minority communities in Salford. As a consequence of this, CVS prepared a bid to present to the Consortium on Opportunities for Volunteering. The project was awarded a grant for a 3 year period, beginning in November 1989, and by April 1990 there were 3 part-time workers in post. The project was restructured in October 1991 with 4 equivalent part-time posts. Also in October 1991, the Project became independent of CVS, its parent body, and it is now managed by representatives of the four communities it was set up to serve.
Salford Link Project
Over a period of time thousands of people have benefited from a broad range of cultural, social and economic activities, from IT and ESOL to running Bangla language and After School Club to delivering employability and leadership programmes.
This project is supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.