Together We Are Better
APSC Ltd. by guarantee, is a company that is a non-profit organization that joined forces with Athletic Newham FC to apply commercial strategies to maximize improvements in the financial, social, and environmental well-being of the people from the Afro-Portuguese-speaking community. There are more than 200.000 approx. Afro-Portuguese from Africa and unknown millions among the Portuguese and Brazilians in the UK.
The APSC and Athletic Newham Football Club support those of these communities who have language as a barrier and/or those who lack an understanding of the UK social system here described as an arrangement of social interaction based on shared norms and values.
APSC since June 2018 that has managed to collective work with many local and national community groups and organizations through successfully educating the diverse communities in the UK about who are the Afro Portuguese speaking communities, promoting participation, engagement and inclusion between different cultures, and through the I.M.A.G.E.M. Base model Program APSC has been adding the importance of collective performance, knowledge, development of live skills and understanding of the issues within the community. We have been also providing community services with reduced costs and an APEX CARD that offer discounts to the APSC members in restaurants, health clinics, barbers and hairdressers, accounting and solicitors, with these we managed to deliver free community workshops, activities and events.
The African Portuguese Speaking Community in the UK
The integration of the Afro-Portuguese Community into British society, the need to raise awareness in the Afro-Portuguese Community of the importance of participation and engagement with the British multicultural communities in social activities and projects, as well as with decision makers, is not only fundamental for community empowerment but for the service providers understand the this community issues, and consequently resulting in parents gaining power that they lost due to language barriers to play their role as parents and young people start to have their role as apprentice. And, that intellectual power, economic and social growth of a family only happens if there is engagement and participation from each one of us and our community as a whole.
Since the African Portuguese Speaking Community (APSC) started to work with the people of the community, it was quickly discovered that the local UK Authorities and Social Services never heard of this community adding that they knew them as Portuguese.
During COVID-19 APSC has experienced one of the most difficult times not only for the Afro Portuguese People but for all of us. Having said that many within the Afro Portuguese communities in the Borough of Barking and Dagenham have not only common difficulties such as an considerable increase in domestic violence, mental health, unemployment and homelessness, adding the language barriers and without a place to turn for help, the Afro People had also experienced discrimination whilst the government measurements were taken place, many afro Portuguese cleaners who cannot speak English were unfairly treated, has many supervisors use the pandemic situation as an excuse to keep the furlough money for themselves. APSC was crucial during these difficult times becoming the only voice these community members could count on. APSC also argues that within British society, there was and is no system in place that efficiently works with people from Afro Portuguese countries. Up to 95% of the 200,000 Afro- Portuguese speakers who entered the United Kingdom with a Portuguese passport, need support. This has consequently resulted in over three decades of a sense of feeling and being excluded from British society. There is also strong evidence to suggest that whatever in place CIC, Charities, or Non-profit Organizations, very little or almost nothing has been done to change this. APSC argues that this is due to the lack of access to funding that in turn results in the lack of participation for and on the community initiatives or projects. We also know that the other Afro-Portuguese NGOs who have been working as volunteers in their spare time, do not have a proper structured organization that they can attend to support the community needs and aspirations.