Huddersfield African Caribbean Cultural Trust (HACCT) is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO). We are a are fully constituted with a Management Committee comprising of Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and specified officers responsible for financial management and marketing. We have six trustees and 2 sub committees responsible for delivering the annual Huddersfield Carnival and establishing/securing a community community centre.
The objects of the CIO are: 

1)  To advance, promote, encourage and develop appreciation of and participation in African – Caribbean arts and culture including Carnival and street arts, their traditions, music and crafts in particular but not exclusively through the provision of arts workshops, activities and events throughout the year and by the promotion and organisation of an annual carnival in Huddersfield. 

2)  To further or benefit the residents of Huddersfield and the neighbourhood, without distinction of sex, sexual orientation, race, disability, age or of political, religious or other opinions by associating together the said residents and the local authorities, voluntary and other organisations in a common effort to advance education and to provide facilities in the interests of social welfare for recreation leisure time occupation with the objective of improving the conditions of life for the residents.  

In furtherance of this object but not otherwise, the trustees shall have power: 

To establish or secure the establishment of a community centre and to maintain or manage or co-operate with any statutory authority in the maintenance and management of such a centre for the activities promoted by the charity in furtherance of the above objects.

3)  To advance any purpose which is exclusively charitable according to the laws of England and Wales for the benefit of the public in Huddersfield and surrounding area by the provision of grants and funding to local charities as the trustees shall determine.

In summary, we aspire to develop and maintain a robust framework that will support and continue to benefit African Caribbean descendants residing across Kirklees. The Trust aims to make a positive contribution, driving the traditions of African Caribbean culture through delivering and supporting cultural arts and heritage.

Our mission is:

• to put heritage and arts at the very centre of delivery; engaging and supporting children, young adults, families and the older generation.

• increase the sustainability of HACCT and associated activities to maximize income generation and growth opportunities.

• influence the development in the practice of African Caribbean cultural arts across Kirklees and local training in carnival art forms.

• further develop a collective and collaborative working model across the borough and with all stakeholders – local, national and international.

• organise an annual programme culminating in Carnival Weekend

• secure a community building through an community asset transfer, build effective networks to provide social, welfare, recreation and leisure facilities which improve the lives of residents

• to provide an exciting range of community based activity, workshops and projects

• creating positive outcomes for children and young people, support for volunteers and community partners.

• to continue to work towards widening participation amongst diverse local communities

We further aspire to; 

Promote and celebrate the achievements of African Caribbean people: 

  • Black History Month Events 
  • Highlighting inspirational people 
  • Develop inspirers in communities to work in schools and youth centres for the benefit of members and residents.  

Support the community to promote a range of health and wellbeing initiatives and promoting awareness of key issues affecting the community: 

  • Prostrate & other Cancers 
  • Mental & Emotional Health 
  • Diabetes 
  • Dementia 
  • Hypertension 
  • Sickle Cell 
  • Substance Misuse 
  • Explore possibilities for opportunities for young people from the African Caribbean Community to take up Apprenticeship opportunities.
  • Canvass the Council and large employers to consider Positive Action Employee/training
  • Monitor education performance of African Caribbean children in schools
  • Promote success and good news stories during Black History Month.
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