A LOTTERY grant will help Huddersfield’s Asian community trace some of their roots.
The £23,400 grant will enable Huddersfield’s Pakistani Youth Forum to research the lives of many of the town’s early Asian immigrants.
Young volunteer members of Huddersfield’s Pakistani Youth Forum will help to lead the project that has been backed by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
Helping them on their journey of discovery will be the Huddersfield Pakistani Community Alliance which has been awarded the grant from the HLF’s Young Roots programme.
The year-long project, called Desi to Pardesi, is beginning this month and will help the young volunteers learn how the first generation of immigrants arriving in Yorkshire during the 1950s and 1960s had to adapt to new and very unfamiliar surroundings.
They will discover how they learned to cope with the language, the food, the environment, modes of dress, and even the British weather – things that today’s generation of young people sometimes take for granted.
It is hoped that the project will also help older people to understand the challenges young people face.
About 20 young volunteers aged between 13 and 25 will interview older members of the Pakistani community, and carry out research with support from Huddersfield’s Tolson Museum.
Fiona Spiers, of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said: “This project will enable a group of young people to shine a light on the past, to gain a valuable insight into their community’s history and development.”
Mumtaz Ali, of the Huddersfield Pakistani Community Alliance, said: “It will be crucial in recording the history of the first south Asian arrivals to Huddersfield.
“Unfortunately due to most of this group being very elderly this story will soon be lost as will the lesson which young people can learn from.”