Sikh Welfare & Research Trust

promoting the welfare of individuals, communities and their environments based on principles of Sikh philosophy

What we do

Sikh Welfare &Research Trust (SWRT) is a charity that promotes the welfare of individuals, communities and their environments based on principles of Sikh philosophy. Equality, justice and volunteering (sewa) underpin SWRT’s work which includes project work, research, campaigns, and supporting individuals and organisations in the voluntary sector. SWRT works collaboratively and in partnership with other organisations. SWRT’s key ethos is humanitarian and it engages with and supports organisations and individuals regardless of their beliefs, religion, race or nationality.

Our Clients.

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 PROJECTS

Weundertakea wide range of research and welfare projects to enquire about issues of concern in the Sikh community to contribute towards relevant development of policy, service delivery and to promote awareness either directly, in partnership and collaboration with other organisations or through organisations we support. A few examples of work undertaken over the years are provided below:

Organ Donation – PROJECT 550-

Undertaken in partnership with Sri Guru Singh Sabha Southall (SGSSS) and with a small funding from NHS Blood and Transfusion Unit. The aim of the project was to recruit 550 organ donors in the year of Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s (founder of Sikhi) 550th birth anniversary in 2019, an important act of sewa amidst a shortage of donors in Black And Minority Ethnic communities. A range of activities were undertaken to recruit donors. These included face to face discussions with people visiting gurudwaras over six occasions, Punjabi TV and Radio shows to promote organ donation, religious and medical experts giving talks at gurudwara and with elderly and women’s groups, organ donor family members and organ recipients talking about their experiences and benefits of receiving organs. The project successfully recruited 625 donors who registered with the National Organ Donor Register to record their decision.

The State of the Sikh Voluntary Community Sector

A year- long project that looked at the state of the Sikh Voluntary Community Sector, its successes and challenges. The project was conducted by looking at a number of Sikh Punjabi voluntary organisations and through discussions with them. It examined the barriers facing the Sikh Voluntary Community Sector, what could be improved and how they could be strengthened. The project was funded by Capacity Builders.

Gurseva project

In 1998, SWRT initiatedGurseva project that began by collecting and sending dry excess food ingredients from Gurdwaras to conflict areas such as Bosnia. It also branched into delivering cookedfood (langar) to London refugee centre and later to homeless people in London on a weekly basis.The project was administered by volunteers with small grant support at different times to cover transport and associated costs. The project carried on until 2010.

Suicides among Sikh Young Men

A small research project undertaken by SWRT to find out why Sikh young men commit suicides. The issue was expressed as a concern in many quarters of the community. SWRT was successful in gaining a small National Lottery Award to carry out the national research. Families of suicide victims were approached through gurdwaras and trusted community members. Findings revealed a complexity of issues for bereaved families including guilt, incomprehension and isolation.

Culture Diversity and Community Cohesion Southall Report

This was a conference-based project carried out with SHRG that looked at what made Southall a success as a place of cultural diversity and community cohesion. With participants from individuals and organisations representing various backgrounds, ethnicities and sectors, the project delivered a report from inputs from participants.

 Advice

We offer a range of advice on Sikhi related and general issues of interest and concern to individuals and organisations. These include:

 sUPPORT

We offer a range of advice on Sikhi related and general issues of interest and concern to individuals and organisations. These include:

British Sikh Consultative Forum (BSCF)www.bscf.org

BSCF is a national forum of Sikh Gurdwaras and organisations that strives to bring consensus on issues of common interest to the Sikhs in the UK and interfaces with the Government and other communities. The Forum works by holding consultations among Sikhs across the country. These are then conveyed to the relevant authorities and Government departments as the common consensus and dissensions on any particular issue.BSCF was formed in 2002. It has an executive body that manages the consultations and represents the BSCF. There are several associated organisations that feed into the BSCF. As a forum, the BSCF does not dictate any decisions on any Sikh institution.

 

One of the key events of BSCF is the annual Vaisakhi function held at the Houses of Parliament. It is an opportunity for the Sikh community to celebrate the important festival with parliamentarians, members of other faith communities and Government officials.

 

An example of BSCF’s consultations with Sikh gurdwaras was on Covid-19 advice and discussion for re-opening gurdwaras safely with an expert in the virus field.60 gurdwaras participated in a Zoom meeting in July 2020.

Sikh Human Rights Groupwww.shrg.net

The Sikh Human Rights Group (SHRG) is a group of volunteers and activists with a mutual interest in the protection and promotion of human rights, the peaceful resolution of conflicts and reform of the agencies of the United Nations to reflect the needs of the people rather than the states. SHRG was formally established in 1984 in response to the worsening human rights situation in North West India. The group has since increased its sphere of work to include minority rights, Transnationals, internal conflicts and sustainable development as well as human rights cases from other regions. SHRG work takes the form of human rights activism, academic reports, organisation and participation in relevant conferences.

SHRG has special consultative status with ECOSOC (United Nations Economic and Social Council).

Lokmarg voice of the people project www.lokmarg.com

In 2018, SWRT started working with an online publication to promote the voice of the common person in India. It supports a project called ‘LOK’ for lokmarg.com, an online publication. LOK encourages citizen journalism from ordinary people helped by professional journalists to get their stories out to the world.

 About Us

Sikh Welfare &Research Trust (SWRT) was established in 1997 to nurture, support and fund organisations and individuals involved in voluntary sector activities, research and human rights work regardless of their backgrounds including religion, race or nationality. 

SWRT supports a broad range of activities based on the principles of Sikh philosophy which include

Alleviation of poverty, hunger and homelessness

Promotion of social and economic housing

voluntary work in social, legal and economic welfare

principles and enjoyment of human rights

enjoyment and coexistence of different cultures, religions and people

advice on civil rights and general welfare

principles and enjoyment of economic and social rights and development

Principles and advancement of social and political coexistence and pluralistic societies

SWRT principally focuses on the Sikh community with strong emphasis on partnerships and collaborations with other communities to benefit all. It also works with and assists other communities and organisations where their aims are consistent with those of SWRT.

We welcome voluntary person resources and financial donations to promote SWRT’s work based on Sikhi principles.

OUR VISION STATEMENT

All human beings and communities co-existing with dignity and in harmony with each other, with nature and with cosmos as taught by Sikhi.

To promote the principles of Sikh philosophy in the fields of voluntary sector activities, research and human rights work through projects and by supporting, funding and working in partnership with other organisations and individuals regardless of their belief, religion, race or nationality.

GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATION (GDPR) POLICY

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Policies GDPR

GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATION (GDPR) POLICY

1) Definitions

  • 1. Personal data is information about a person which is identifiable as being about them. It can be stored electronically or on paper, and includes images and audio recordings as well as written information.

     

    2. Data protection is about how we, as an organisation, ensure we protect the rights and privacy of individuals, and comply with the law, when collecting, storing, using, amending, sharing, destroying or deleting personal data.


2) Responsibility

  • 1. Overall and final responsibility for data protection lies with the Trustees, who are responsible for overseeing activities and ensuring this policy is upheld.

     

    2. All staff and volunteers are responsible for observing this policy, and related procedures, in all areas of their work for the forum .


3) Overall Policy Statement


  • 1. SWRT needs to keep personal data about its trustees, members, staff, volunteers and supporters in order to carry out its activities.

     

    2. We will collect, store, use, amend, share, destroy or delete personal data only in ways which protect people’s privacy and comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and other relevant legislation.

     

    3. We will only collect, store and use the minimum amount of data that we need for clear purposes, and will not collect, store or use data we do not need.

     

    4. We will only collect, store and use data for:
    o purposes for which the individual has given consent, or
    o purposes that are in our organisation’s legitimate interests, or
    o contracts with the individual whose data it is, or
    o to comply with legal obligations, or
    o to protect someone’s life, or
    o to perform public tasks.

     

    5. We will provide individuals with details of the data we have about them when requested by the relevant individual.

     

    6. We will delete data if requested by the relevant individual, unless we need to keep it for legal reasons.

     

    7. We will endeavour to keep personal data up-to-date and accurate.

     

    8. We will store personal data securely.

     

    9. We will keep clear records of the purposes of collecting and holding specific data, to ensure it is only used for these purposes.

     

    10. We will not share personal data with third parties without the explicit consent of the relevant individual, unless legally required to do so.

     

    11. We will endeavour not to have data breaches. In the event of a data breach, we will endeavour to rectify the breach by getting any lost or shared data back. We will evaluate our processes and understand how to avoid it happening again. Serious data breaches which may risk someone’s personal rights or freedoms will be reported to the Information Commissioner’s Office within 72 hours, and to the individual concerned.

     

    12. To uphold this policy, we will maintain a set of data protection procedures for our committee, staff and volunteers to follow.


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  • This Cookie Policy explains what cookies are and how we use them - what type of cookies we use, the information we collect using cookies and how that information is used.

     
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5) Review

  • This policy will be reviewed every two years.

    Last reviewed May 2021