A focus for the Black community
by Rob Smith & Bernadette Grocock
On 29th January SYAC held a community
engagement day at the SADACCA Community Centre to inform people
about the forth coming transfer of SYAC from Council control
into the hands of the community.
After sharing a large array of West Indian and
diverse cuisine, we were asked to move inside the main hall
to discuss these important issues.
Bernadette Grocock, SYAC Manager, opened the
meeting explaining that this year Sheffield’s Black
community will regain control of SYAC. “There is a need
for the centre to remain a focus of the Black community”
Formerly known as the ACE Centre, it ran into
financial difficulties that led to receivership, but can now
boast a complete and successful turnaround.
Bernadette explains the background and significance
of this event and thanks all those who took part and have
helped to make this happen.
“SYAC Limited is a registered
company limited by guarantee. It was incorporated on 27th
October 1995. It was originally called ‘South Yorkshire
African Caribbean Business and Enterprise Training Centre
Limited’, but immediately became known as SYAC, so
on 10th November 1997 the name was officially changed.
“At the moment Sheffield
City Council is the only member of SYAC Limited. It was
originally set up like this as an interim measure pending
arrangements to transfer control to the African Caribbean
community. The Council has used its power to appoint a board
of Directors, which is predominantly drawn from the community.
There are currently six Directors, five from the African
Caribbean community and one from the Council.
“The proposed transfer of
control will be achieved by appointing a number of predominantly
African Caribbean organisations as members of SYAC Limited
and the Council will remain as a member, but in a minority
capacity. It is also proposed that at the time the Company
is transferred to the community the Council would grant
a 20-year lease of the Centre to the Company at a peppercorn
“Following the transfer
of control of the company to the community, the company
may wish to seek registration as a charity.
“We are working towards
completion of the transfer for the beginning of April this
For further detail about the transfer on SYAC
please contact the Manager. Bernadette Grocock on 223 2100
or email email@example.com.