OUR MISSION & HISTORY
Enfield Caribbean Association (ECA) established in 1986, aims through engagements with the London Borough of Enfield and other relevant statutory and voluntary bodies, to create an inclusive, fair and equal Enfield community, in which people of Caribbean origin can develop their full potential as visible, positive participants and contributors.
ECA works to ensure that Enfield's Caribbean Community is fully informed about services it needs, including advocacy, support, befriending, and social and cultural activities.
The Association has contributed to many local initiatives, including a campaign to mark the bicentenary of the 1807 Abolition of the North Atlantic Slave trade with the commemorative plaques now in place at Enfield Civic Centre, Edmonton Library and Community House, Enfield.
ECA was founded by a small group of like minded individuals who wished to provide activities and services to local people. Many of them are still active within the Association today. Originally called Enfield Afro-Caribbean Association – Afro was dropped after a few years.
The first grant of £600 was received in 1988 from the Commission for Racial Equality.
The Luncheon Club, which began in Howard Hall over 20 years ago, was one of the early developments along with an annual outing. Vince Campbell was amongst the first co-ordinators/cooks. Today the Luncheon Club meets on Fridays at 1:00pm at Trinity at Bowes Methodist Church, Palmers Green.
Activities linked to One world week took place annually.
In 1996 some of our young people took part in the Windsor Fellowship Undergraduate training programme – excellent programme for talented young people.
First office base – Portacabin, Knights Lane, then moved 2008 to Claverings Industrial Estate in a shared area with a few other voluntary sector organisations before the final move to Community House.
Our Exercise class took place at Edmonton Baptist Church before relocating to Community House. This has developed into a drop-in after the exercises. An average of 20 participants take part each week. Meeting Thursdays 10.00am to 12.00pm at Community House, Edmonton.
THE ECA TRUSTEES
The ECA is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO). The Executive Committee currently consists of 7 members. The Trustees and the Committee meet regularly throughout the year. An Annual General Meeting is held in February/March every year