The Population

We are based in the Park Ward area of Halifax. This is a region with a high Muslim population mainly from a Pakistani ethnic background. More specifically there is a large group of first, second and third generation immigrants from the Mirpur region of Pakistan controlled Kashmir.

The Calderdale council website provides information about the health and social inequalities in this area. This includes some of the highest rates of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other diseases in the area and the country.

The levels of poverty as assessed using surrogate markers such as the uptake of free school meals, is very high.

Poor educational attainment is also a recognised problem for schools in the area.