The organisation was set up in 1998 in the North West of Glasgow, when a gap in service provision for minority ethnic communities was identified. It started off with a drop-in service and with the communities´ dedicated efforts, it was recognised by the local authorities and attracted the support of local elected members.

Asra was recognised as a Scottish charity on 2001. We currently have over 200 members from diverse communitites ranging from 20 to 90 years of age and an average daily attendance of 30 people. At the core of the organisation is the day care provision for older and disabled people, their carers and families from minority ethnic communities, including asylum seekers and refugee communitites.
The day care service gives communities an opportunity to socialise, take part in various activities and share their knowledge with each other. Groups such as South Asian (Pakistan, India, Bangadesh and Afghanistan), Algerian, African Arab and women only & single women (EKTA) group, schedule to meet all together and on their own at different times and days in orded to meet their cultural needs.
Some of the activities developed and aimed to sustain are;
  • Indoor sports
  • Information library
  • Exercise classes
  • IT classes
  • English classes
  • Sewing classes
  • Confidential and expert advice on welfare rights
  • Celebration of diverse cultural and religious events
  • Regular visits by a health representative to check on member´s general health
  • Therapies sessions


The project aims to promote equality and empowerment and challenge all types of racism and social exclusion


  • Improve health and wellbeing
  • Reduce Isolation
  • Improve integration
  • Increase access to lifelong learning


View our Annual Reports below