Aga Khan Social Welfare Board

The Aga Khan Social Welfare Board (AKSWB) is a volunteer organisation under the Ismaili Council for the United Kingdom (UK). The Boards primary objective is to maintain or improve the Quality of Life of members of the Jamat through targeted social support systems, information and empowerment.

Child Benefits
Child Benefits
29 May 2020

Child Benefit is money paid to parents or other people who are responsible for bringing up a child.  You can now claim child benefit for new-borns before registering their birth. There are no specific age rules for the person making the claim. This is not a means tested benefit. Although child benefit is not taxable, you may be liable for a tax charge if you or your partner earn over £50,000.

Bereavement Support
Bereavement Support
29 May 2020

For most of us, bereavement will be the most distressing experience we will ever face. Grief is what we feel when somebody we are close to dies. Everyone experiences grief differently and there is no normal or right way to grieve. There are various organisations which provide advice and support during these challenging times, some of these have been listed below:

Bereavement Abroad
Bereavement Abroad
29 May 2020

What to Do if Someone dies Abroad
It can be a challenging and emotional time when someone passes away, but it may seem even more distressing if they die abroad.

AKSWB Inclusion - Supporting families of children with additional needs
AKSWB Inclusion - Supporting families of children with additional needs
24 May 2020

Preparing for the transition back to school

Guide to Disability and Benefits
Guide to Disability and Benefits
19 April 2020

If you have an illness or disability it can make life difficult and affect your income, especially if you have to give up work or cut down your hours. Having a little extra money could help you to pay for things that you need. There are various benefits which are available depending on your age and circumstances.  

Listening for Loneliness
Listening for Loneliness
16 April 2020

“Loneliness does not come from having no people about one, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to oneself” – Carl Jung

Strategies to support your neurodiverse child during lockdown
Strategies to support your neurodiverse child during lockdown
16 April 2020

AKSWB have provided some strategies that may assist parents and carers to support their neurodiverse child during lockdown.

Guide to Universal Credit
Guide to Universal Credit
8 April 2020

This article explains what Universal Credit is and how you may be eligible to this benefit.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and Benefits
Coronavirus (Covid-19) and Benefits
31 March 2020

The UK Government has provided guidance to those seeking benefits which has been disrupted due to coronavirus. Below is a summary of key important points.

Disability Awareness Day at the Ismaili Centre, London attracted a large cross-section of the Jamat, who took part in workshops and activities to discuss disability and mental health sensitivities.
Disability Awareness Day at the Ismaili Centre, London attracted a large cross-section of the Jamat, who took part in workshops and activities to discuss disability and mental health sensitivities.
Dismantling the barriers of disability
Dismantling the barriers of disability
4 April 2014

More than one billion people around the world live with disabilities – approximately 15 per cent of humanity – but they are excluded from full participation in mainstream society by physical, social, economic and attitudinal barriers. Disability Days and other initiatives organised by the UK Jamat, show that these barriers can be overcome.

Participants at the Seniors Fair learn new exercise routines to improve their health and wellbeing.
Participants at the Seniors Fair learn new exercise routines to improve their health and wellbeing.
Ismaili Seniors in the UK learn new skills and reconnect at annual fair
Ismaili Seniors in the UK learn new skills and reconnect at annual fair
16 July 2012

Over 900 senior members of the Jamat from around the United Kingdom participated in a Seniors Fair organised by the Aga Khan Social Welfare Board last month. The event, which took place at Watford Colosseum attracted interest from the BBC Asian Network, who reported on how the Ismaili community is helping its elderly members stay up-to-date with technological advancements.

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