About us

Greater Sylhet Development and Welfare Council (GSC) in UK is a voluntary organisation established in 1993.

GSC shall remain as a politically non-partisan voluntary organisation to assist the Bangladeshi community in the UK through the provision of advice, information, counselling, support, interpretation, translation and other services.

Greater Sylhet Development and Welfare Council (GSC) in UK is a voluntary and nationwide charity organisation established in 1993. The organisation is run by an elected National Executive Committee and is governed by a constitution. GSC has twelve regional committees and ten Branches. GSC works with various ministries of government for the welfare of the British Bangladeshi community in the UK and wider society for community cohesion and integrations with the British society.

Up to 95% of Bangladeshis living in the United Kingdom either originate or come from the Greater Sylhet Region (Sylhet, Maulvibazar, Habiganj and Sunamganj) of Bangladesh. The people of Sylhet have made great contributions to the construction of their homeland (Bangladesh), as well as towards the present multi-racial British society and have a natural link with Greater Sylhet and thus, they always extend their helping hands for any cause be it for the war for liberation as it was in 1971 or for helping Bangladesh as a whole in natural calamities like cyclone or floods.

Despite such a record or contribution and devotion, it is said that the community and its region back in Bangladesh faced multiple deprivation in all aspects of life.

In the United Kingdom, this community is one of the most disadvantaged in housing, social conditions, employment and education sectors, hence the creation of the Greater Sylhet Development and Welfare Council in the UK.

During the last few decades, the world has been changed so radically that people regardless of state boundaries have witness revolutions in terms of information, technological advancement, genetics and aspirations and thrives of human beings regarding their status of lives. We have witnessed popular assertiveness in the grass-root level and generated the ideas of inter-organisational linkage commonly termed as networking in spheres of sharing of information, ideas, resources, organisational policy and capacity. Alongside other charity organisations in the UK, GSC has made tremendous contributions in some spheres of development activities and made breakthrough in some.

How GSC Formed

The honourable leaders of Sylheti Community living the United Kingdom gathered at the Moulvibazar Centre in Warren St, London on the 11th May 1991 and formed an organisation by the name of Greater Sylhet Development & Welfare Council in UK (GSC). They started to contact the Sylheti Community residing in each and every cities of the UK. After two years of working in grassroots they formed regional committees. Under the leadership of Coordinators Mr Saleh Khan, Mr Wali Tasar Uddin JP, Dr Kobir Choudhury, Mr M Alauddin Ahmed and the Chief Coordinator Late Mr Wahid Uddin Ahmed Kutub. On the 20th and 21st of April 1993 a two day residential conference was held in Aston University, Birmingham. Members throughout the country attended as delegates.

The Right Honourable Peter Lloyd MP, the then Home Office Minister was the chief guest. Dr Hasnat M Hussain MBE and Dr Kobir Choudhury acted as election commissioners alongside with the Chief Election Commissioner Late Honourable Mr Tassadduk Ahmed MBE. Late Mr Wahidus Samad Choudhury and Late Mr Wahid Uddin Ahmed Kutub contested as Chairman. The delegates casted their votes and Mr Wahid Uddin Ahmed Kutub was voted as the Chairman, Mr Koysor Mahmudul Haque Syed as the General Secretary and Mr Md Mahidur Rahman as the Treasurer. Many regional coordinators where also present who worked heart and soulfully for the GSC.

WHAT THE CHARITY DOES...

  • General charitable purposes
  • Education/Training/ Employment
  • Health or Saving of lives
  • The prevention or Relief of poverty
  • Overseas aid & Famine Relief
  • Accommodation/Housing
  • Religious Activities/ Amateur Sport
  • Arts/Culture/Heritage/Science
  • Environment/Conservation/Heritage
  • Economic/Community Development
  • Human rights/Disability/Recreation
  • Religious or Racial harmony/Equality or Diversity

WHO THE CHARITY HELPS...

  • Children/ Young People
  • Elderly/ Old People
  • People with disabilities
  • People of a particular ethnic
  • Other charities
  • Other voluntary bodies
  • People of a particular racial origin
  • Other defined groups
  • People in poverty
  • Unemployed
  • The general public

HOW THE CHARITY WORKS...

  • Makes grants to individuals
  • Makes grants to organisations
  • Provides other finance
  • Provides human resources
  • Provides buildings/facilities/open space
  • Provides services
  • Provides advocacy
  • Provides¬†advice and information
  • Sponsors or undertakes research
  • Acts as an umbrella or resource body
  • Other charitable activities