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ANNUAL REPORT

2007-2008

 


Preston Muslim Forum


CORE SERVICES

The core services now extends to providing Information, Advice and practical support on the variety of issues and that matters most to the clients such as social welfare, advocacy and forms filling. The service on employment and training still continues.

 

PRESTON EMPLOYMENT PARTNERSHIP (PEP):

One of the most successful partnership and meaningful relationship established to provide immense benefits to the clients in the areas of training and employment. The clients are now able to access job vacancies with support mechanism and expertise provided by PEP staff based at Preston Muslim Forum (PMF). From April 2007 to March 2008, 182 clients were registered with success rate of 72% securing employment and 28% were also enrolled for various skills based training courses.

PR1ME FOCUS

The project ‘Access to Opportunities’ was launched in January 2008 and involved securing funding for a 17 seater mini bus in partnership with Red Rose Sports Club and Canaries Football Club.

 

+VE MINDS

PMF has secured first round of funding to meet government’s outcome on the prevention strand of violent extremism agenda. The project is designed in partnership with Shabash and local imaam.

PRESTON EAST CHILDRENCENTRE

The partnership established since June 2005 through SLA and involved secondment of PMF chief officer finished in March 2008. The strong foundation laid by PMF and PECC puts both organisations in a good stead to continue delivering children and families’ agenda in partnership. PMF will continue to be a referral point for the families from Deepdale and assist them to facilitate their access to the services they are entitled to. PMF on behalf of PECC will run the Dads Group at Hamaara Centre every fortnight and manage play group assistant. We hope this relationship will continue for the benefit of families in the Deepdale area.

 

LUNCHEON CLUB

This much awaited services for the elderly people started in Feb 2008. This is initially a one year project funded by Preston Older People Partnership Board. Age Concern has also kindly contributed the resources. This is held at Preston Muslim Girls High School once a week and we hope that this becomes a long term feature in the area.

 

PQASSO

PMF successfully went through the quality standard process conducted by the city council. PMF is also participating in the capacity building workshops organised by City Council as part of their ‘Building the Future’ project.

 

AWARDS FOR ALL

Funding secured in February 2008 to deliver services for elderly people.

 

CONSULTATIONS

PMF was commissioned to carry out community consultations from the Probation Services and the University of Central Lancashire.

 

PMF YOUTH CLUB

The youth club made significant progress in terms of young people’s participation, activities and volunteer contribution. The improved and spacious layout of the youth club now includes computers with broadband internet, and sports and other equipments including mini gym. Over the summer period the young people were taken on several planned trips such as ice skating, cinemas, ten pin bowling, football stadium, etc. The arts and craft workshops were held for young girls and separate girl’s only sporting sessions. The project funded by Young People Fund finishes in March 2009.

 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION

A one year multi-faith project was successfully delivered involving various outdoor and indoor activities involving young people from more than two faiths.

 

UK NATIONALITY SESSIONS

A bespoke software was produced to provide practice sessions to those applying for the British Citizenship at a nominal charge.

 

LANCASHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL

One year funding secured from June 07 to cover PMF’s core costs and services related to families and children.

 

WAY FORWARD 2008-2009

Build on the good practice from Preston Employment Partnership, and deliver enhanced employment initiatives.

 

Work closely with the County Council’s commissioning process to deliver Children/Family and older people services.

 

Increase youth activities to include awareness of current issues related to Muslim youths.

 

Build capacity of local groups in the areas of family learning, youth activities and community development.

 

SURGERIES:

The surgeries for council tax, housing, immigration and Police are still continuing.

 

 

 

Preston Muslim Forum

185 Deepdale Road

Preston PR1 6LJ

 

Youth Club at:

Hamaara Centre, Rear of 158 Castleton Road, Preston

 

Tel: 01772 889000  / E-mail:    pmforum@hotmail.com

 

Website:   www.pmforum.org.uk

 

Regstd. Charity Number: 1064609

 

 

service for all

SERVICES FOR ALL

 

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

 

preston city council      Charity logo                     pqsso image                   focus logo    Matrix logo 

  Lancashire           PECC image                Awards for all logo                           Community development Foundation                     preston e,ployment partnership logo

           

Chief Officer’s Comments

 

2007-2008 has been a steady but on the whole a successful year. The achievements highlighted in this report were also accompanied by some disappointments, mainly the unsuccessful outcome of the Reaching Communities fund and ending of SLA with Preston East Children Centre. This SLA has supported my position at PMF since June 2005. The relationship will still continue on a different level.

 

The future for various funding streams looks uncertain as ever and we are looking at new ways for organisation’s sustainability, such as commissioning of services, delivery of training and so on.

 

The ever changing priorities of the government and the funders have enabled PMF to adapt to the changes and explore other areas.  2007-2008 saw PMF securing funding for varied and challenging projects such as older people, preventing violent extremism, multi-faith, families and children services. I hope that PMF’s maintains it’s flexibility and is willing to push the boundaries to deliver much needed services to the community

 

The worklessness agenda, commissioning of lower level needs for older people and preventing violent extremism will be next priorities and PMF is in a good stead to contribute the outcome of the above strands more effectively.

 

Anis Faruki

 

 


OVERVIEW USER INFORMATION / 2007-2008

2007-2008

Apr07

May07

Jun07

Jul07

Aug07

Sep07

Oct07

Nov07

Dec07

Jan08

Feb08

Mar08

Total

No. of people

479

470

488

450

349

465

398

979

887

853

468

581

6867

 

Gender

Apr07

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Jan

Feb

Mar

Total

Male

229

252

244

260

217

249

237

285

270

236

259

302

3040

Female

350

318

344

290

232

316

261

394

317

309

379

3827

3827

Total

579

570

588

550

449

565

498

679

587

553

568

681

6867

Nature of Services

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Employment

22

19

27

12

26

17

15

18

10

13

10

09

198

Social welfare/advocacy

114

98

97

94

100

150

114

106

127

136

130

107

1373

Forms Filling

73

88

79

68

77

93

44

80

73

65

75

76

891

Immigration

28

32

40

27

19

18

36

31

26

29

14

39

339

In-House Surgeries

51

68

61

33

39

33

21

44

16

50

22

27

465

Other

250

348

288

276

301

289

271

313

312

349

335

269

3601

Total

538

653

592

510

562

600

501

592

564

642

586

527

6867

Type of Enquiry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Telephone

150

100

102

123

108

111

101

104

109

110

105

108

1331

Drop-In

512

389

487

432

455

487

461

491

389

457

488

488

5536

Total

662

489

589

555

563

598

562

595

498

567

593

596

6867

 

120 young people age group 8-25 years attend youth club every week


 

20 elderly people attend luncheon club every week