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Chair’s Forward

 During the last year there have been many exciting and significant developments making year 2003-2004 a challenging and busy year.

In the light of considerable difficulties encountered in terms of staffing and resources, I am indebted to the excellent contribution of all our dedicated staff, volunteers, service providers and users. Without them Preston Muslim Forum would not be the well respected organisation that it is.

I welcome addition of two new part time team members, male community development officer and the admin officer respectively. I am also pleased to welcome Siraaz Natha who has voluntarily assumed overall responsibility in the areas of policy and resources. I am sure that his experience and expertise will bring enormous benefits to PMF.


PMF through considerable hard work has evolved into an effective ‘partner’ organisation, providing a much needed link with the community and a platform to reflect the ever changing and diverse needs of the community.

I on the behalf of management board have no hesitation in affirming our commitment to our following mission statement, which always remains at the heart of what we do:

 

Iqbal Patel

Chair

Preston Muslim Forum

 

Introduction

 

This report summarises Preston Muslim forum’s work between April 2003 and March 2004. It describes our main achievements during these 12 months and also talks about the challenges we have faced, some of which are continuing.

Vision Statement:

‘PMF seeks to improve the lives and well being of Muslims and the community at large by developing community led solutions fostering understanding and co-operation between communities, advocating culturally sensitive and effective public services’.

 Following is the staff and volunteers responsible for day to day running of the organisation:

Name                      Role

Siraaz Natha           Policy & Resource Lead  (Volunteer)

Ismail Seedat          Immigration/Passports (Volunteer)

Sabiha Rashid        Community Development Officer(F)

Anis Faruki            Community Development Officer(M)

Saleemah Bargit    Admin.Officer

Nafeesa Ahmed     Admin Assistant

Following members sit on the management committee and are responsible for steering strategic issues:

Name                          Profession                

Iqbal Patel                   Sales Executive

Farooq Patel                Charted Accountant

Arif Barber                  Solicitor

Yasmin Shakur            Co-ordinator-Residential Homes

Khadija Aziz               Qualified youth worker

Fateema Master           Probation Officer

Latifa Patel                  NSPCC-Child welfare

Ismail Patel                 Local priest

Sohail Nawaz              Accounts Manager

Siraz Natha                  Diversity Advisor
 

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An Overview – Last 12 months

The priorities for PMF during the 12 months that this report covers, agreed by the management board have been to:

 The report covers the progress we have made towards meeting all these priorities. There is still room to make further progress in the future.

 Listening to the views and experiences of those who use our services continues to be our most important source of feedback.

 The environment in which we operate is experiencing significant changes and presented us with a number of challenges, for example:

 Increase in number of organisations providing similar services

 

One to One Services

 

Information, Advice and Guidance continues to be the core services and also one of the most popular. This involves drafting a plan of action, completing application forms, conduct mock interviews, assisting with job search including networking with relevant agencies such as employment services, NOW network, LSC, training providers and connexions and monitoring client’s progress.

 

Performance 2003-2004

Services

Numbers

Number of people trained and obtaining qualifications

37

Number of people benefiting from projects promoting personal and social development

93

Number of people given access to new health facilities/opportunities

79

Number of people given access to new sports facilities/opportunities

20

Number of communities provided with capacity building support

4

Number of residents accessing employment through targeted advice and training

38

 

Number of disadvantaged groups obtaining jobs

14

Number of people benefiting from projects designed to enhance or improve attainment

72

 

Number of community safety initiatives

1

 

The above figures for the year 2003-2004 not only reflect the popularity and demand of these services but also PMF’s expertise and commitment for successful deliverance. PMF was successful in securing additional quota of IAG clients from NOW network, on top of their existing target.

The Female Community Development Officer is in process of undertaking NVQ 4 in Advice and Guidance, which on completion will bear the hallmark of a quality and professional service.

Life long learning courses for women and ESOL for men continues to grow since they were first established. Additional classes have been set up at PMF to meet the growing demand.

Job Centre plus advisor received highest numbers of referrals from PMF compared to his other outreach surgeries in Preston.

The Male and Female Community Development Officers (MCDO & FCDO) promote volunteering as a credible entry route into employment and for personal development purposes. Further work is under progress to promote the concept of volunteering within the community.

FCDO and MCDO have succeeded in recruiting 9 plus 5 additional volunteers respectively.

Community and Regeneration

 Following community led projects have been delivered:

Following 3 new women’s groups have been supported to deliver regeneration activities:

 Preston Muslim Forum is a non-religious organisation and cherishes the values of social cohesion. The organisation journey since it’s inception over a decade ago from a community action group to a full-fledged partner organisation is acknowledged and respected equally by the  community and the service providers alike. PMF has worked hard to bring different communities and groups together. This is evident from the assistance and expertise PMF has provided to numerous groups over years to establish, function and deliver community and regeneration activities, from the secular perspective. PMF is proud to lead the agenda and is fully aware of its social responsibility.

 Mosques – Prayers and Participation:

 We have already embarked on some bold initiatives such as:

This initiative will not only widen the IAG sphere but will also enable mosques to engage with community in other constructive activities and contribute to social cohesion.

Health

PMF assisted Primary Care Trust in organising Men's Health Screening and advice sessions through mosques. The participants were offered full body check up and general health advice.

PMF in partnership with University of Central Lancashire conducted survey among Gujarati Males on self-management of diabetes and cultural impact on the health beliefs. The findings of the survey will be incorporated in the final report to be produced by the University.

We also organised interactive Men's Health sessions for elderly people and covered topics such as herbal medicine, exercise, healthy and positive living, aromatherapy and food. Age Concern and NWDA supported the project.

PMF is active in addressing community health issues and have organised presentations and workshops related to smoking cessation, tuberculosis and blood pressure.

Working together

PMF’s recognises the importance of working closely with other voluntary and statutory agencies. PMF over the years has successfully built and maintained meaningful relationship wit these organisations and continues to welcome new links.

Working together supports our commitment to be more enabling and responsive to our client’s needs and also assist in our aim to achieve continuous improvement in the quality of project work.

 PMF works closely with:

Preston City Council

Lancashire County Council

Lancashire Constabulary

PLTP

Preston College

Age Concern

University of Central Lancashire

NOW network

Job Centre plus

AvenCentral

 In addition to already established links, PMF has also succeeded in developing further links with the agencies and initiatives such as CRT, Preston Domestic Violence Forum, ADS advisory group, Community Futures, TUC, Harris Museum, Connexions and so on

 PMF also represents the community it serves at:

Surestart( Fishwick & St. Mathews) Executive Board

Sure start East

H4 All-PCT Steering Group

BME Pact (Lancashire)

Inner Preston Regeneration Partnership

Faith Forum

Primary Care Trust

Women’s Task Group

Local Area Network

Preston Community Network

Preston Mela

Users Analysis

 As highlighted by our Chair in his forward, the constraints related to staffing and resources during most part of the year 2003-2004 has severely undermined PMF’s ability to deliver effective and professional services, as reflected in the comparative analysis below: 


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The quality and breakdown of the service users however remained unchanged as the following comparative data shows:

user base
 

Services provided


Service Providers & Users:

''After working permanent nights in a factory since last 10 years I had lost motivation and hope of securing another job. The male community development officer at PMF advised me of other available career options, assisted me in completing application forms, preparation of CV and mock interview. I now work as an administrative officer in the government department. Thanks to PMF this career change has been one of the most rewarding experience of my life'

Male Client

'After being on a long-term sick leave I was desperate to update my skills to enhance my job prospects. The female community development officer assessed my situation and enrolled me in ESOL class run by Preston College at PMF and also arranged with Preston College to have one to one session for skills related course. I am currently doing courses in ESOL and carpentry and feel more confident about my job prospects'

Female Client

PMF continues to work resolutely towards the improvement of lives within the community, and we value it immensely for the bridges it has built-and enabled our services to cross

Lancashire Constabulary

'The surgery at PMF is one of the most successful among all the community centres in Preston focussing on employment and training. It is a huge success. Jobcentre is looking forward at working with PMF more closely.

Ethnic Minority Partnership Manager - Jobcentre Plus

‘I got positive response from PMF in setting up a focus group and promoting our services to the men and women’

Development worker – Families & Children together (FACT)

 

Transforming our services:

We have a large and diverse client base and we ensure our services to reflect the diversity. We do this by:

 

Hamaara Centre:

We envisage our additional facility to be fully operational by May 2004. Hamaara centre will deliver following services among others:

We will also encourage other organisations to use the venue for organising other community and regeneration activities.

Way Forward:

User Information 2003-2004

Numbers of users

Drop in enquries

1859

Male

1325

Telephone enquries

550

Female

1084

Total

2409

Total

2409

 

Breakdown of users

Age Group (years)

 

-18

66

18-30

504

31-40

883

41-60

465

60+

491

Total

2409

Other categories

 

In learning

320

Working

730

Non-working

1359

Total

2409

Wards

 

Avenham

53

Central

198

Deepdale

1868

Fishwick

65

Fulwood

134

Riversway

15

St.Mathews

20

Blaclburn/Bolton

22

Manchester/Bradford

6

Lancaster/B’Pool

19

South Ribble

9

Total

2409

Ethnicity

 

Indian

1562

Pakistani

567

Whites

120

Others

160

Total

2409

Disabled

24

Surgeries at PMF

 

Council tax

141

Housing

52

Benefits

122

Police

48

MP

38

Job Centre Plus

30

 

In-House Learning

(enquiries & participation)

282

Queries

 

Home Office

360

Domestic

86

Miscll

428

 

Other Services

 

Fax

137

Photocopy

185

Translation

62

Referral to other agencies

184

 

17 Holmrook Road 

 Preston Muslim Forum, 17 Holmrook Road, Preston PR1 6SR – Telephone: 01772 889000

Hamaara center

Hamaara Centre, Rear of 158, Castleton Road, Preston PR1 6QG Telephone 01772 259147