Preston Muslim Forum

 ANNUAL REPORT

2005 / 2006

A striving, healthy and prosperous community actively contributing to the benefit of society as a whole.

 
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Contents                                                                           Page

About Us                                                              3 & 4

Chair’s Forward                                                    5

Chief Officer’s Report                                            6

Core Services                                                        7

Aims and Achievement                                         8     

PMF Performance 05-06                                       9

Staff Activities                                               10,11 & 12

Way Forward                                                        13

Thanks                                                                 14

Appendix A                                                           15

User Information                                                16-19

 

 

About Us:

Registered Office:           185 Deepdale Road, Preston PR1 6LJ

Telephone:                     01772 889000

E-mail:                           pmforum@hotmail.com

Website:                         www.pmforum.org.uk

 

Charity Number:            1064609

Company Number:         3054937

 

Management Board Members- 2005/2006

Iqbal Patel            Chair

Fatima Master      Vice Chair / Secretary

Sabbir Musa         Treasurer

Faruk Patel

Arif Barber

Latifa Patel

Yasmin Shakur

 

Co-opted Members:

Siraz Natha

Taalib Shamsuddin

Shamim Mahmud

Accountants:

SKM Chartered Accountant

 

PMF Team: 2005-2006

Anis Faruki                    Chief Officer

Shazana Hussain           Community Development Officer

Mudassar Iqbal              Learning Development Officer

Shirin Ghanchi              Admin Officer (resigned October 2005)

Nafisa Ahmed                 Admin. Assistant

Ismail Sidat                    Volunteer Officer

 

Recipient of following awards:


Best Practice in IAG – 2004 and Best Partnership of the year - 2004

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We are holder of Matrix Quality Standard, which is nationally recognised accreditation for Guidance Council Standards for learning and work.

 We are also working towards PQASSO - a Quality Assurance System for small organisation and a Governance Quality System in partnership with Preston City Council and CEMVO respectively.

  

 Vision

‘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’.

Aims

Preston Muslim Forum aims to:

 

Chair’s Forward

It gives me great pleasure to present the annual report of PMF for the period 2005-2006.

On behalf of management committee, I would like to thank all the staff, volunteers, users, stakeholders and the agencies for their positive contribution in making PMF what it is today. A pro-active and friendly organisation meeting diverse needs of the community. 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 needs of the community.

The past year has once again been a very busy and successful period for PMF. The new location has seen a steady increase of service users. It is heartening and encouraging to the board members to hear the appreciation from the service users and agencies for the work we undertake. I have no hesitation in attributing the credit to all staff members for their efforts and commitment.

I acknowledge the financial support for our work provided this year by Preston City Council, Sure Start Preston East, Awards for All, BTCV, UK on-line, Connexions and other funders.

Iqbal Patel

Chairman

 

Chief Officer’s Report

This year has seen PMF continue to flourish and provide support to increasing and diverse needs of the community. The move to new premises in September 2005 although hectic and at times chaotic has helped in attracting record number of service users. We served in excess of 5000 people last year, making it one of the busiest drop-in community centres in Preston.

We also saw sharp increase in people accessing our services for various forms filling and requiring our assistance to liase with statutory agencies, utilities and insurance companies, banks, solicitors and so on for the issues that affect them.

In the current climate, it has never been more important to work in partnership with others. We have formed meaningful relationship with Sure Start Preston East and Job Centre plus through Preston Employment Partnership. These projects are aimed to deliver services from PMF. This would not only help statutory agencies to enhance their capacity and reach community members who normally do not access these services but would also provide opportunities for both parties to share valuable expertise and experience of each other.

One of the major challenge which whole of the voluntary sector is facing and PMF is no exception, is volatility of funding opportunities. The increasing rigorous criteria from the funders under the pretext of ‘better value’ and ‘changing priorities’ puts additional pressure on the limited resources of an organisation.

The shrinking resources of UK on-line and Preston College’s detachment from delivering learning initiatives based at community centres under the pretext ‘changing priorities’, has also severely affected our capacity to deliver popular community based IT courses and sustainability of Hamaara Centre. Lack of any core funding and commitment to community based youth services agenda from Lancashire County Council also meant our inability to deliver professional and effective youth and other core activities.

The high light of the year was confirmation of Young People’s Fund from Big Lottery. The three year project from 2006-2009 will hopefully make significant difference to the lives of young people.

We welcome new board members and hope that their dedication and commitment would bring valuable benefits to the organisation. My personal thanks to Siraz Natha for his continuing support and advice.

Anis Faruki

 

Core Services – Last 12 Months

Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG):

IAG on employment, education and training continued to be the core services and also one of the most popular. This involved help with:

We closely liase with Job centre plus, Connexions, Learning Skills Council, next steps, Accrington College, Asian Business Federation, Lancashire County Council etc in order to provide these vital services to the community.

Advice and Guidance Pays:

A challenging project from next steps, where we target people who are not in receipt of core benefits, have educational background below NVQ level 2 and are unemployed by providing extra help to get them back on track with job hunting or re-training. This involves one to one intensive guidance, help choosing a career, individual assessment and an action plan. Connexions were the only other organisation from Central Lancashire to be awarded this project. We have successfully met all the targets allocated.

PMF through this project is proud to be contributing to the government agenda of raising learning and employment standards.

PMF has also been successful in renewing Matrix Quality Standard, which is nationally recognised accreditation for Learning and Work.

 

Aims and Achievement

We are more than half way into meeting our strategic aims as agreed in the Business Plan 2005-2008. We are also proud to achieve what we aimed for in our 2004-2005 Annual Report.  Following is what we aimed for in last year’s annual report, and how we achieved it.

 

Aims

How achieved

 

Enhancing staff training

The staff members are constantly updating their skills through courses and training events. See section staff activities

 

 

Constantly reviewing policy developments and internal procedures

This piece of work continues with review of policies related to health & safety, fire safety, sessional workers, accident reporting, user information, staff performance monitoring etc

 

Expansion of capacity building

 

ERDF funding has now been extended until March 2007. 10 community groups benefiting from various capacity building initiatives.

 

Development of volunteer capacity

 

Youth volunteers trained and offering services in the areas of youth activities. Funding for Youth work level 3 course secured.

 

Diversification of services

 

New projects undertaken related to  environment, mental health, families and children, employment

 

Management Review

Review of management board/members and their roles is continuing. Article of Association is in process of being amended. New board members have been recruited through selection process. 3 board members have resigned due to personal reasons.

 

Widening Partnership

Meaningful partnership has been established with Sure Start and Job Centre plus

 

Social Cohesion

Increased participation in multi-agency inter-faith activities.

 

Relocation

Moved to new premises that is more visible and accessible to the agencies and service users.


PMF Performance April 2005 – March 2006

 

Services

Beneficiaries

Number of people trained and obtaining qualifications

46

 

Number of people benefiting from projects promoting personal and social development

88

Number of people given access to new health and sports facilities/opportunities

224

Number of people communities provided with capacity building support

10

Number of residents accessing employment through targeted advice and training

58

Number of disadvantaged groups obtaining jobs

 

16

Number of people signposted/provided one-off advice and referral

2688

Number of people assisted with forms filling

1822

 

Number of people assisted to access statutory and voluntary agencies

410

Number of agencies supported to deliver initiatives in partnership

14

 

 

Mentoring

 The project DOSTI (Friendship) has been set up in partnership with Lancashire Access Mentoring Point. The project is proving to be a popular initiative and fills the gap of these much-needed services. PMF staff members have been trained by Lancashire Mentor Point. The project intends to serve people of all ages and background for confidential and one to one Information, Advice and Guidance services including referrals to relevant agencies. Appendix A reflects PMF’s performance against other organisations

 

Youth Club

The youth club at the Hamaara Centre has been running on ad-hoc basis. This was due to extensive damage it suffered due to vandalism. We have now secured 3 years young people’s fund from Big Lottery and hope to relaunch the centre from April 2006 with a dedicated project administrator.

 

ERDF Project – Making the Change

The capacity building project due to its success and continuing benefit it is delivering to 10 groups has been extended until March 2007. This would provide timely and appropriate services which unfortunately could have come to an abrupt end.

 

Staff Activities – 2005/2006

Following are some of the activities/events staff members participated and attended:

Representation/Consultation/Meeting/Liaison: Following are some of the training and courses staff members participated and attended: 

In-House Surgeries during 2005/2006

     Immigration

Citizen Advice Bureau

Housing

Council Tax

Lancashire Constabulary

Counselling

Job Centre Plus



Way Forward – 2006/2007

The continuation and enhancement of Making the Change project.

Identification, consultation and event based project to tackle mental health issues affecting BME community

  Older people

A project to support and increase participation of older people

  Management Review

Continuation of review of management board/members and their roles.

Development of innovative and uninterrupted youth activities

Explore long term funding streams for stability and sustainability for next 5 years.

Develop meaningful relationship with Sure Start Preston east and Job Centre plus.

To achieve quality assurance standards from PQASSO and CEMVO

 

Thanks for your support

Preston City Council

Preston CVS

Primary Care Trust

Open College Network

Age Concern

European Regional Fund

Lancashire Youth Services

Lancashire Constabulary

LAMP

Asian Business Federation

Sure Start Preston East

Sure Start Fishwick/St.Mathews

Catherine Beckett

BME Pact

CEMVO

Job Centre Plus

BCTV

Next steps

Community Chest

Preston Muslim Girls High School

All the mosques of Preston

Community Groups

Mark Hendrick – MP

City and County Councillors

Mayor’s Office

Volunteers

The list is not exhaustive.

 

Appendix A

Mentee Claims against Allocation


Organisation

Target Allocated

Targets Met

Action Mentoring

 

5

0

Amity Befriending

 

5

0

Blackburn Diocese

 

3

0

Burnley Borough Council

 

6

6

HomeStart, Burnley

 

17

0

HomeStart, Chorley

 

17

17

HomeStart, Morecambe

 

12

0

HomeStart, Preston

 

4

0

Lancashire Constabulary

 

8

0

Preston Muslim Forum

 

10

10

Signpost

 

4

0

Supporting Fylde Families

 

0

0

Women Centre, Blackburn

 

4

0

Youth Action

 

8

0

Youthworks

 

8

0

 Figures supplied by Lancashire Access Mentoring Point

Service User Information – 2005-2006

User Information Collation Sheet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Month

April

May

June

July

Aug

Sept

Oct

Nov

Dec

Jan

Feb

Mar

Total

Total

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No. of people in on a monthly basis

535

260

214

142

93

148

181

243

188

214

226

244

2688

5376

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Area of residence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deepdale/S.George's

492

108

118

88

57

58

97

150

122

141

131

146

1708

 

Fishwick/St.Mathews

2

7

5

5

1

1

1

1

3

3

2

0

31

 

Frenchwood/Avenham/Central

28

35

29

34

24

4

22

35

29

21

41

41

343

 

Riversway/Broadgate

1

1

3

0

0

0

6

1

2

0

0

0

14

 

Fulwood

10

8

14

8

4

6

0

0

16

19

24

31

140

 

Other Preston

0

1

1

7

4

0

6

8

10

19

16

19

91

 

Out of Preston

2

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

3

9

5

24

 

Not stated

0

97

44

0

3

79

49

48

4

8

3

2

337

 

Total

535

260

214

142

93

148

181

243

188

214

226

244

2688

5376

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gender

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Male

191

84

90

69

50

38

69

94

88

83

101

99

1056

 

Female

344

176

124

73

43

110

112

149

100

131

125

145

1632

 

Total

535

260

214

142

93

148

181

243

188

214

226

244

2688

5376

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Age Group

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

`8-16

115

2

9

0

2

6

2

2

3

1

0

1

143

 

19-24

51

41

24

33

18

29

32

43

27

35

22

59

414

 

25-34

223

109

80

48

32

58

80

82

69

88

117

106

1092

 

35-55

106

73

69

35

33

41

47

81

72

76

73

74

780

 

55+

40

35

32

26

8

14

20

35

17

14

14

4

259

 

Total

535

260

214

142

93

148

181

243

188

214

226

244

2688

5376

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ethnic Origin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asian or British Asian-Bangladeshi

0

1

5

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

7

14

 

Asian or British Asian-Pakistani

85

49

38

20

10

29

26

42

13

24

39

49

424

 

Asian or Asian British-Indian

374

181

133

78

60

117

139

167

132

125

135

129

1770

 

Asian or Asian British-Other

0

2

1

2

1

 

1

1

0

3

0

0

11

 

Black or Black British-Carribbean

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

1

 

Black or Black British-Other

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

Black or Black British-African

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

Mixed-White/Asian

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

 

Mixed-White/Black Carribbean

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

Mixed-White/Black African

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

Mixed-Other

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

White-British

16

14

13

25

17

0

14

19

24

27

27

27

223

 

White-Other

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

 

White-Irish

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

Chinese

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

Other

7

4

3

2

3

2

1

3

10

24

20

32

111

 

Prefer not to say

53

8

20

14

2

0

0

11

8

11

5

0

132

 

Total

535

260

214

142

93

148

181

243

188

214

226

244

2688

5376

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Religious Background

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christian

19

19

15

25

0

0

14

19

25

25

28

26

215

 

Muslim

457

240

196

115

17

144

163

220

153

172

181

184

2242

 

Hindu

 

1

3

0

72

1

3

1

7

14

13

32

147

 

Sikh

 

0

0

2

2

3

1

3

3

3

4

2

23

 

Prefer not to say

59

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

61

 

Total

535

260

214

142

93

148

181

243

188

214

226

244

2688

5376

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disabled

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes

5

7

8

2

3

0

0

1

1

0

3

0

30

 

No

530

253

206

140

90

148

181

242

187

214

223

244

2658

 

Total

535

260

214

142

93

148

181

243

188

214

226

244

2688

5376

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Type of Enquiry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Telephone

68

35

32

59

38

0

30

43

45

57

54

63

524

 

Drop-In

467

225

182

83

55

148

151

200

143

157

172

181

2164

 

Total

535

260

214

142

93

148

181

243

188

214

226

244

2688

5376

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nature of Enquiry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photocopying/Fax

17

10

7

8

4

1

15

17

14

14

11

24

142

 

Translation

1

4

2

1

0

0

0

6

2

3

1

6

26

 

CV Assistance

0

3

4

1

1

0

5

0

1

0

0

7

22

 

Referral meeting

0

2

0

0

4

0

1

0

2

18

13

7

47

 

Referral (see below)

272

24

34

38

18

5

6

40

28

36

25

25

551

 

Other

84

125

130

85

65

70

101

127

135

132

173

159

1386

 

Total

374

168

177

133

92

76

128

190

182

203

223

228

2174

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Surgeries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Council Surgery

38

11

18

20

9

2

0

16

6

8

11

15

154

 

Legal

0

1

0

2

4

0

1

3

0

4

6

2

23

 

Police Surgery

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

5

 

Immigration Centres

12

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

5

1

0

2

25

 

Housing Surgery

15

5

11

13

5

1

1

9

5

17

5

2

89

 

CAB

3

10

7

12

8

2

5

10

6

9

6

4

82

 

MP

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

1

1

0

0

5

 

Preston City Council

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

3

 

Benfits Office

14

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

16

 

Pension Surgery

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

 

Social & Welfare

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

1

 

Barry House

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

5

 

Total

91

30

40

48

26

5

7

40

28

41

29

25

410

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Course

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Course attendees

212

99

43

0

0

78

44

40

0

0

0

0

516

 

Course Enquiry

31

2

3

4

3

2

3

13

14

13

20

18

126

 

Total

243

101

46

4

3

80

47

53

14

13

20

18

642

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Events

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0

 

Projects attendees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0

 

Youth Club

105

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

105

 

Total

105

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

105

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Status

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Employment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Working

41

75

61

65

39

18

63

75

105

116

136

139

933

 

Not working

139

83

84

50

31

33

69

90

69

75

69

95

887

 

Learning/Studying

312

1

3

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

2

2

322

 

Not stated

43

101

66

27

22

97

49

78

13

23

19

8

546

 

Total

535

260

214

142

93

148

181

243

188

214

226

244

2688

5376

 

 


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Services for All

Preston Muslim Forum

185 Deepdale Road

Preston PR1 6LJ

And also at:

Hamaara Centre, Rear of 158 Castleton Road, Preston

 Tel: 01772 889000

E-mail:        pmforum@hotmail.com

Website:              www.pmforum.org.uk