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Preston Muslim Forum - About Our Work

Preston Muslim ForumPreston Muslim Forum is a registered charity and established as a company limited by guarantee. Our activities and the facilities we offer can broadly be categorised as follows:

Core Services
Courses
Projects
Events
Work with Volunteers

Core Services
Preston Muslim Forum has been awarded the Matrix Quality Standard - a nationally recognised accreditation for Guidance Council Standards for learning and work. We are a recipient of a "Best IAG Partnership 2004" Award and "Best IAG Practice 2004" Award. Our core services include:

  • Information, advice and guidance on education, employment and training, and career management.
  • Job search, skills matching, CV preparation, interview technique coaching, work tasters and one-to-one support.
  • Enhanced guidance services, targeted towards hard to reach people and helping them achieve their goals with respect to education, training and employment.

Matrix logoCourses
We offer a broad range of courses, which are revised and updated on an ongoing basis. The following are examples of the courses we run, but if you have a particular enquiry, please feel free to contact us.

  • ESOL.
  • Personal development.
  • Henna painting.
  • Computers (various).
  • Youth work.
  • Many more lifelong learning and trade courses.

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Projects
As an organisation, we have over 12 years of experience in the delivery of a variety of projects, covering such diverse subjects as research, capacity building and the development of good practice. Some recent examples have included:

  • Investigating low participation rates of young Asian women in education and training.
  • Awaaz ('Voice') - a women's art project.
  • 'Barriers to Employment' - identifying barriers faced by Asian men/women when securing employment.
  • Men's health screening sessions.
  • Health initiatives related to smoking, diabetes, blood pressure, healthy living for older people.
  • Multi-sports; mums and daughters.
  • Women's healthy cooking sessions.
  • Development of lifelong learning courses.
  • Apna Virsa ('Our Heritage') - Islamic heritage.
  • Setting up of 'Maa Bachcha' group (mother and toddler).
  • Support for Castleton Community Concern for senior citizens.
  • Dosti ('Friendship') - Mentoring Project.
  • Research project to identify and address issues surrounding over 50s disabled people from BME communities.

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Events
Project part funded by the European UnionWe run a busy schedule of events, details of which are available on request. Please contact us for further information. Our programme will typically include:

  • Youth activities at the Hamaara Centre.
  • ESOL to Employment events.
  • Delivering a culturally sensitive health pack.
  • Activities for older people.
  • Training and recruiting volunteers.
  • Delivering teacher training to community volunteers.
  • Fostering and adoption project.
  • Prayer and participation - working with mosques.
  • Deepdale Arts and Crafts project.
  • Making the Change - capacity building project events.

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Hamaara CentreWork with Volunteers
Volunteers are always wanted, and there are opportunities to help the community in many different areas. If you have the motivation and the time, we will be glad to help you develop your skills. Below are just some of the areas in which you could help.

  • Youth development.
  • Women's development.
  • Health, housing and the community.
  • Employment and training.

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