Sunday, 23 March 2014

Mums and Tots Wollaton

BFTF has been hugely impressed by the Mums and Tots group based at Wollaton Mosque and Community Centre and run by HR consultant Saema Mohammad.

Back in autumn 2013, the groud held a coffee morming that raised over £500 for MacMillan Cancer Support

A few months later, they held another event that riased over £1000 to support Save the Chilren's efforts in helping survivors of Typhoon Haiyan that had hit the Phillipines.

Meanwhile, Saema noticed that there were relatively low numbers of women attending the Mosques, which prompted her to undertake some research into the issue. The resulting report, which has been researched with impressive diligence, can be found here.

The main conclusions are shown below :
1) The findings demonstrated that women think it is important for the masjid and women do find the masjid welcoming. Attending masjid made women feel part of their communities.

2) Women currently attend masjid for a range of activities, the top ones being praying salah in congregation and educational classes. In terms of what women want, the most wanted is Q&A session with the Imam followed by hobby related activities.

3) From the focus groups, it was established that the barriers preventing women from attending masjid are around the following areas: management of masjid, accessing the masjid, women and children, culture, fear of being judged, engagement, accessibility of Imams, experience of Imams and British society and culture.

4) Recommendations in the form of an action plan have been compiled for Karimia in an attempt to facilitate more participation of women in their centres. These recommendations can be used by masjids across Nottingham.

Some of the recomendations are shown below :

Masjids should communicate with each other to share best practice and benchmark

Devise and implement a complaints/feedback policy

Challenge behavior and attitudes that proves to be ‘anti-children’

Create an atmosphere where all are welcome regardless of background or faith

Use social media - Facebook, twitter to engage a range of audiences

Advertise time for when women can see Imam

Imams to keep abreast of contemporary issues in our society

Imams to participate in community walkabouts [BFTF likes this one A LOT]

BFTF suspects that the report, and the recommendations are of value to many faith and community groups, but particularly those whose congregations are of overseas heritage.

Happy Mums! Happy Tots! at the "Save The Children" coffee morning

Update May15
Combined operation this month between Mums and Tots Wollaton, the Al-Nisa network and Muslim Hands. All working together to raise funds to help the victims of the Nepal Earthquake, which killed over 9,000 people and left hundreds of thousands homeless.

Cakes........many cakes....

Cakes, Samosa, fruit, smiles. The complete package!

Tariq Nasir explains how
 Muslim Hands are helping in Nepal to Lilian Greenwood MP


Update Sep15
Yet another MacMillan Coffee Morning held by the Mums and Tots Group, as part of the Al-Nisa Network, recently. And these good people managed to raise £256.98!

Cakes......many cakes.........

A relaxing atmosphere

Good People

1 comment:

  1. Jazakhallah bro Ash.

    One of the outcomes of the research has been the formulation of An-Nisa Network to progress womens activities at the masjid. We publicise our activities on Facebook, 'An-Nisa Network'