Sunday, 23 March 2014

Al-Nisa Network, Nottingham

Very impressive capacity building and community cohesion work being done in recent years by the Al-Nisa Network (formerly "Mums and Tots Wollaton") based at the Wollaton Mosque and Community Centre.


A few of the Al-Nisa activities in 2018:


The group undertook some work in 2014 looking at attendance of women at mosques, which had the following recommendations:

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

Update May 2014
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



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


Dec 2013
A Nottingham parent and toddler group recently raised over £1000 to support Save the Chilren's efforts in helping survivors of Typhoon Haiyan which has ravaged the Phillipines.

The coffee-morning event was organised by Saema Mohammad and the "Mums and Tots" group at the the Muslim Community and Cultural Centre, Wollaton, Nottingham on 6th December.

And the event was a hit with both the "Mum" and "Tot" demographics, with plenty of food (decribed by Saema as being "Nom nom yummilicous") as well as play and craft activities for the little ones.

Happy Mums! Happy Tots!

Once again, Imam Asif Ali absolutely nails the
"yoof" look with a long-sleeve / short-sleeve combo top.

Image Sources:
Images by kind permission of the Wollaton Mums and Tots group.


Oct 2013
Great to see that one of the organisations participating in the Macmillan ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ events on Friday 27 September was the "Muslim Cultural Centre Wollaton".

The MCCW event was organised by Saema Mohammad and the "Mums and Tots" group at the centre. A report by Saema on the NCVS blog describes how all the planning paid off when they opened up the centre to the whole local community and "...were overwhelmed by the amount of people who came walking through the doors to help us raise funds for Macmillan..."

Mmmm. Cakes....

Saema estimated that they sold cakes and drinks to some 200people at the event, and raised a whopping £517.43 for MacMillan on the day.

Da Kids Had Fun !

Saema comments that "There were many happy people and lots of smiles on the day. A memorable comment during the event was hearing a little girl say much fun she was having! As well as simply having cakes and tea and coffee on sale, we had organised activities for children such as crafts, face painting and henna artistry. And as for the cakes – well, everyone was spoilt for choice with a wide range of scrumptious offering donated by many many talented bakers!", adding that "I also really enjoyed introducing and showing people from other faith backgrounds the mosque set up – the artefacts in the mosque, and how the imam leads the prayer."

Imam Asif Ali looking bang on trend in a
long sleeve/short sleeve combo