JAN Trust was formed in 1989 as a result of an overwhelming demand from the community. Marginalised and socially excluded women were approaching JAN Trust’s founder Rafaat Mughal OBE at her home seeking help and assistance. These women, living in Haringey, were facing extreme deprivation and a dire need for access to basic skills and opportunities, including English language, education, jobs and an understanding of British services and systems. This was having an increasingly negative impact on their children who had little access to formal education. Rafaat identified a need to formalise a support service for these local communities, and in 1989 JAN Trust was born.
Rafaat’s vision almost 30 years ago is one still widely shared by the charity today; to encourage, educate and empower women, building their self-confidence and allowing them to become independent and active citizens and take control of their own lives. It would enable marginalised individuals to reintegrate with society, and improve life options for themselves, their families and the wider community. All of this was achieved through the provision of education and expert advice on the multiple barriers and issues these women were facing.
Over the years JAN Trust has evolved to meet the growing demands of the community, and a beacon of hope for marginalised and isolated BAMER women and young people. Our work has expanded nationally, delivering projects such as Against FGM, Against Forced Marriages and Web Guardians™ as well as continuing to deliver our core work from our centre in Haringey. JAN Trust remains faithful to its grassroots, addressing local and national needs on an interpersonal level, bringing women and communities together and celebrating our success with those whom we exist to help.