The summer period is always a time for evaluation at JAN Trust. It is indeed at this time of the year that we look back to our successful programmes and, at the same time, we plan new activities for the incoming season, always driven by our strong passion to empower disadvantaged and marginalised women in London.
The last two years, for example, were particularly meaningful for us. Our women’s centre in Haringey was always busy with users attending our classes and training courses. Over 10,000 women benefited from our programmes which allowed them to gain qualifications, independence and encouraged them to become active citizens of society, in the last two years alone. In the words of Parveen, a young woman who attended our Fashion & Design class:
“A big thank you to JAN Trust who has helped me gain new skills and confidence. They supported me in opening my own fashion business which is proving to be successful. JAN Trust has inspired me to continue with my business and support my family out of poverty.”
In addition, we’ve been busy delivering over 200 expert sessions, across the UK, aimed at educating people on issues such as radicalisation and extremism, violence against women and hate crime as we strongly believe that education is the best way to tackle these issues. We are proud that through our workshops we have reached 8,000 young people, practitioners and over 9,000 members of community groups receiving excellent feedback, such as:
“Before I thought that extremism was just a Muslim issue, but now I know that extremism happens everywhere and anyone from any religion or ethnicity can be an extremist.”
“It was good for my students to build their awareness, and was pitched at their level. Many thanks for doing the seminar – valuable awareness for our young people.”
We are proud that our work has been widely recognised by public and private bodies, including politicians, organisations, City & Guilds and culminated with the assignment of significant awards. In fact, both our founder Rafaat Mughal OBE and our Director Sajda Mughal OBE were awarded a Queen’s Honour, in the New Year’s Honours List, for their services to disadvantaged women, community cohesion and interfaith dialogue. JAN Trust was also awarded with the prestigious ‘Third Sector Excellence Awards 2013’ for the category ‘Small Charity Big Achiever’. Moreover, we have recently been shortlisted for the National Diversity Awards 2015, in the category Community Organisation Gender.
Furthermore, our work has also been covered by a range of national and international press such as the BBC, The Guardian, Evening Standard, CNN, Financial Times, The Independent, Daily Mail and Al Jazeera. Even the Prime Minister David Cameron, speaking about our unique Web Guardians™ programme, the only programme in the UK working with Muslim mothers to tackle issues on online youth radicalisation, said:
“I personally see this as an excellent example of the importance of community-led schemes in tackling extremism online; thank you for your work.”
Despite our success stories we carry out our work with a very limited budget and resources as we strongly depend on donations. Unfortunately, some of our vital programmes such as our Free Forced Marriage helpline and Against FGM campaign no longer have any funding to continue serving those vulnerable in the community. We also face potential closure of our services as funding for our projects ends 31st March 2016. We rely on our supporters to allow us to continue supporting and providing services to disadvantaged women and youth.
Any donations, either small or big, can make the difference to the lives of thousands of people. You can make the difference! Please support us with a donation. To find out more information about how you can support us please visit: http://jantrust.org/about-us/support-us