Minhaj-ul-Quran London formally launched its projects to support the Refugees and Homeless in the Borough at the finale of the Far from the Western Front exhibition.
The event was attended by several dignitaries including Colonel Michael Dudding former representative Deputy Lieutenant for Newham to her Majesty the Queen, The Right Honourable Stephen Timms MP for East Ham, Neelam Shaida South Asian Television personality and philanthropist, Councillor Mas Patel, Arnold Ridout Trustee the Renewal Programme, Keith Fernett Chief Executive Caritas Anchor House, Miriam Scharf Care4Calais and human rights campaigner, Dr Zahid Iqbal from Minhaj ul Quran, Advocate Sajid Hussain Pakistan Awami Tehreek, Sister Tanzila Peace and Education (PEP) and Shahid Mahmood Community Development Executive for Minhaj ul Quran and Founder of Come Incorporated, Ian Martin Community Neighbourhood Manager Forest Gate Strategic Commissioning and Community Directorate London Borough of Newham, Safi Osmani prominent local artist, Andrew Fearn Community Engagement Coordinator Community Neighbourhoods London Borough of Newham, Robin Marsh Secretary General Universal Peace Federation, Simon Shaw Care4Calais and human rights campaigner, Councillor Salim Patel, Councillor Firoza Ahmed, Jon King Newham Recorder, community leaders and philanthropists Dr Roma Tahir and Tanveer Chaudhury, plus many others.
Keith Fernett explained the work of Caritas Anchor House which is to provide residential and life-skills support for single homeless adults and act as a community empowerment hub in the local area. He explained the charity’s driving mission which to ensure that those who walk through their doors grow in confidence and move towards leading independent, self-fulfilling lives by providing education, guidance, and personal rehabilitation. He went on to explain the organisations work including its Aspirations Programme, One-to-one support, wellbeing support, and complex needs mutual aid volunteering he also talked about the Global Noticeboard and Service User Involvement
Keith welcomed the partnership with Minhaj ul Quran and other partners and thanked them for their support.
Arnold Ridout explained the work of Our Renewal Programmes and how it was is a charity that has been serving the people of Newham for over 45 years. The charity supports people in the community to change their lives. This might be because they want to learn English, maths or IT, or it might be because they are a migrant or refugee, are struggling to know where to start to resolve their situation and facing destitution It might be that they are have become homeless due to drug or alcohol misuse or other challenges and need support to get their life back on track They might be struggling to care for a family member with a learning disability or long-term health issue They may be a young person who needs positive activities to get involved in the evenings, and weekends The Renewal Programme supports all these people living in Newham to change their lives.
Arnold welcomed the partnership with Minhaj ul Quran and other partners and thanked them for their support.
Minhaj ul Quran, together with Come Incorporated will be a food and provision bank to support the work of Caritas Anchor House and the Renewal Project. Food and provisions will be collected and will be distributed to the Renewal Programme and Caritas Anchor House. As well as that Minhaj ul Quran will also provide a soup kitchen named Spicy Curry Kitchen to serve food to travellers, the homeless and refugees on Saturday evenings at 9pm
Minhaj ul Quran in conjunction with Come Incorporated will be engaging with its members, congregation, the public, small businesses, companies, charities, faith groups, community centres and others to support the initiatives. They need food, provisions as well as financial donations and support.