Requests and Appeals

20th November 2018

Volunteer as a Sense Buddy

We are very keen to get all members of all backgrounds involved in our project, that's why I was keen to contact places of worship.
I very much look forward to your response.
Kind regards,

Form a new friendship, try new activities, and support a disabled young person to have fun and gain new skills – while they enable you to do the same.

Become a friend

Sense Buddying gives disabled children and young people with complex needs the opportunity to get involved with activities in the local community, make the most of their free time and make friends. Our current opportunities are based in Tower Hamlets, Hackney, and Newham in north and east London and Harrow in west London.

Build a unique connection

Volunteer as a Sense Buddy and you’ll be matched with one young person, so you can concentrate on building a friendship that is truly special. You could be swimming, bowling, sensory storytelling or visiting museums and parks. Whatever activities you choose together, you will make a big difference in their life.

The disabled young people who take part in Sense Buddying often have few opportunities to make friends and access activities outside of home and school. Their buddying sessions give them the chance to develop their independence, boost their confidence, discover new passions and – most importantly – have fun!

It's making a huge difference in Hasan's life. He is gaining in confidence and independence all the time. At school he is speaking up more and his anxiety is reducing. This weekly break is such a relief for me too. I'm so pleased to be a part of it.

Could you be a Sense Buddy?

You may be new to supporting disabled young people, or looking to use your existing skills (in health and social care, Special Educational Needs, or speech and language therapy) in a new context. Either way, if you're enthusiastic, person-centred and excited to get out and about and build a one-to-one supportive friendship, Sense Buddying is a volunteering opportunity for you.

Seeing their face light up when you enter their house to pick them up for a session beats any award or certificate I have earned. It is a one-of-a-kind feeling.
George, Sense Buddy, Tower Hamlets

North, east, and west London

We're currently recruiting volunteers for our weekend activities based in Tower Hamlets, Hackney, and Newham in north and east London and Harrow in west London. We work with young people with a range of needs, including sensory impairments, complex medical conditions, autism and learning disabilities. We ask volunteers to commit to three hours a week, usually during the weekend, for a minimum of six months.

Join the team and you’ll get involved in loads of exciting activities in your community – and support a young disabled person to do the same. As well as your individual sessions, you’ll take part in regular group events, so that you and your buddy can connect with other young people and volunteers. Past activities have included accessible football, ice-skating and a Halloween sensory rave!

Getting started

Before you volunteer, we'll make sure that you have all of the information and support you need to feel prepared and confident in your role, starting with an informal interview. We spend time getting to know you and then carefully match you to a child or young person.

We offer full training before you start. Initial sessions are supported by an experienced member of the team and we provide regular support and supervision throughout your time with us. We provide a budget for travel and activity expenses and also offer a range of additional training opportunities.

We're looking for new Sense Buddies right now, so please get in touch!

29th September 2018.

Everyday Muslim Heritage and Archive Initiative

The Everyday Muslim and Shah Jahan Mosque would like to invite you to attend: Preserving the History and Heritage of Mosques and Muslims in Britain. This unique conference takes place at the Shah Jahan Masjid in Woking, Britain's first purpose-built mosque and the first mosque to awarded Grade I listing.

The day-long activities will support mosques and madrassahs to bring personal history and heritage into their learning spaces and use these ideas to engage with the Muslim community and wider society. As well as, addressing the importance of preserving the history and heritage of mosques in Britain.

The programme will include presentations, workshops and practical advice on how mosques can begin to start documenting their mosques history and heritage and how it can be used to engage with the different sections of the local and wider community.

What should I expect if I attend:

" Meet staff and members from the Shah Jahan mosque already using history and heritage lessons with school visitors, madrassah classes and heritage open days including the MCB initiative 'Visit My Mosque.'

" Presentations from mosque teachers, academics, archivists and Everyday Muslim on the importance of learning about Muslim heritage in Britain and their positive impacts.

" Hear the stories of Muslims who lay down the roots of Muslim organisations in Britain, translators of the Quran and of Muslim soldiers fighting in the British army in WWI and WWII.

" Leave with practical ideas for classroom lessons, school visits and heritage days.

" Take away a practical guide on how to use Muslim heritage in your mosque's learning and engagement strategies. Also, useful advice on record-keeping and archive procedures to maintain and preserve mosque documents.

You can book your free place here:

If you have any questions you can email us at:

Salaams and Regards

Muhammad Habib - Shah Jahan Mosque

Sadiya Ahmed - Everyday Muslim Heritage and Archive Initiative

19th March 2018.

Questionnaire into Muslim identity, political interest and religiosity

Below is a request from the Islamic University of Applied Sciences Rotterdam, passed on to via the academic Muslims In Britain Research Network's (MBRN) contributor, Stephen Jones. "This questionnaire looks into Muslim identity, political interest and religiosity. It takes between 5 and 8 min. and is voluntary [naturally!]." The link is published here on in good faith and disclaiming any connection with the survey or any access to its results.

Stephen's request via MBRN was, "We have received a request to circulate the survey below on British Muslim identity. It is part of a comparison of Muslim identity in the UK and the Netherlands. Please feel free to forward this to your wider networks:

Link to the survey

Please direct any queries to Ertugrul Gokcekuyu at" will endeavour to assist with a reasonable number of requests such as this that are believed to be academic, independent and not better addressed through individual masjids' own resources (the latter would include e.g. fund raising appeals).