The roots of Islamic Help can be traced to the dedication of young volunteers wanting to make a difference to their communities. From clean ups of local eyesores and residents’ gardens to soup kitchens for the homeless, from supporting young people to bringing cheer to life-limited children at a local hospice, Islamic Help has been dedicated to serving the community on its doorstep as well as its wider international work.
Volunteers have been and are the cornerstone of Islamic Help. It was the work of volunteers from TYGA (The Young Generation Association), the Sultan Bahu Trust and the local community which laid the foundation stone for the charity.
Their early work included cleaning up and making habitable the old piano factory which now houses Islamic Help’s headquarters while in the community they carried out clear-ups of gardens and communal land which had grown derelict through neglect.
Among our earliest UK projects was a soup kitchen in Birmingham city centre for the homeless. Working with local church groups, our volunteers would regularly donate their time and efforts to serve hot food to homeless individuals.
Improving the quality of life and providing hope and opportunities to young people remains a core aspect of our work. We have supported Attock Cricket Club, a community club which has flourished to become one of the city’s most successful sports clubs, and Hall Green United Football Club.
At the other end of the spectrum, our volunteers and staff have brought a little cheer and happiness to life-limited youngsters being cared for at Acorns Hospice in Birmingham by providing them with gifts and treats.
Our work and standing in the community received recognition at the Birmingham EidMela of 2014, held in Cannon Hill Park and visited by 20,000 people, when we were selected as the charity of choice and given time for a stage presentation as well as being the only charity allowed to hold collections at the event.