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Blackburn

Alsalamu alaykum

Welcome to the Blackburn MEND working group!

We’re a diverse group of people living/working in the Blackburn area who want to contribute to our local community and encourage civic participation. Our group has been around for over 18 months and we’ve held several events, including mosque presentations, a Politics and Media Masterclass, a public Islamophobia seminar at Blackburn library, presentations to school and scout groups, and a hugely popular ladies’ afternoon tea.

Now more than ever, with recent high-profile media coverage on Blackburn’s communities, and rising levels of Islamophobia in Lancashire, the work we do is crucial. We’re keen to build links and work with other local organisations, whether statutory, voluntary, or otherwise, in order to achieve common aims: sharing information, facilitating engagement, and inspiring grassroots community-led action.

Blackburn MEND brings together people with different skills, ideas and resources, and everyone contributes in their own areas of strength, in whichever ways they can. Our members range from students to professionals to homemakers, reflecting the diversity of our own communities. We meet monthly at a local venue (never without our trusted kettle for mandatory tea and biscuits!) and everyone is welcome.

We’re always looking to hear from new potential volunteers. If you’d like to join us, or simply want to find out more about the work we do and how you could contribute, do get in touch through the contact details below. You can have an informal chat over the phone, or pop down to our next meeting where you will find us working hard, alongside lively discussion on topics du jour, from local politics to feminism, to the relative merits of different types of cake…

What our volunteers say:

“Volunteering with the Blackburn MEND group has been a rewarding and eye-opening experience. From understanding the role played by politics and the media in contemporary society to speaking with victims of Islamophobic hate crime in my locality, it has allowed me to appreciate and understand the importance of working together to eradicate Islamophobia and empowering Muslims to actively participate in both civil and civic society.” Fatima, volunteer

“I’ve been very fortunate to be part of the Blackburn working group, and I now realise how valuable the knowledge and education MEND offers is. My own daughter was a victim of an Islamophobic attack in Blackburn – this made me realise that even though we all think we will never be a victim of any type of hate crime, the reality is that we just don’t know.” Zed, volunteer.

Contact the Working Group

Group Coordinator
Zed Ismail

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