The need for new accommodation is essential for our local community, if we are to offer the type of facilities and services required for their growing needs.
Although the need for new accommodation has been evident for several years, the actual community consultation process started in 2009. A two year route, it has been thorough and exhaustive and consisted of the following formats:
Members of the committee meeting with the community for feedback
Regular meetings between the committee and community to talk/share plans and ideas
A Consultation Feedback form
A three month process – ending 04/02/11
It consisted of an A5 ‘Feedback’ form, where individuals could list their five ideas or thoughts (in order of importance) – regarding the need for a new facility and resulting services required.
In summary, feedback resulting from the various consultations showed that:
The vast majority of the community wanted a modern and larger facility for the Masjid and Madrasa
Secondly, a large part of the community wanted to see additional facilities and services being offered by the association:
Separate gathering/meeting areas for men and women
Thirdly, a small number identified areas such as Elderly Day Care, Crèche facilities, ...
External bodies/individuals that have been active in supporting, helping and advising the association through the ‘New build’ have been Imran Hussain – Toller Ward: Labour and local school Principals.