About The Muslim Women's Collective

The formation of the Muslim Women’s Collective (MWC) in 2007 was a major step forward for Muslim Women’s organisations in Tower Hamlets. It created a unique grouping of 10 voluntary and community, organisations that engage at grass roots level with all members of the community in Tower Hamlets and in particular with the Muslim population.

The Muslim Women's Collective is an umbrella, non-profit organisation which has ten member organisations, all of which are charities or non-profit community organisations. As an umbrella organisation, the Collective offers funders, employers and member community organisations the opportunity to reach the whole of the community of Tower Hamlets, with one single accountable point of contact. The Muslim Women's Collective has been operating since 2007, and in April 2010 the Collective became incorporated as a company limited by guarantee.  In July it set up a social enterprise to run various projects, and this is Pioneering Women Limited.

Our member organisations cover the whole of Tower Hamlets, and work to support all members of the community. Several of our members hold the matrix chartermark and are therefore able to offer accredited Information, Advice and Guidance to the residents of Tower Hamlets.

During 2009 - 2010 the Collective has been delivering the Working Neighbourhoods Fund programme, leading to securing paid employment for women residents of Tower Hamlets.  Most of this work was to recruit female sports coaches, and we to date we have trained nine Football Association accredited Level 1 football coaches, 5 of which are now working; 8 badminton Level 1 coaches of which 3 have been offered jobs and also 3 cycling proficiency coaches. Our work in recruiting women lifeguards led to the Tower Hamlets leisure centres, run by Greenwich Leisure Limited, to reinstate their women only swim sessions and which saw a large rise in the numbers of women and families using the local swimming pools. We also carry out the independent waste surveys that cover the whole of the borough and which have resulted in us expanding our work on environmental information, waste management, sustainability and recycling advice.

The core values to which the MWC is committed are:

*  Supporting and empowering the Muslim and non-Muslim community in Tower Hamlets and in particular Muslim women working and living in Tower Hamlets

*  Inspiring integrity and respect for the Muslim community

*  Building long-lasting and mutually beneficial relationships between different sectors of the local communities, businesses and third sector organisations and

*  Educating the Muslim community about their overall social, health and environmental responsibilities.

The Mission Statement:

The Muslim Women’s Collective seeks to empower Muslim and non-Muslim women and their families in Tower Hamlets by ensuring that they play an active role in improving the environmental, social, health and physical well being of their surrounding communities

Find out more about our intended outcomes, activities and future plans

Case Studies

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