A staggering 7.3% of the UK population are subject to persistent poverty. Unable to heat their homes, keep up with mortgage and rental payments or maintain a healthy varied diet, they are struggling to support themselves and their families. We are working with a range of national and local partners to reach the most vulnerable in the UK and build resilience against poverty to ensure that no one must go hungry, cold or neglected.
UK Qurbani Distribution
In 2016, we launched our UK Qurbani programme to provide Qurbani meat to individuals across the country who are struggling financially. Since then, hundreds of Qurbani packages have been donated to Islamic Relief, enabling us to reach thousands of people in need.
Through partnerships with a range of organisations including National Zakat Foundation (NZF) and FareShare, we distribute Qurbani meat to individual households and to a range of service providers including care homes, soup kitchens and homeless shelters.
Muslim Burial Fund and End of Life Befriending
Working with Eden Care, we are supporting poor and isolated Zakat eligible individuals to receive Islamic burials. We are also providing a dedicated befriending service and advocating for appropriate emotional support for people at the end of their lives.
During the colder months, vulnerable people face an even greater struggle to survive. We provide a range of support to ensure that those most in need can access crucial support.
Fuel poverty grants
We are working with Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid to provide essential winter fuel grants to women who are fleeing domestic violence across the winter months. These grants will support over 330 women to heat their houses, provide warm clothing and supplies for themselves and their children and provide the kind of intervention that could stop women being forced back in to a very dangerous situation.
Winter Clothing Drive
In partnership with TIC, we are collecting winter essentials such as gloves, jackets and hats to distribute to vulnerable individuals across Birmingham and London. This will help ensure that those on low incomes as well as the homeless and destitute can keep warm during winter as temperatures fall.