Al-Mizan Charitable Trust (charity no. 1135752) supports people living in poverty across the UK, regardless of their faith or cultural background.
Although Britain is seen as a wealthy country, one in five people live below the official poverty line and struggle with the rising costs of living. The welfare state also does not provide access to skills and opportunities to help people better their circumstances or equip people with sufficient savings to deal with a life crisis or change in circumstances.
Through the General Welfare Fund, the Trust provides small grants, which help with the costs of education and training, employment and enterprise, household items, medical and mobility, and subsistence.
The Trust operates a flexible Grants Policy, which is designed to meet a person’s individual needs. Beneficiaries include children and young people, single parents, elderly people, victims of domestic violence or abuse, asylum seekers and refugees, prisoners and ex-offenders, disabled people, and the working poor.
The Trust also runs four fundraising appeals throughout the year. During Ramadan, Food Parcels are distributed to low-income families. Before the school year starts, Back to School Backpacks are given to children living in poverty, which contain school uniform vouchers and essential stationery supplies.
When the cold winter months begin, homeless people receive Winter Warmer Packs that contain warm clothing, toiletries, and first aid items. To celebrate Mother’s Day, Mother & Baby Kits are handed out to new mothers who cannot afford essential baby items.
The fundraising appeals are run in partnership with grassroots organisations, so that the packs reach the people who need them the most.
The Trust is a member of the Association of Charitable Organisations and adheres to all recognised models of good practice and quality standard, which is essential to ensure accountability when disbursing funds through the General Welfare Fund.
Central to the ethos of the Trust is that no direct, voluntary donation from an individual towards the General Welfare Fund is used to cover administrative costs or overheads.