Al-Mizan Charitable Trust is a Muslim grant-funder which supports disadvantaged people and deprived communities across the UK, regardless of their faith or cultural background.

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Joanne

Joanne is a single mother with three children. Her youngest daughter has just turned one and Joanne has returned to work for one day a week. Unfortunately, Joanne’s daughter does not qualify for free childcare until she turns two, so she has to pay £22 per week for nursery.

Joanne is keen to remain in work to maintain her employability and mental wellbeing, and hopes to increase her hours in the future, so that she can provide for her three children in the future. However, the additional cost put her under financial strain.

The Trust provided a grant of £132 ...

Kelly

Kelly was three months pregnant when her ex-partner became very violent towards her and she ended up in hospital. He was arrested and sentenced to two years in prison. Upon release, he found out where she lived and smashed up her house. He was arrested again and sent back to prison.

When she applied to us, Kelly had been trying to build a life for her and three-year-old son. She has started a social work qualification at college and hopes to go to university. Unfortunately, she was struggling with her college work, as she did not have a laptop and had to handwrite all of ...

Alan

Alan worked as a senior lecturer in the arts at a leading university, but was experiencing a number of mental health issues. He was diagnosed with schizophrenic affective disorder, bipolar disorder, ADHD and dyslexia and was under the care of the community mental health teams. However, his doctors had prescribed a number of different medications, which were very disruptive to Alan and led to emotional and physical distress. Unfortunately, Alan was dismissed from his role and due to the abrupt nature of the situation, he had no time to plan his ...

Zoe

Zoe’s brother died when his son was three days old. His partner was unable to look after the baby, as she suffered from drug and alcohol problems. As a result, the social workers asked Zoe to care for the baby permanently. Zoe previously worked as a nurse, but had to reduce her hours to look after her nephew.

Her nephew is now 13 years old and Zoe has found work as a part-time physiotherapy assistant, but as she does not receive any Child Benefit or other financial support, she struggles to make ends meet. Her nephe ...

Michael

Michael came to the UK in 2004 with his wife as a refugee. He has suffered from depression since then, but was only formally diagnosed in 2010, because he had no proper access to healthcare. He enrolled in a part-time law course at the local university, which he was able to self-finance for the first year. However, his depression has got worse and he has been unable to work since then. Another charity had agreed to fund two of his modules and he needed financial assistance for the other two modules.

The T ...

John

John is a 55-year-old man, who was born with Down’s Syndrome and was diagnosed with dementia 10 years ago. His mother was his main carer until she died in 2005, after which he lived with his brother and sister. Last year, his health took a turn for the worse and he began to suffer from seizures, so he was admitted into residential care. However, the only facility with space was 20 miles away from his siblings.

Recently, a place became available in a supported living environment close to John’s siblings and his support workers feel he would be more comfortable living ...

Sofia

Sofia’s husband died in a car crash last year, leaving her with three young children and pregnant with their fourth child. Her husband had also incurred significant debts, leaving Sofia to pay them off with their benefits, as well as managing the household finances.

Sofia has a stammer and has struggled with confidence throughout her life and she is unable to ask her local community for help. She has been sleeping on a broken bed for the last six months, which is exacerbating her severe back pain from pregnancy.

The Trust provided a grant of £350 towards a new ...

Lauren

Lauren grew up in care and has battled alcohol abuse and mental illness since her early teens. Since leaving residential treatment in 2012, she has undertaken various qualifications in counselling and substance abuse, in order to help others that have been affected by addiction. Lauren was offered a place on a postgraduate course in Addiction Psychology and Counselling at a leading university, but had only raised two-thirds of the required tuition fees. 

The Trust provided a grant of £200 towards Lauren’s course f ...

Amin

Amin worked as a doctor in Iran, where he ran his own clinic and was involved in academia. He was also politically active, which led to his arrest and imprisonment, where he was interrogated and left in solitary confinement for seven months. He managed to flee the country and came to the UK, where he sought asylum. 

Amin was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and receives support from a psychiatric nurse and psychologist. He has been volunteering with a number of local charities and is keen to start work as a doctor again. He has al ...

Muneerah

Muneerah is a 21-year-old refugee who has been living in the UK for the last seven years. In her early teens, she was in a car accident and suffered from a brain injury, which has affected her short and long-term memory. As a result, she forgets what she has done and what she needs to do, she finds it difficult to participate in education, and she has become very vulnerable. This has also led to Muneerah becoming frustrated and angry, which has caused her to be very depressed.

Last year, Muneerah broke both of her ankles after she jumped out of ...

Abdul

Abdul worked as a professional photographer in London, but was assaulted by a security guard. He was arrested and remained in custody for six months until the trial, after which he was sentenced to five years in prison. During this time, his photography equipment was repossessed to pay for his studio rental. Whilst he was in prison, he started painting and was supported by a leading prison arts charity. Upon his release, Abdul wanted to resume his career as a photographer, but had no money to purchase new equipment.

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