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The MBE for volunteer groups


For Immediate Release:

British Muslim Heritage Centre has been made a recipient of Her Majesty the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

The British Muslim Heritage Centre (BMHC) is very proud that its work in building trust and finding common grounds between communities through shared heritage and culture has been recognised in this year’s Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

The unique UK national honour was created by Her Majesty to mark the Golden Jubilee in 2002 and to recognise the outstanding contributions made to local communities by groups of volunteers.

​Reacting to the announcement, Mr Nasar Mahmood Chair of BMHC said: “The trustees, staff, volunteers and supporters of BMHC are grateful for the recognition, which can only spur us all to strive even harder to build a stronger and more cohesive society. The BMHC is an organization of committed people, the vast majority of whom are volunteers, dedicated to this cause and have proven over the years that together we can achieve our aspirations”.

Mrs Huma Ali, a volunteer on one of BMHC’s flagship projects Heritage Community Radio said: “The BMHC has given me the opportunity to serve my local community, develop new circle of friends and gain new skills in Broadcast Radio. I feel that my contribution conveying the message of peace is hugely valued by all, which boosted my confidence in many aspects of my life”.

Mrs Hanna Shafiq, a parent Scout Leader of the BMHC Scouts Group said: “The BMHC provides immense support and an amazing venue for the BMHC Scouts Group. It has enabled us to provide children with the opportunity to be part of a global organisation, the Scouts. Through our hard work, the children learn valuable skills which will take them into adulthood, skills such as: teamwork, time management, leadership, self-motivation, cultural awareness and commitment. We are proud to be part of the BMHC and we are honoured to learn that our volunteering has been recognised at the highest level”.

With over 120,000 visitors a year, benefiting from a range of services, the BMHC always welcomes and encourages people to come forward and support the many community projects on offer, such as BMHC Scouts Group, exhibitions, community radio, and over 30 different initiatives supporting youth, women and other groups.

Notes to Editors
For further press information, please contact us on 0161 881 8062 or administrator@bmhc.org.uk.
The BMHC is a UK registered charity. Registered Charity Number: 1110104


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