Stoke-on-Trent mosque team up with taxi firm to help homeless

A Stoke-on-Trent mosque is putting together homeless packs, and has joined forces with a business in the city to make sure they get to those in need.

The committee at Ghausia Mosque in Cobridge has in previous years carried out a project to offer support to those sleeping rough.

But this winter they are working in partnership with Magnum Private Hire Taxis to ensure the help gets to those who need it.

Volunteers at the mosque are aiming to put together 200 packs containing a hat, gloves, socks, nutrition bars and list of helpful agencies they can access.

These are being given to Magnum's drivers, who are also being provided with information to help them to identify and engage with rough sleepers.

Mosque committee member Mahbub Rahman said: "Taxi drivers generally do tend to come across homeless people.

"The unique part of this project is that at any time, if somebody does know of someone sleeping rough they can approach a Magnum taxi, where they will find a pack available to give to that person.

"We are hoping that other taxi firms will also come on board to carry the packs, and other churches and mosques see the benefits and help us out."

Usman Farooq, who is the youngest member of the mosque committee, says they want to help as many people as possible.

He said: "We are not just a place of worship, we want to help people from around the community and different religions and backgrounds.

"Homelessness affects people regardless of race or religion, and if you are struggling we are here to help.

"We also want to change the negative perceptions  many people will have about what goes on in mosques, or how they are run."

To find out more information on the project, email sot_winterproject@yahoo.com


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