About Mums and Families
Why Did Mums and Families
Hall Green is an area with a wonderfully diverse community made up of many cultural, religious and racial groups. People
from the different groups seem to get along well and there is little overt inter-racial or inter-religious tension. But some
women who had children at schools in Hall Green began to wonder whether there may be room for improvement. It's not that
there was anything wrong, but as with many other areas where there is changing demographic, it sometimes takes a little
bit of effort to ensure that the understanding and links between the different groups making up the community are strong and
hold together well. So the women decided to see whether they could help, and the Mums and Families Group was
born. MAF is an organisation that runs activities and events enabling residents to share their life experiences,
cultures and religions. This helps encourage us all to feel that we are part of one, 'Hall Green Community'
instead of just a number of different communities living in the Hall Green area. Many of MAF’s events are based at Hall
Green Friends Meeting House, and the local Infant School, with Hall Green Friends and the Infant School having been very supportive
of its aims.
Using the experience we have gained in our local area we aim
to bring our ideas and methods to other areas of the UK, both to communities where there are very diverse communities,
but also to those that are more mono-cultural through a system of pairing them with communities that are different
The key message of MAF is that rather than being told by the TV, or papers, or the internet what
to think about people who are different from ourselves, we can make our own minds up, first hand, by "learning
about each other, from each other!"
How We're Organised
MAF is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, number 1167922
Its stated objects
“To promote religious and racial
harmony for the public benefit, in the Hall Green Area of Birmingham and in other such parts of the UK as the Trustees may
from time to time think fit, in particular but not exclusively, to families and parents or carers with primary school aged
children and those children themselves (‘the beneficiary group’) by promoting knowledge, mutual understanding
and respect of the different races religious and cultures represented within the beneficiary group by facilitating informal
and formal educational events and meetings.”
The Current Executive
Committee Members/Trustees of MAF are as follows:
Sophie Garner (Chair)
Roxana Keyani (Treasurer)
Salwa Hanash (Secretary)
Additionally we have a Volunteer
Committee whose member all play an active role in helping run the organisation and its activities.
always welcome new mums and carers who want to join our Volunteer Committee. Please click here to find out more: Getting Involved
If you're thinking of joining us, you're sure to find someone like you on our Committee, which is made
up of women from many different religious and racial backgrounds. All have children of primary school age that attend
schools in the Hall Green area. Some are full time mums, some work part time, and some full time in sectors such as
teaching, law, retail and charity work.
Our policy is to take on new Volunteer Committee Members
on an annual basis and we would particularly welcome the input of people who are caring for their children full time.
Why Hall Green?
Green is an area with a very diverse population in terms of culture, race and religion. Traditionally home to mainly
white British families, in recent years the local demographic has changed and many families of Asian, European and African
origin have chosen to settle and have their children attend schools in the local area. The result is an amazing mix
of different cultural, religious and racial groups all living alongside each other.
'learning about each other, from
each other!' © 2010 Mums and Families
Mums and Families is a Registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation