Mums and Families does
MAF is an initiative to develop good community relations by enabling people to
'learn about each other, from each other'©
... and have fun while they're doing it!
MAF is a small, local charity with big ambitions …
It was started by a group of mums in the Hall Green area of Birmingham, and its aim is simple: to make
our local area a shining example of a community that is diverse, yet strong. A community where everyone, no matter what their
own background, makes an effort to understand and learn about others who live in the same community but who are from different
racial, religious and cultural groups.
Our hope is that we can grow and develop
to operate similar schemes in communities around the UK.
MAF works towards this
aim by running events at which members of diverse communities can come along to meet people, who may be from a completely
different background to their own, where they can ‘learn about each other, from each other’ ... and
have fun while they're doing it!
Building a Stronger Community
Using Hall Green as a starting point, Mums and Families is an organisation that aims to develop good links between
the diverse cultural, religious and racial groups that make up local communities. The emphasis isn't on using people from outside to come and tell us about these things, but to get local
people to take part in activities where they can exchange ideas and information between themselves. By coming along
to these activities mums and carers can gain an understanding of, and a respect for those whose cultures and religions
are different from their own, and that understanding is far stronger and more 'real' than anything they can get
from any social media, website or TV programme. What's more, they can pass this knowledge on to their families, especially
their children who will undoubtedly gain from being able to respect and relate to people from other cultures, races
and religions as they go on to schools, colleges, universities and careers.
Who should come along
...Anyone who is responsible for caring for a child of primary
school age. We
hold two types of events:
Our 'Mothers' events
are particularly designed for mothers and other female carers (carers, aunties, grannies) of children of primary school age.
for all the family, and are centred on activities that the whole family can enjoy.
The reason why we encourage women only to attend some of our events is that we are mindful of the
religious and cultural conventions that mean some women may feel uncomfortable attending events where men to whom they are
not related are present.
Mums and Families has an equal opportunities policy and operates all of its activities
in full compliance with its duties under the Equality Act 2010.