THE Oldham-based Islamic charity the UK Education and Faith Foundation has been hailed in a report by the All Party Parliamentary Group on British Muslims.

It highlights the work done by UKEFF and its initiatives to support victims of domestic abuse, single mothers living below the poverty line and support for children in getting supplies and warm meals.

In the report’s foreword, the chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations Sir Stuart Etherington said: “Britain’s Muslim charities are a tremendous force for good and this report helps us understand the many ways in which they contribute to our national life.”

Sir Stuart goes on to say Muslim charities are increasingly working alongside other non Muslim charities.

He said: “Working together not only increases the impact we have but enriches our organisations, lives and our society.”

The UKEFF co-founder, Nasim Ashraf, is quoted in the report saying: “We do this because Islam demands it of us. We give as part of our religion to all of our neighbours, not just Muslims.”

Meanwhile, the UKEFF is also calling out for volunteers to help at the town’s food bank.

Volunteers are needed at The Oldham Food Hub on Mondays between 10am and 1pm at The Oldham Unitarian Chapel in King Street. The Food Hub is run jointly by the chapel and the UKEFF.

Volunteers can call in or email to or log on to