The Islamic Society of Britain is a community based charity and not-for-profit company. Established in 1990, we were one of the first organisations that sought to evolve a uniquely British flavour to Islam.
In order for this to happen we felt that Muslims would have to think seriously about understanding their faith in a British context.
Our aims are:
- To promote greater understanding and awareness of Islam
- To organise, educate and enhance the development of British Muslim communities
- To encourage positive contribution to British society and the promotion of social justice
Eat’n’Meet is a campaign of the Leicester Branch of the Islamic Society of Britain (www.isb.org.uk)
The project aims to help the homeless and vulnerable in Leicester, by offering a safe, warm place for them to rest and meet others, a hot meal and a bag of essential food, toiletries and clothing. Through this process we are able to meet and talk to those in more difficult circumstances than ourselves, understand their situation better and try to identify what assistance they may need.
The service is available to any homeless, vulnerable or destitute person without discrimination.
According to government figures, nearly 60,000 people are homeless in the UK with over 2,000 people sleeping rough. In Leicester hundreds of people are homeless or living below the poverty line. They may be living on the streets, in short-term temporary accommodation or ‘sofa surfing’, often through no fault of their own. These communities are commonly marginalised, stigmatised and forgotten about.
This is a faith inspired project led by the Muslim community of Leicester. We are motivated by the teachings of the Qur’an and the example of the great Prophets such as Abraham, Jesus and Muhammad (Peace be upon them).
"A believer is not the one who eats his fill when his neighbour is hungry.”
(Prophet Muhammad pbuh)
We have also been inspired by volunteers of other faith and non-faith communities, who have for years offered their time, energy and support in this area of work.
ISB Leicester in partnership with St James the Greater Church operates the Saturday Stop-By drop-in service for homeless people. Our members and volunteers provide refreshements, hot food, recreational and social activities for up to 70 homeless and vulnerable individual every Saturday from 11am-1.30pm.
In a recent survey over 97% of clients indicated they are satisfied with the service we provide.
Clients’ feedback: "I look forward to coming to Sat Stop-by in the morning, it helps me get out of bed' and "I personally find Saturday stop by the best in Leicester, a great place to socialise and the food is amazing."
How can you help?
We need your help with fundraising. Can you and your friends, family and colleagues organise a fundraising event to help us raise funds or maybe you could take part in our ‘500 mile charity challenge’ where individually or together you can get active and raise funds. Visit our website for more details.