East London Mosque and London Muslim Centre
Through its unique position in the community, ELM is able to focus on the needs of the diverse Muslim community while ensuring that services are open to all. It meets the needs of the local community by promoting health, education and employment opportunities; provides Muslims and non-Muslims with the opportunity to learn and understand Islam; and contributes to the social, cultural, spiritual and economic enhancement of the whole community through policy and strategy development combined with service implementation.
The Improving School Attendance in Partnership project aims to address low school attendance rates by using a faith based approach. Working with families, pupils, teachers and faith leaders, it makes the connection between faith and the need for children to achieve their full potential. Exceptional improvements have been achieved in attendance, punctuality and parental involvement in education. New parenting workshops will aim to empower parents with the necessary knowledge and tools that will enable them to play a greater role in the education of their children.
The Healthy Living Project starts from the barriers that the Muslim community face in accessing mainstream health care provision, and the high incidence of certain diseases among the population. In partnership with Tower Hamlets Primary Care Trust, ELM runs seminars on diabetes and heart disease, offers a screening service and has placed 60 people on a three month health and fitness programme.
The Women’s Project, with two female staff, provides support, time and recovery services for women facing a wide variety of social and domestic problems.
ELM is part of London Resilience, a London-wide initiative that prepares contingency plans for a variety of possible disasters and emergencies. Some of these were put into rapid effect within minutes of the bombings on the London underground network in July 2005 (ELM is a few yards away from Aldgate station). ELM was immediately opened to the general public and some of the victims received initial treatment there. Because of its already good relationships with other faith groups, ELM was able to act with them to counter a possible backlash against the Muslim community.
46-92 Whitechapel Road
London E1 1JQ