Al Masaar means Path to Progression in Arabic. Al Masaar was developed in response to the changing face of the Muslim community of Falkirk and surrounding areas. The new generation of parents were looking for an outlet for their children in which they would develop, while meeting new friends who shared their faith and culture.
Al Masaar constituted during 2014, widening our aims and objectives for the broader Muslim and ethnic communities from the previous Islamic Learning Centre. We have progressed by networking with organisations, linking up with the Falkirk Council Community Learning & Development (CLD), Falkirk Football Club Foundation, Bemis, ScoJec, Scottish Refugee Council, Forestry Commission Scotland, CSREC, Forth Environment Link and more.
Al Masaar activities are particularly aimed at women who are socially isolated and we aim to provide free creche facilities so that children are always welcome to come along with mums.
We are also involved in several wider community engagement campaigns, including our Autism Acceptance Campaign, World Hijab Day and Tackling Islamophobia campaign.
During lockdown, we have given out activity packs for indoors and outdoors which have greatly helped families across the Forth Valley. Our bi-weekly Zoom check ins have provided a life line for mothers as well using the platform to bring guest speakers to support mothers on topics on mental health and autism. We are currently running a Wellbeing course delivered by FDAMH through our Covid19 relief fund.
Since the lockdown we had to close all our activities however we are now implementing procedures in line with Scottish Government’s Social Distancing guidelines to restart our community activities.
We work with a number of different partners within Falkirk, the Forth Valley and across Scotland. Some of our partners include: Youth Scotland, SWAN Scotland, CSREC, Community Learning Development (CLD), Inspiring Scotland, Clacks TSI, CVS, Stirling TSI, and Falkirk's Mental Health Association.