The Board of Trustees present:
A TWELVE POINT MANIFESTO
November 2015 to November 2017
A commitment to open and consultative communication processes that inform, engage and empower stakeholders.
- Establish a new interactive website.
- Establish a monthly E-Newsletter and an online calendar for communicating key events and notices.
- Establish a quarterly meeting where the community can discuss ideas and suggestions directly with the Board.
- Introduce a suggestions box which is reviewed regularly.
- Establish regular communication chains through online media platforms.
- Establish an annual dinner as a regular feature.
- Hold focus groups on the following key issues:
- What Common Concerns Remain Around The CIO Constitution?
- What Facilities Should Be Provided By A Mosque?
- What Services Should We Provide For The Youth?
- What Services Should We Provide For The Elders?
- What Services Should We Provide For Women?
- How Do We Improve Our Madrassah?
- How Do We Relieve Poverty Within the RBK?
- How Do We Engage The Wider Community And Certain Ethnic Minorities?
A commitment to develop membership benefits and cultivate a positive and progressive membership base that works in harmony with the trustees to serve the KMA
- Establish a clear and transparent applications and renewals policy for members.
- Introduce membership cards that will provide discounted access to goods, services, facilities and training opportunities.
- Consult with members to develop and implement an enhanced members Code of Conduct which the organisation abides by.
- Encourage membership from all demographic groups who are entitled to become members.
- Encourage membership applications from individuals with skill sets that will positively benefit the organisation.
A commitment to streamline and simplify governance structures and processes – placing skills, best practice, and expert-led recommendations at the centre of KMA
- Move from an Unincorporated Association to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation.
- Develop a strategic plan with Vision, Mission, and Values and to hold Focus Group meetings to aid with vision-setting.
- Develop a comprehensive set of governance Bye-Laws, Processes and Procedures.
- Establish ease of access to organisational policies and working documents via shared electronic platforms for relevant stakeholders and staff.
- Recruit qualified and experienced personnel to the Board with the skills-sets required for effective Trusteeship.
- Provide all new Trustees with an appropriate induction.
- Up-skill Trustees by providing them with compulsory access to key training.
- Establish expert-led processes and sector best practice as the key influencers to governance related decisions.
A commitment to provide functional space that is legal, safe, secure, and fit for purpose
- Implement all remaining priority action points as highlighted in the commissioned buildings safety report.
- Expand and renovate ablution areas.
- Apply for planning permission to extend the Sisters area.
- Develop a holistic and realistic expansion plan that caters for the needs of the growing community.
- Appoint a permanent staff member responsible for on-going maintenance, safety and security of all KMA buildings.
- Establish a best practice policy for ensuring ongoing safety and security of KMA buildings.
A commitment to safeguard the financial well being of the KMA and reduce unnecessary financial risk
- Review the current reserves policy and funds.
- Consider the need for a capital acquisitions policy and fund.
- Establish and implement a policy for preparation of Annual Accounts.
- Review our Financial Controls Policy.
- Ensure finance personnel have the required skill sets and experience.
A commitment to ‘institutionalise’ fundraising within the KMA
- Develop a comprehensive fundraising policy and strategy focused on establishing sustainable funds to directly meet our charitable objects.
- Consider the need for a permanent dedicated fundraising person.
- Establish a KMA Volunteers Team to aid and assist fundraising efforts.
7. Service-Delivery Partners
A commitment to outreach and work strategically and practically with service-delivery partners that share similar aims and objectives
- Research and review other organisations within the RBK that can act as potential service-delivery partners which will directly benefit the Muslim community.
- Establish service-delivery agreements with identified potential partner organisations.
- Conduct performance reviews with our existing partners with a view to improving and strengthening those partnerships where appropriate.
A commitment to work closely with Kingston council and other stakeholders to improve and simplify access to funeral services within the Royal Borough of Kingston
- Review current funeral arrangements that are available to Muslims in the RBK.
- Research collaborative arrangements other mosques have with their local council to identify potential areas of improvement.
- Liaise with Kingston Council to improve funeral facilities and their timely access and availability in keeping with religious requirements.
A commitment to surround the KMA with competent, skilled, and suitably-qualified people that add value to the roles they perform
- Conduct a comprehensive review of all staff activities and skill sets.
- Introduce job descriptions and person specifications for all active and potential roles.
- Establish a comprehensive HR Handbook outlining all HR Policies and Procedures.
- Introduce appraisals to identify potential areas for improvement and provide access to training where appropriate.
A commitment to develop our madressah into a centre of excellence, equipping our children to meet the challenges of today’s society
- Carry out a ‘root & branch’ review of the madrassah operation.
- Develop a strategic plan with a clear Vision and Mission statement.
- Ensure strategic and operational delivery of the plan.
- Introduce a clear curriculum, syllabus, policies and procedures.
- Recruit appropriately qualified teachers and a professional committee of advisors to oversee strategic, operational and curriculum delivery.
- Introduce training and appraisals to up-skill existing staff.
11. Widening Participation
A commitment to reach out, engage, and include under-represented groups within the Muslim community such as women, young people, and certain ethnic minorities
- Hold Focus Groups on how to best engage women, youth, various ethnic minorities, and the elderly.
- Develop action plans incorporating key agreed outcomes from the engagement process.
- Timeline action plans so that the period of implementation is clear.
12. Islamic Cultivation
A commitment to educate Muslims about Islam so they have the ability to intelligently, productively, and responsibly live out their faith
- Identify competent scholars and specialists who identify with British society and provide meaningful ideas and advice on what it means to be a devout Muslim in contemporary Britain.
- Provide sermons, lectures, and tailored religious guidance that is applicable and understandable to British Muslims.
- Develop a clear and concise narrative of Islam in Britain that creates a meaningful religious and social identity with godliness at its core.
- Develop a comprehensive program that educates adults on the key aspects of their faith.