|The Bolton Council of Mosques|
BCOM acts as a consultative body to a range of service providers in Bolton and has been providing some kind of service for the Muslim community for over 14 years. First in the form of the Bolton Muslim Cemetery Committee, then Bolton Muslim Community Care followed by the Bolton Council of Mosques. It is an organisation aiming to unite the Muslim Community of Bolton and increase the opportunities afforded to Muslims to participate, interact and contribute to the wider society.
Representing all the 27 established mosques in Bolton with approximately 30,000 Muslims, BCoM is often seen as the gateway to the Muslim Community. It is an organisation that ensures that Muslims are represented at the highest levels, locally, regionally and indeed nationally. As members of the Local Strategic Partnership we are involved in contributing to the future of service provision in Bolton for all communities, established as well as new and emerging.
BCOM itself has a number of staff, voluntary forums and is involved in a number of projects. These include the provision of circumcision clinics, burial facilities, mentoring and counseling, raising funds for those in need and at times of crisis, drugs work, young peoples pilgrimage package, advocacy and advisory projects, first aid courses, a community newsletter, MRI Scanning facilities and indeed the list goes on.
When one takes a good look into the achievements of BCoM it becomes increasingly clear that the community organisation has excelled like no other in such a short space of time. Working with hundreds of adults and thousands of young people, both male and female, BCOM has provided a new lease of life for many an individual and community group.
All this work however would not have been possible without the support of the staff and volunteers, who without hesitation dedicate their spare time, their efforts and in some cases their lives to ensuring that in some way or another they can benefit the Muslim community. At times there is enormous pressure on BCOM and the expectations are very high, but each time these excellent people dig deep and continue their support.
BCOM represents a real opportunity to shape the provision of services to the Muslim community and for Muslims to contribute to the Bolton Family.