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Building BridgesCrown Prosecution Service

Selection of quotes from course attendees:

"This re-affirmed that integration is a two-way process. Attendance on this course should be a basic minimum requirement for any professional in the Criminal Justice System."

"Today has been a unique experience – both informative and enjoyable, from the warmest of welcomes, lively presentations and delicious food. Thank you so much."

"A fantastic first-hand experience of Muslim cultural life, issues and awareness that I can put into everyday practical use within the Witness Care Unit that I manage. Thank you. Both speakers very informative, honest and open. Could sit here and listen all day and ask questions. Food was fantastic :)"

"Everyone needs to be aware of the cultural issues of the communities we serve. This has been a very good introduction to the Islamic faith and the Islamic culture."

"Excellent course – thank you very much. I have learnt a lot from today. Tutors made the content easy to understand and interesting."

Attended by staff from:
CPS North West
Criminal Justice
Victim Support
Court Service
Witness Care Officers
Senior Crown Prosecutors

For a detailed summary of outputs, see here.

Action for ChildrenAction for Children

"Following our recent training and visit to the Mosque, I would just like to thank you ... for a very informative, enjoyable experience. Here are some quotes, feedback from some of the team who attended:

'Fabulous and very informative'
'Really interesting learning about culture'
'The visit to the Mosque was great'
Best onion bhaji and samosa'
'Interesting, informative, enjoyable and myth busting'.

"We felt we learnt so much, especially as you had ensured a safe learning environment, where we could ask questions without feeling silly or ignorant. The information both electronically and on paper is great, a tool we can refer to if needed. We were engrossed and the time flew so quickly.

"I would recommend this awareness raising training without hesitation. Once again many thanks."

Joanne Wadsworth
Senior Project Worker
Bolton Family Intervention Project
Action for Children

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Edge Hill UniversityEdge Hill University

"I have had the privilege of using thinkBRITE Services on a number of occasions with different groups of students training to be RE teachers. Waqaus has always provided a well organised, informative and effective experience. The trainees have always found the Islamic Awareness session to be of the highest value and have come away feeling well prepared to teach Islam in schools and with ideas of how to use a visit to a Mosque or a visit from a Muslim to make compelling learning experiences for their pupils."

Paul Smalley
Senior Lecturer in Religious Education Course Leader
Flexible Secondary PGCE Religious Education
Edge Hill University

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St Bernadette's Catholic Primary SchoolSt Bernadette's Catholic Primary School

"On Wednesday 16th November St Bernadette's welcomed Saleha Lokhat (of thinkBRITE Services) to talk to our school assembly about Islamic Faith and Traditions. She talked about her practice as a Muslim believer and drew comparisons to practice within our Catholic Faith and tradition. The children had lots of intelligent questions to ask and in her answers Saleha sought to clarify understanding of other Faiths. Children and staff enjoyed watching some You-Tube clips and taking on roles to illustrate Muslim practice.

It was very informative and … the children were able to use what they had learnt from the presentation in class during lessons about Islam. We would like to ask you back sometime in the future to maybe do smaller workshops/lessons to individual classes to gain more insight.

An excellent experience - everyone appreciated and enjoyed the visit. Thank you!"

Mrs Emily Page
RE Co-ordinator
St Bernadette's Catholic Primary School

St Bernadette's Catholic Primary School Preston Faith Forum

"The evening discussion series at Ashton Methodist Church was entitled 'A brief history of Islam in Britain' presented by Riyaz Timol of thinkBRITE (British Islamic Training and Education). Riyaz had come well prepared and spoke eloquently and passionately … with an extended period of questions (and) discussion in groups.

What I think was particularly striking for those present were the many similarities between Islam and Christianity. Riyaz stressed the fact of Abraham as a common ancestor, and the fact that the old and new testaments are accepted by Muslims as authentic scripture.

I hope that we can invite Riyaz back in the future to explore further our faiths and beliefs, and some of the challenges we face as people of faith in a secular society."

Peter Lumsden
Chair of Executive Committee
Preston Faith Forum

St Bernadette's Catholic Primary School BCoM Health Forum

"Imam Fazal Hassan's presentation on Islamic Medical Ethics has been very well received by the BCoM Health Forum's GPs, hospital doctors and local medical students.

The regular presentations have been of the highest quality, succinct and to the point, and a true example of a broad depth of understanding and knowledge of such a specialized field. Maulana and his team at thinkBRITE have delivered a service which has proven to be second to none in terms of content, relevance, quality and overall professionalism.

We at the BCoM Health Forum have a great deal to be thankful for and are continuing to have different topics and subjects delivered by Imam Fazal Hassan, allowing and supporting us to increase our audience."

Dr Liaqat Natha
Chair – BCoM Health Forum

Inayat Omarji
Bolton Council of Mosques
1 Vicarage Street

St Bernadette's Catholic Primary School University of Central Lancashire

As part of UCLan's Discover Islam Week, Riyaz Timol of thinkBRITE Services was invited to deliver a presentation on 'Does God Exist?' to a multi-faith audience. Upon attending the talk I was intrigued by the depth of the research and facts presented by Riyaz. The audience was impressed by the explanations and felt involved by the humour that was 'student specific'.

Riyaz drew on a number of sources during his presentation and the depth of scientific information presented left many of us science students astounded. It was interesting, well-balanced and supported with examples that were well thought out. Both sides of the argument were covered and it was interesting to consider the topic from different perspectives.

On behalf of the ISOC, we would like to thank thinkBRITE Services and especially Riyaz for his entertaining talk that left most of us inspired. The work they carry out and the difference they are trying to make is highly appreciated and we look forward to the next time you visit.

Aisha Farooq
Islamic Society Member
University of Central Lancashire

Lancashire ConstabularyLancashire Constabulary

“Maulana Fazal Hassan delivered Community & Cultural Awareness training for the Lancashire Constabulary. It was well researched and delivered and met the needs of local officers. I do recommend his work to other s.”

Andrew R. Pratt
Lancashire Constabulary

Edge Hill UniversityEdge Hill University

“I have been delighted by the excellent quality of the bespoke training thinkBrite Services have been able to offer my trainee teachers.

thinkBrite and Waqaus Ali superseded my expectations in offering an outstanding half day training session in a local mosque. The delivery was friendly, interactive and accessible, yet underpinned by scholarship and knowledge.

I would unreservedly recommend this training to all RE professionals. ”

Francis Farrell
RE PGCE Course Leader/ Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Education, EdgeHill University

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Diocese of SalfordDiocese of Salford

“We invited the team from thinkBRITE to make an input for a recent course on interfaith and diversity. The team gave an excellent presentation on the Muslim Faith, which accurately reflected the questions of the course participants.

The presentation was informative and presented with humour and sensitivity. We look forward to working again with thinkBRITE as one of our partners in our work of education regarding inter faith.”

Very Rev Paul J Cannon
Episcopal Vicar for Evangelisation
Diocese of Salford

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Lancashire PartnershipLancashire Partnership for Road Safety

“Dear Mr Timol
Thank you for supporting the RoadPeace World Day of Remembrance and for speaking yesterday. We appreciate your support and you giving up your time. I am sure you will agree it was a poignant service and meant a great deal to the people who are affected by the awful tragedies. Lancashire Partnership for Road Safety look forward to working with you in the future.”

Rebecca Noblet
Events Coordinator
Lancashire Partnership for Road Safety

Cardinal Newman CollegeCardinal Newman College

“Dear Riyaz

Just a word of thanks to you for being with us on Newman Day and for sharing your experience, knowledge and insight with our young people. We are really grateful to have such an enthusiastic and knowledgeable speaker and I know that you have made a great impression on so many youngsters.

Thank you for inspiring our students with such positive and fascinating sessions.”

Anne Russell
Head of RE / Chaplaincy
Cardinal Newman College

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Burnley CampusThomas Whitham Sixth Form

“I write in testimony for Maulana Fazal Hassan of thinkBRITE Services, who delivered a lecture on ‘Islam, Marriage and Family’ as part of our Religious Education programme for Year 13 students.

I was very impressed by his professionalism as he was clearly well prepared with relevant Powerpoint presentations, confident in his delivery and knowledgeable about the topic. He made excellent use of the available time, including a challenging question and answer session at the end which he dealt with in a very calm and skilful manner.

I found Maulana Hassan most friendly and personable, and I would be more than happy to use him again and to recommend him to other colleges and professional groups.”

Mr. Francis Swarbrick B.A. M.Ed.
Religious Studies and Philosophy
Thomas Whitham Sixth Form

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Baptist UnionBaptist Union of Great Britain

‘Fazal Hassan worked with me to deliver a seminar at the Northern Baptist Learning Community. There were about thirty students present, as part of their training to be ordained as Christian ministers. Fazal was an excellent partner, graciously communicating with humour, humility and care about his experience and understanding as a Muslim. He also dealt effectively with one or two difficult questions, sensitively making his position clear. Many in the group very much appreciated their opportunity to listen to and talk with an Imam. Working with Fazal was a rich and positive experience and I hope to do so again in future”.

Revd Andy Williams B.Sc. B.D. M.Th.
Minister of Sion Baptist Church
Church Street, Burnley

Howick C.E. Primary SchoolHowick C.E. Primary School

“My name is Sarah Yates and I am Key Stage 2 Leader and RE Co-ordinator at Howick C.E. Primary School. I have recently worked with Waqaus Ali (of thinkBRITE Services) during our school Faith Week in March.

Waqaus began our week with an assembly for the children about the 5 Pillars of Islam. The children really enjoyed the assembly … He engaged older children by using a PowerPoint presentation – putting pictures to the new vocabulary the children were learning. Waqaus also set the children a challenge, to recall the 5 pillars which they did with enthusiasm.

Overall, Waqaus was the most remembered visitor from faith week, with all children still talking about him now, recalling the 5 pillars easily.”

Sarah Yates
R.E Co-ordinator and Key Stage 2 Leader

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Building BridgesBuilding Bridges

“Dear Riyaz...thank you for your input on the Family Celebration event...Your presentation was both intriguing and engaging for the audience and very factual. Your contribution most certainly helped with the smooth running of the event and gave it an added flavour.

Feedback from the event has been very positive; particularly your presentation. Therefore I would like to say a big thank you from all the staff … because … these events help build better relations between the different sections of the community and give a chance for interaction.”

Shabana Sarwar
Interfaith Development Officer
Building Bridges - Pendle