While working as a Grants Officer for Foundation in London, AWN’s Founder Ayesha Tariq, realised how there weren’t many Muslim led organisations applying to her organisation. Upon investigating further, she also noticed how many small charities either didn’t know who funders are or what they did.
Looking for a resolution, Ayesha hosted an event called ‘Meet the Funders’ in 2016 at the Osmani Centre in Whitechapel. There was a great turn out of Muslim grassroots charities and it was widely attended by mainstream funders including:
Aziz Foundation, BBC Children in Need, Clothworkers' Foundation, East End Community Foundation, London Marathon Charitable Trust, Tudor Trust, and Wolfson Foundation.
This was an opportunity for small charities to share their projects (revenue, overheads, running, salaries etc) and engage in discussions whether this would be eligible to fund or not.
The result from this event was highly positive, and charities expressed further interest in being involved in future events. This led to the formation of All Ways Network (AWN).
The name had to unify both the Muslim traditions and British values whilst capturing the organisation's mission. It took a lot quicker than expected to come up with a name!
“Awn” or “عون” means “to help” or “to assist” in Arabic. Awn was then made into an acronym with an English meaning:
All Ways Network.
In October 2018, All Ways Network officially became a registered charity on Charity Commission (1180445) as an umbrella organisation empowering all small grassroots charities working with the Muslim community living in the UK.
To empower small charities working with Muslims
We believe in having a strong support networks for our community of charities especially within the current rocky climate in the UK, with its constant cuts from the government.
We encourage and ensure charities are aware of good practice and operating with due diligence.