About US

An Agency for Pollokshields Scottish Charity No: SCO33424

Pollokshields Development Agency was formally established in 1989 and operates as a company limited by guarantee with charitable status providing services in the south side of Glasgow. We have worked with and on behalf of diverse communities within Pollokshields for more than 25 years. Our priorities have always been identification of local needs and the provision of services to meet these needs. We deliver services directly to the communities and also work in partnership with other organisations to deliver specialist services which we cannot deliver with our current resources.

PDA was originally based in a portacabin in McCulloch Street and when this was demolished in 2004 we moved into the Pollokshields Community Centre. In view of the arrival of new communities and settling in the south side of Glasgow the management board of Pollokshields Development Agency at its AGM 2013 made an amendment to the constitution to rename PDA, as Southside Development Agency to facilitate the service provision to wider communities.

We run several projects also deliver services by partnership working. Our aim remains community regeneration, integration, and cohesion.

Total number of clients attending services

Playgroup 220 persons
Playscheme 290 persons
Woman’s Group 520 persons
Fitness Class 327 persons
Massage Classes 541 persons
Senior's Lunch Club 630 persons
Active Seniors 190 persons
Youth Services 83 persons
Families 439 persons

We formed Partnership with voluntary and statutory organisations to help community with Lifelong Learning and Training

Our Main Aims of Organisation are:

  • To promote social inclusion (working with disadvantaged communities e.g.. BME communities, Lone Parents, Women, Elderly and Young People)
  • To promote developmental and educational programmes (Lifelong Learning)
    To promote multi-racial youth agenda
  • To work towards tackling local issues (unemployment, poverty, racism, housing etc)
  • Partnership working with voluntary and statutory organisations.

Our Team

Munir Ahmad Choudry
Chairperson

MSc (Thermodynamics): ILM management diploma, IOSH (health and safety), Conflict Management (City and Guild), Project Griffin, Risk Assessments (PENINSULA), Ex member of Glasgow Children’s Panel, Restorative Processes Facilitator. Safer Communities (Police Scotland).

Experience in teaching and research methods: Experience in business and production management,

Experience in community development work in the corporate set up:  Community activist and board member of other local charities.

Gulzar Mall
Vice Chairperson

Dip (Yoga meditation); First aid (baby and Children), Risk Assessment ( special need children),; Indian head massage; Community Activist; Experience in business management;

Alexander Mall
Director

BA, Dip(education); Community Councillor; 38 years working experience in NHS.

Khalid Bhatti
Director

BA, Experience in production management and community development.

Jamshed Iqbal
Director

BA; Experience in Business and production management

Muhammad Shoaib
Director

BA LLB; Immigration and Asylum consultant; Community activist

Belal Al-Latif
Director

(ACIEH, IOSH, HRLA, IIRSM, Pg Cert, Dip Law)

An entrepreneur and philanthropist that advocates libertarianism. Protecting the rights of minorities by providing human development and governance through third sector initiatives both locally and internationally. Belal is a graduate of Law and Risk Management with a personal and professional interest in International Human Rights. Belal is determined to fight against the sustained pernicious effect of the government’s legal aid cuts on the poorest in society. Consequently, this is achieved by streamlining access to justice as ‘open source’ within the community to help improve the lives of the disadvantaged and those who cannot afford legal assistance through a network of local (pro bono publico) Solicitors.

Belal is passionate about helping others and endeavours to employ strategic thinking to counsel the PDA board in navigating through difficult times of austerity and making sure informed choices are made to the merits and limitations of the available strategies within the minority ethnic community.

In addition to his work at PDA,

  • Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) Finance Risk Committee.
  • Investment Management of Press and National Media.
  • Senior Counsel Risk Committee.
  • Director of Education.
  • Investor in People Awards.
Mohammed Ismail
Director

BSc (Mech Engineering), Health and Safety (NEBOSH), Experience in business/ production management and property management

Mohammed Akram
Director

Retired cabby; Local community activist

Daljeet S. Dilber
Director

MSc.: Presenter at Awaz fm 107.2:  Experience in Post Office management, Secretary Sikh Temple Albert Drive, Secretary Sahit Sabha (Punjabi literature).

Member of other local organisations.

Adil Bhatti
Secretary

MA Economics); Diploma (accountancy); Diploma (Education); Dip (interpreting)

Experience in teaching, Community development, experience in editing of Urdu and English newspapers,

Management of distributions, sales director

Shaukat Sultan
Treasurer

BA (Social Sciences); Hotel management (dip); Counselling (dip); Workplace training & Assessments, National Award in cookery.

Director (Engage Me Scotland), Secretary (Madrasa Taleem-Ul- Islam), Trustee (Pollokshields Trust). Community Councillor (Pollokshields), Vice Chairperson (MCS Community and Mosques committee)