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)

Belal is a graduate of Law and post graduate in Risk Management with a personal and professional interest in international human rights. An entrepreneur and philanthropist that advocates libertarianism, the rights of minorities by providing human development and governance.

-Director of Education and Qualified Tutor
-Belal also directs various charities, charitable trusts and volunteers to help those who cannot afford legal assistance by providing administration through a network of local solicitors (pro bono) in the form of an initial advice clinic.

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)