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

Muhammad Shoaib
Chair

BA LLB; Immigration and Asylum consultant; Community activist

Taresh Nahar
Vice Chair

Retired secondary school teacher; Inclusion and Equality; Sufism; Artist; Businessman.

Diversity of religion country and faith
what does it matter what is our race.
Unity, peace, balance, equilibrium and
prosperity, PDA is the righteous path and necessity.
” – Taresh Nahar

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

Belal Al-Latif
Director

(MSc, ACIEH, IOSH, HRLA, IIRSM, LL.B, PGDip 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 humanities and social sciences with a personal and professional interest in International Human Rights law. 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 local community to help 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. Navigating through difficult times of austerity, making sure informed choices are made to the merits and limitations of the available strategies within the risk panel to improve the lives of the disadvantaged 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.
Sahira Zafar
Director

Director

Tahir Mohammed
Secretary

ILM Cambridge, BSc Computer Studies, SQA, MQI

Tahir is a Qualifications Officer at Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and has lived in Glasgow for the past 20 years. Graduating from Glasgow Caledonian University with BSc in Computer Studies. Initially working as a Software Engineer, then moved on to Qualifications Development Department, where he is working as a Qualifications Officer and is responsible for Qualifications Development and Maintenance.

Tahir has worked tirelessly on a local and global platform with various organisations, to enable people from all walks of life to gain a voice, to be heard.

As he has progressed upwards in the SQA, he has acquired skills which enable him to deal with all types of situations, skills which are further honed through his work in the local community through to dealing with crisis control on a global scale with events as the earthquake in Kashmir and Tsunami in the Indian Ocean, just to cite a couple.
As the skills have increased, so have the responsibilities and the scope of the role Tahir plays in the SQA and other organisations. His commitment is obvious in the quality of his work output, which has been acknowledged by his promotion within SQA and Minhaj-ul-Quran International (MQI).

Tahir has been known on occasion to throw himself out of a plane if he feels passionate enough about a cause and is a key member of the board at the PDA.

Daljeet S. Dilber
Treasurer

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.