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Our mission is to develop services which promote integration and the regeneration of our community. By consulting and working with local people and stakeholders to develop and deliver services which meet the identified needs of our community, we aim to improve the quality of life of all residents but especially the most vulnerable in our community. 

PDA’s aim is to promote and deliver services which will benefit residents of Pollokshields. In addition to the needs of residents we will also work in partnership with the local authority, other statutory and voluntary organisations in a common effort to meet our objectives of: 

  • Advancing education and development opportunities 
  • Fostering integration and promoting dialogue and understanding 
  • Providing opportunities for engagement in community consultation 
  • Working towards actively encouraging disadvantaged communities to have better representation and engagement in the design and delivery of service provision 
  • Promoting capacity building to empower and enhance opportunities for community participation 
  • Working with partner agencies to combat issues of poverty, unemployment and housing issues through the provision of information, advice and training 
  • Developing awareness and capacity of all communities to tackle racism and promote equality and diversity 

Pollokshields Development Agency (PDA) has a long and respected history of providing vital community support and services to the people of South Glasgow. They have worked with and on behalf of the diverse community of Pollokshields and the Southside of Glasgow for nearly 30 years. 

Pollokshields Development Agency was formally established in 1989. Originally based in a porta cabin in McCulloch Street, Pollokshields, PDA evolved from a group of committed volunteers who came together to develop solutions to some of the local problems faced by residents of Pollokshields and South Glasgow. With support from many local people, community leaders and local Councillors, the agency grew to deliver the people-led services it is known for today. 

Whilst the community itself and the services that PDA delivers have changed and evolved over the intervening years, the organisation’s priority of addressing specific local needs through user-led service provision has remained unchanged. Now a respected institution within the community landscape of South Glasgow, PDA manages and delivers a programme of in-house services as well as working in partnership with a range of agencies to deliver specialist provisions, all aimed at improving the lives of local residents. 

PDA has become instrumental in bringing local people together, alleviating isolation, overcoming cultural barriers, supporting healthy lifestyles and encouraging lifelong learning for all in the community, from pre-schoolers to the elderly. 

Our Team

Belal Al Latif - Financial Inclusion Officer

Alison Cooney - Temporary Office Manager

Asifa Chaudhry - Senior Lunch Club Co-ordinator

Rabeea Qureshi - Volunteer Co-ordinator

Khalda Muhammad - Sessional Worker

Robina Ahktar - Sessional Worker

Habibah Bashir - Volunteer

Our Board of Trustees

Jahangheer Hussain


Jahangheer is passionate about promoting equality and diversity, human rights and the rule of law. Navigating through difficult times of austerity, making sure informed choices are made to help the Pollokshields Development Agency improve the lives of the disadvantaged ethnic minority community including Asian, Black, Mixed, White, Gypsy, Irish Traveller, Romani and Other. Jahangheer believes we can only deliver the aims and objectives of the Pollokshields Development Agency when our policies and actions match our values.

Dr Atif Bashir

Asim Beg

Sarfraz Ahmad

Alexander Mall

Dr Hussein Hussein-Ibrahim

Asim Nasair