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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.

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

BA LLB; Immigration and Asylum consultant; Community activist

Vice Chair
Alexander Mall
Vice Chair

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

Jamshed Iqbal

BA; Experience in Business and production management

Belal Al Latif

Belal 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. Belal believes we can only deliver the aims and objectives of the Pollokshields Development Agency when our policies and actions match our values.

Sahira Zafar


Tahir Mohammed

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

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.