So, I was thinking about fundraising activities for Telford Homeless Action Week (THAW 2015) and it occured to me that having a Mufti Day or a cake sale is any easy and hassle free way to raise some money. Then I stopped and thought actually where does ‘Mufti’ come from???
… I then enlisted the help of Google and found the following on Wikipedia:
The word originates from the Arabic: Mufti (مفتي) meaning an Islamic scholar. It has been used by the British Army since 1816 and is thought to derive from the vaguely Eastern style dressing gowns and tasselled caps worn by off-duty officers in the early 19th century.Yule and Burnell’sHobson-Jobson: A Glossary of Colloquial Anglo-Indian Words and Phrases, and of Kindred Terms, Etymological, Historical, Geographical and Discursive (1886) notes that the word was “perhaps originally applied to the attire of dressing-gown,smoking-cap, and slippers, which was like the Oriental dress of the Mufti”.
A mufti day (also known as casual clothes day, casual Friday, colour day, own clothes day, home clothes day, plain clothes day, non-uniform day, mufting day, free dress day, civvies day, dress down day, uniform-free day) is a day where students and staff go to school in casual clothing instead of school uniform (or instead of smart clothes in the case of staff). In return, students are usually required to make a small donation which goes to a chosen charity or school fund-raising effort. This is found in many countries where students are required to wear uniform, including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Zimbabwe, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. It is particularly used in this way in state schools.
By extension the term is used in reference to the practice of wearing “smart-casual” office clothing in place of business suits or other conventional clothing. This may be done for reasons of economy, comfort or simply in recognition of an increased movement away from formality in modern society.
So now we know
Perhaps you could arrange a Mufti Day to support Stay’s work with homeless & vulnerable young people in the area???
The date is set for the Stay Out 2015
The Stay Out 2015 will take place on Friday 27th November 2015 from 7pm outside Meeting Point House. This year is Stay’s 25th Anniversary and so the Stay Out this year will have a silver theme.
There are lots of ways you can be involved in our Stay Out events including help with food and refreshments, taking photos, tidying up etc so if you are able to spare a little time to help then please contact us on 01952 291904 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We currently have a vacancy for Relief Staff. For full details and an application pack visit our current vacancies
To mark World Book Day why not purchase one of our ‘Homelessness in Poetry’ books for £2.50 and help support homeless young people in the area.
Just email email@example.com stating the amount that you require. Payment can be made by cash, cheque or Paypal.
Placed in a hostel when conflict at home left her without anywhere permanent to live, Antonia Weaver is raising awareness of different types of homelessness.
Her story was shown on ITV News Central on Thursday 6th November.
Antonia, who’s 22 and from Telford in the West Midlands, wants to show that homelessness can affect people in different ways, and doesn’t always mean sleeping on the streets.
She hopes that by improving understanding, people will be quicker to offer support to those who need it.
‘I ended up homeless at 16 due to family conflict,’ Antonia explains.
‘I was really lucky because a local charity found me somewhere to live in a hostel for young women.
‘A lot of young people don’t have that opportunity.
‘My Fixers project is to help people understand homelessness.
‘No one chooses to be homeless. Often the young person has no control over their circumstances.’
With Fixers, Antonia is helping to create a film based on young people’s experiences of homelessness in Telford and the West Midlands.
Conducting research as part of her broadcast, she speaks to others her age who know what it’s like to have nowhere to live.
John Green, Director of Stay Telford, an organisation that provides housing and support for young people and families, also appears in the TV film in support of Antonia’s campaign.
‘The project Antonia is working on with Fixers is an excellent thing in order to dispel some misconceptions,’ he says.
‘Young people who find themselves homeless can be blamed by society for their situation but often it’s not their fault.
‘It can be as a result of a difficult upbringing, a difficult family background, abuse, or a number of other factors.’
Antonia adds: ‘A lot of people do take it for granted that they have a home to go back to.
‘Through this project I hope to see more people offering their support and being more generous towards homeless people.’
For more information and advice on homelessness or housing issues, visit the Get Connected website.