(L-R): Committee members David Jones, Rushda Jubin, Nabila Sajid, Hannah Eulilan (daughters Lydia and Sophie) with Paddy Tipping
Two multi-cultural Sneinton community groups who joined forces to become stronger together are “great examples of how to help communities feel safer and become better integrated,” says Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping.
“Organisations such are these are the lifeblood of communities by helping people from all backgrounds understand each other better,” Commissioner Tipping said. “Such understanding is an important step forward in combating and raising awareness of issues such as hate crime.”
During his visit to The Noor Lunch Club in the Hermitage Centre on Wednesday (23 March) the Commissioner met members of the multi-religious and cultural grassroots group to see some of their events in action. From running their projects ‘on a shoestring’ they are now offering two days of lunch clubs and classes in exercise, sewing, arts and crafts…along with opportunities for neighbourly chats.
Community organiser David Jones of Sneinton Alchemy CIC commented: “The key is that this is a multi-religious and cultural grassroots group. Two of the committee members are Pakistani heritage Muslim women and two are Christians from St Christopher’s Church.”
Following its series of Christmas on a Shoestring events funded with help from local councillors, the group now expects that the Lottery funding will enable them to run their activities for a year.
Initially, the first group, called Noor which means Light’ in Arabic, involved a sewing project set up by a Pakistani heritage Muslim sewing tutor for women who were not eligible for college courses. Meanwhile, the second group – an integration project’ run by local and mostly voluntary community organisers – set up a breakfast club, lunch club and a big summer event. Joining forces has now not only revived the first group but working together has opened doors for more community events.
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Posted on Thursday 24th March 2016