From left: Professor Azrini Wahidun, Zara Bibi, Paddy Tipping and Tahira Bibi.
A weekly drop-in kitchen created by multi-cultural volunteers welcomed Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping this week as part of his goal to raise awareness of hate crime.
The PCC visited the Salaam Shalom Kitchen (SaSh) on Wednesday 12 October to see how the facility, run by the Nottingham Liberal Synagogue and not-for-profit Muslim organisation Himmah, is supporting the poorest and most vulnerable members of the community and bringing together people of all backgrounds.
After his visit Paddy Tipping said: “This is a fantastic and positive illustration of what can be achieved when people look at the world with tolerance, support and respect.
“At SaSh Jewish and Muslim communities are working together to provide food and support for vulnerable people. Everyone is treated with respect and feels welcome.”
The weekly service, which has around 40 volunteers, provides hot meals and volunteer support and is thought to be the only one of its kind in the country.
Based at Hyson Green’s Bridge Centre in Gregory Boulevard, it runs every Wednesday from 6-8pm and sees guest chefs from local restaurants and other businesses lending their culinary skills and expertise.
Paddy Tipping added: “Hate crime is a repugnant crime, springing from intolerant attitudes to difference. It is never acceptable.
“The value of this service is immense and is a shining example of what can be achieved by working together in cooperation, respect and mutual support.”
Sallie Blair 01283 821012
Posted on Friday 14th October 2016