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Luton Hosts ‘Near Neighbour’ Event

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Baroness Williams takes part in sewing lessons at Luton

British Communities Minister Baroness Williams of Trafford has hailed the victory of Great British Bake Off Queen Nadiya Hussain, saying the support she’s received from the British public shows ‘diversity is the winner’….reports Asian Lite News

Baroness Williams takes part in sewing lessons at Luton
Baroness Williams takes part in sewing lessons at Luton

Speaking on the launch of the 1000th ‘Near Neighbour’ project in Nadiya’s hometown of Luton, the Minister said that the public’s support was a sign that viewers vote for ‘talent and personality’.

Near Neighbours projects bring multi-faith communities together through cookery classes and other activities.  It was set up in 2011 in partnership between the Church Urban Fund and the Archbishop’s Council and is funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

 The 1000th project comes as the Prime Minister announces that organisations from across the public and private sector will sign up to the pledge to operate recruitment on ‘name blind’ basis to address employment discrimination.

Baroness Williams said: “The Great British Bake Off has not only made us all experts on crème pâtissières, it’s also thrown a debate about modern Britain into the mix. TV programmes like this show that diversity is the winner, with the Great British public seeing past race, background and religion and voting on talent and personality. Now the Government is encouraging firms to introduce “blind” recruitment practices.

Mr G. P. S Kohli, Secretary Amardass Gurdwara; Mr Sagoo: President Amardass Gurdwara; Communities Minister Baroness Williams; Revd Mark Poulson: Secretary for Inter Religious Affairs to the Archbishop of Canterbury and Inter Religious Affairs Adviser to the Church of England (Christian); and Carolyn Burke, Near Neighbours Coordinator
Mr G. P. S Kohli, Secretary Amardass Gurdwara; Mr Sagoo: President Amardass Gurdwara; Communities Minister Baroness Williams; Revd Mark Poulson: Secretary for Inter Religious Affairs to the Archbishop of Canterbury and Inter Religious Affairs Adviser to the Church of England (Christian); and Carolyn Burke, Near Neighbours Coordinator

“As the Prime Minister made clear, if you’ve got the grades, the skills and the determination this Government will ensure that you can succeed. Look at some of the 300,000 people from every walk of life who regularly come together through our Near Neighbours programme.

“Every week we see people getting to know one another and enjoying one another’s company – everyone from parents teaming up to learn a new qualification to young people sharing recipes in cooking groups. To paraphrase Nadiya we do not want anyone to put boundaries on themselves or say they don’t think they can.”

 

“I’d urge more people to dust off their aprons and get involved with setting up a community group like this, so we can cook up the next generation of Naydias”.

The Cabinet Office’s Community Life Survey 2014-2015 revealed that more than 8 in 10 people (86%) think that their local area is a place where people from different backgrounds get on well together. Almost 9 in 10 people (87%) felt that they felt firmly part of British life. Over three quarters (79%) of people chatted to their neighbours at least once a month, more than just to say hello.

 

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