Fundraising to try and help end the horrendous trade of human trafficking. People are not commodities.

One of our close friends and former GRASSROOTS colleague, Revd Jenny Spouge, is raising funds as part of dressember.  

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To find out how your kind donation could help, or to make a pledge yourself, please visit https://dressember-2018.funraise.org/fundraiser/jenny-spouge

Stay up to date about Jenny’s dressember campaign at https://www.facebook.com/WildAngelsTextiles/

 

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On a rainy day, GRASSROOTS, based in High Town Methodist Church, marked the first event of the High Town Living Advent Calendar, by welcoming the local community with free Fairtrade teas and coffees.

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People bought some beautiful Fairtrade Christmas hampers and other ethical and Fairtrade Christmas gifts including Fairtrade Santas for as little as £5 each.

Sr Maire Hayes, Roman Catholic Northampton Diocesan Inter Faith Coordinator presented a challenging display of Christmas in Other Cultures (below).

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Sam Willis, High Town Community Worker, said, “Traditional advent calendars have chocolates behind their doors, but a Living Advent Calendar can help reveal a surprise in the High Town neighbourhood, on each day in the run up to Christmas. People can take part in all sorts of activities which include singing or dancing, watch live performances, learn how to make Christmas decorations or even help keep High Town tidy.”

Find out more about it on https://www.facebook.com/HighTownLivingAdventCalendar/

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Walking joyfully with the Lord into 2019

A Grand New Year Celebration with 

Food ~ Music ~ Dancing ~ Entertainment

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Tickets only £10 (includes £5 to spend on the Fairtrade Stall!)

  • Date: Friday 11th January 2019

  • Time: 7pm - Late

  • Venue: Holy Ghost Parish Centre, 33 Westbourne Road, Luton, LU4 8JD


Tickets/info from: Karen Campbell (Church Related Community Worker) via telephone on 07957 450 624 or email crcwsmiles@hotmail.co.uk

Download the full poster here!

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As a voluntary body of members from different faith communities in Luton, we want to put on record our deepest shock and pain at the terrible Anti-Semitic attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, USA. This has been responded to here in the UK with prayers and with words of condemnation and strong messages of solidarity with the Jewish community from across the UK's faith communities.

We have seen some great community solidarity in the USA supporting the affected Jewish community.

There is no place in civilized society for Antisemitism or any other Hate crime towards any communities or individuals whether ascribing to a faith or none.

All communities must be able to exist in safety and to practice their faith freely and without fear or intimidation. We condemn extremist violence in the strongest terms and to stand together and to continue to work together with ever greater urgency against ignorance, prejudice and hatred.

We call for kindness and human values. We continue to pursue our role in educating and pursuing dialogue in a constructive way despite our differences.

We totally reject and condemn such thinking along with diversity of other individual and institutional voices in Luton.

We stand together as fellow citizens of Luton, as friends and as neighbours in opposing all such evil extremism which seeks to threaten us or divide us.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and a reminder for us to send prayers for the world peace.

Download full statement here.

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Join us for the 22nd Annual Peace Walk 2018 – an annual public demonstration of community solidarity to build a stronger Luton by fostering better understanding - on Saturday 22nd September 2018.

This year’s Peace Walk will begin by the War Memorial outside Luton Town Hall and will include a number of different events and activities throughout the afternoon. 

The Peace Walk will give you:

  • An opportunity to ask questions about different cultures and faith traditions
  • Meet new people and make new friends
  • Taste a variety of snacks along the way!

Please dress modestly and bring a scarf or head covering. 

SCHEDULE

  • 13:30    Gather at the Luton Town Hall War Memorial (Manchester Street, Luton, LU1 2BQ)
  • 14:30    Visit Luton Salvation Army (1 Vicarage Street , Luton, LU1 3HZ)
  • 15:30    University Chaplaincy - the Tree House (Vicarage Street, Luton, LU1 3JU)
  • 16:00    Quaker Meeting House (28 Crawley Green Road, Luton, LU2 0QX)
  • 16:30    Finish at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (39 Crescent Road, Luton, LU2 0AH)
  • 17:30    Officially ends

If you are unable to walk there, please contact us so that we can arrange transportation for you. For more details please contact us on 01582 416946 or info@lutonfaiths.org

You can download the flyer here.

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You can buy Zaytoun Medjoul Dates right here at GRASSROOTS! Full of mineral and vitamins, they are a true superfood, and come in a number of sizes:

  • 5KG - £45.00
  • 900G - £10.00
  • 500G - £7.50
  • 250G - £4.00
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If you are interested in buying some, simply get in touch with us on email at admingrassroots@btconnect.com or by calling 01582 416946. They can be collected at 47 High Town Road, Luton, Beds, LU2 0BW, but delivery is available in special cases - contact us for details! 

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Your are invited to the Luton Diversity Day, led by the Community Cohesion Champions. Following last year's huge success in creating a day celebrating all that is good in Luton, this year's event looks to be even bigger and better!

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Join us to celebrate diversity and enjoy complimentary foods from different cuisines, an opportunity for a penalty shootout with Luton Town Football Club and a cricket coaching session with Wicketz, and a guest performance from Rhythm Junkeys and much more happening on the day!

Date: Sunday 13th May 2018
Time: 12pm-4pm
Address: Chaul End Community Centre, 515 Dunstable Road, Luton, LU4 8QN

Download the full flyer here!

 

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A campaign run in partnership between the Fairtrade Luton Steering Group and Luton Council of Faiths (LCoF) has successfully raised £1000 in order to purchase Fairtrade sugar for the Luton Foodbank, which supports many of the neediest families in Luton. Launched during Fairtrade Fortnight 2018, the project was supported by a number of Luton’s faith communities, who kindly raised funds to buy sugar, one of the most in-demand food items for the thousands of food parcels they supply each year.

A special presentation of the sugar took place at the Luton Foodbank on Friday 13th April 2018, with representatives from some of the faith communities that fundraised also in attendance.

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“We offer our sincere thanks to everyone who has kindly donated towards this campaign, and all others who continue to support the work that the Luton Foodbank does in other ways” said Thakor Morarji, a board member at the Luton Foodbank, adding “Buying Fairtrade sugar does not only help farmers and producers around the world but is also helping our own community, right here, in our town”.

Maqsood Anwar from the Madina Mosque in Bury Park, which greatly supported the campaign added “it was a huge privilege to be able to support this important project and the amazing work that the Luton Foodbank does in helping to feed those that are most in need in Luton”.

For more information about the work of the Luton Foodbank, how you can donate food or if you feel you are also in need of assistance, please visit wwwlutonfoodbank.org.uk for more details.

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This is the story of GRASSROOTS, from its inception by founder David Cowling to the work of today.

Featuring reflections from past and present team members, 'Partners in Mission', trustees, funders, partners, volunteers and more, it is a story of our 25 years of work in Luton, presented in just 25 minutes! Thank you to Luke Middleton for making our dream become a reality in putting this documentary together.

Please also download our 25th Anniversary Souvenir Booklet by clicking here!

So now... grab some popcorn and make a nice cup of tea, settle back and watch. Please feel free to send us any reflections or thoughts you may have about our documentary to admingrassroots@btconnect.com - we really hope you enjoy it!

We also have a wonderful animated video which explains the context into which GRASSROOTS was born, what work we have engaged in over the years, and how our work continues to influence and be influenced today! If you enjoy the video above, please check out this one too by clicking here.

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Nearly 400 guests from different faiths and cultural backgrounds attended Luton based GRASSROOTS Programme’s 25th Anniversary Celebrations on 22nd March 2018. As an ecumenical Christian programme of community engagement, GRASSROOTS has been delivering with and alongside other Churches and other faith communities, a wide range of programmes enhancing community cohesion and developing positive relationships locally, nationally and internationally.

 Attendees included past and present 'Partners in Mission', trustees, staff, partners, supporters, funders, friends, family and more!

Attendees included past and present 'Partners in Mission', trustees, staff, partners, supporters, funders, friends, family and more!

In the opening act, a candle was lit by 4 different Christian denominational leaders signifying the work of GRASSROOTS which is about lighting a candle rather than cursing the darkness.

 (L-R) Rt. Rev. Peter Doyle, Bishop of The Roman Catholic Diocese of Northampton; Rev Dr David M Chapman, Chair of Beds, Essex and Herts District of The Methodist Church; The Venerable Paul Hughes, Archdeacon of Bedford in St Albans Diocese of The Church of England; Rev Dr Andrew Prasad, Moderator, Thames North Synod of The United Reformed Church)

(L-R) Rt. Rev. Peter Doyle, Bishop of The Roman Catholic Diocese of Northampton; Rev Dr David M Chapman, Chair of Beds, Essex and Herts District of The Methodist Church; The Venerable Paul Hughes, Archdeacon of Bedford in St Albans Diocese of The Church of England; Rev Dr Andrew Prasad, Moderator, Thames North Synod of The United Reformed Church)

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire Helen Nellis and Mayor of Luton Cllr Mohammad Ayub congratulated GRASSROOTS and High Sheriff of Bedfordshire Mr Vinod Tailor gave the prestigious High Sheriff Award to GRASSROOTS in recognition of its services.

 (L-R) GRASSROOTS Director, David Jonathan; High Sheriff of Bedfordshire, Vinod Tailor; GRASSROOTS Chair, David Lawson

(L-R) GRASSROOTS Director, David Jonathan; High Sheriff of Bedfordshire, Vinod Tailor; GRASSROOTS Chair, David Lawson

The evening’s celebrations were enriched by the very lively and colourful Indian (Gujarathi), Polish and Zimbabwean Folk Singing and Dancing, along with a Circle Dancing display provided by a member of the GRASSROOTS team and other dancers.

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Luton & Dunstable Polish School and Community

In marking the celebrations, GRASSROOTS Team gave away, besides its Souvenir booklet, report and newsletter, also the small jars of locally produced ‘Peace Honey’, packs of Bee friendly seeds, and a small Fairtrade Candle for people to light to defeat darkness wherever they are.

It was all funded by Awards for All from the Big Lottery Fund and the Bedfordshire & Luton Community Foundation. Event sponsors were Bedfordshire Police, The Mall Luton, Bartham Group, Vauxhall, Friends of the EarthBEH District of The Methodist Church and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Northampton. We thank them all for kindly sponsoring our 25th Anniversary Celebration and making it possible!

David Jonathan, Director, GRASSROOTS, pondered in his reflection over the increasing (not just religious but also) political fundamentalism, majoritarianism and general intolerance and committed not to be a commentator or spectator rather become an active participant.

 GRASSROOTS Director, David Jonathan

GRASSROOTS Director, David Jonathan

Quoting from an earlier event held in partnership with Luton Council of Faiths, he said, “We need to write the alternate narrative, not the next one. We need to find peaceful acts of defiance to counter the challenges that we face.”

Click here to see many more photos of the night!

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Fairtrade Fortnight is almost upon us - running from Monday 26th February – Sunday 11th March 2018. When Tokkie Bowman, a banana farmer visited Luton a few years ago, someone asked him why we should buy Fairtrade. His answer was simple and yet very deep! He said: “When you buy Fairtrade, you buy a little bit of humanity too”.

During the Fairtrade Fortnight 2018, Places of Worship can make or renew a commitment:

  • Pledging to buy and use Fairtrade products for meetings and events etc
  • Encouraging members to do the same in their individual households

What is Fairtrade?
We all know that Fairtrade guarantees producers and farmers a fair price for their produce and labour, which not only helps them stay in business, but also provides to support their families, education, healthcare and sustainable farming methods. Moreover, Fairtrade helps us to eat  wholesome food, and not synthetic, artificially manufactured and chemically engineered food.

How can you further do justice during this Fairtrade Fortnight 2018?
HELP US RAISE £1000 FOR FAIRTRADE SUGAR & RICE!

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You and/or your congregation/group are encouraged to donate any amount up to £50 or more, to help us meet our target collection of £1000. With this money, we shall buy Fairtrade Sugar and Rice to supplement a stock shortfall, especially of sugar, at the LUTON FOODBANK.

How to make your donation/contribution?

  • Cheques payable to ‘GRASSROOTS’ and sent to 47 High Town Road, Luton, Beds, LU2 0BW
  • BACS Transfer – The Cooperative Bank - Sort Code: 08-92-99 / Account No: 65797798
  • Cash donations can be delivered (at the address above) or call 01582-416946 for a collection to be arranged!

THANK YOU for any support you can provide! Please download the above information in letter format here if needed.

For & on behalf of the Luton Fairtrade Steering Group

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In 1991 the world was in the midst of political, social and economic upheaval, and it was within this context that the GRASSROOTS Programme was born. Rooted in Christian faith, GRASSROOTS was a programme of community engagement founded by David Cowling and supported by the help of the Methodist Church and Christian Aid. It soon evolved into a network of different Christian Denominations, Organisations and Trusts. 

     David Cowling - the founder of GRASSROOTS 

    David Cowling - the founder of GRASSROOTS 

In its early days, GRASSROOTS acted as a resource for churches, by reassessing the meaning and relevance of the Christian faith, in the world’s struggles, with the help of Project Workers (called Mission Partners) who were invited from other parts of Europe and around the world. Mission Partners led and supported a wide range of projects such as:

  • Building Plural Communities in Europe
  • The Cutting Edge Project linking the Church with the community
  • Rags & Roses – a Community Development Programme in Marsh Farm
  • Renewal from the Roots – New Ways of Understanding the Bible
  • Changing Perspectives – A Development Awareness Project
  • Spirituality, Regeneration and Development
  • Justice Spirituality
  • Faith in Europe

This work was largely inspired by learning about and having encounters with people from other cultures, and the desire to become more culturally humble and understanding. So why not learn more from the many faiths and cultures at our own doorstep? In 1996, these experiences, which had sown the seeds of inter-faith engagement at GRASSROOTS, led to the creation of the Luton Inter Faith Forum (LIF) which was officially formed the next year. In 2001 this body became the Luton Council of Faiths, or LCoF, as it is still known as today. Since then, in partnership with LCoF and with support from Luton Borough Council, GRASSROOTS has engaged in a wide variety of projects including:

  • Hosting the British Council’s ‘Global Exchange Programme’ where Luton had young people from Egypt, Cambodia, Syria, the Philippines and Indonesia come to volunteer 
  • Developing the Inter Faith Pilgrimage, which evolved into the Faith Walk and is now known as Luton’s Annual Peace Walk 
  • Helping to transform many green spaces into Peace Gardens
  • Receiving many visitors from the UK and overseas for learning and cultural exchanges

As the work of GRASSROOTS continued to grow, the Spirituality of Justice project planted the seeds of the Making Luton a Fairtrade Town campaign in 2007, which flourished with the help of volunteers from across Luton’s faith communities. This support and engagement enabled Luton to become a Fairtrade Town in 2011, and soon after the Luton Fairtrade Steering Group received the accolade of Outstanding Achievement from the Fairtrade Foundation, in recognition of its unique campaigning style and successes.

  The Luton Fairtrade Steering Group and GRASSROOTS promoting Fairtrade in Luton

 The Luton Fairtrade Steering Group and GRASSROOTS promoting Fairtrade in Luton

Today this campaign continues, with an additional focus of promoting the use of environmentally friendly materials, the availability of fairly traded goods to purchase from GRASSROOTS, and the creation of bespoke Fairtrade Gift Hampers.

Between 2010 to 2013, GRASSROOTS developed the unique ‘Faith Woodlands Communities’ Project in partnership with the Luton & Bedford Councils of Faiths, Greensand Trust and the Forestry Commission, which facilitated the creation of nature trails, peace labyrinths and a range of activities in Maulden Woods, which many groups from the community began to utilise, putting people back in touch with nature. In the areas of Art and Culture, GRASSROOTS invited bands like Berakah (a professional band of Jewish, Christian and Muslim musicians) to Luton, holding multicultural evenings of sharing and celebration during One World Week, and presented local talent to hundreds of people who came to join its diverse programmes of events and initiatives. Sport was also utilised as a way of increasing engagement, with Interfaith Cricket Matches between Luton, Leicester, Bedford, Watford and St Albans being held, Interfaith football tournaments supported and then more recently, following the London 2012 Olympics, the development of a 4 year-long Community Archery Programme throughout the town, which proved to be highly successful and has left a legacy of two community archery clubs still running.

Working with Women Across Faiths and Cultures became a significant focus too, with events and initiatives taking place at a very grassroots level in partnership a women’s cooperative group called ‘Ghar Se Ghar’ (Hindi/Urdu words meaning Home to Home). From this stemmed many activities, including trips, workshops and a range of other events including its women-only event called ‘Precious Pearls’, taking place annually during International Women’s Week and which continues to grow in popularity.

        Precious Pearls attracts women from across different faith and cultural backgrounds 

       Precious Pearls attracts women from across different faith and cultural backgrounds 

As tensions and difficulties increased in the town with the activities of extremist groups from different backgrounds, GRASSROOTS started to deliver Cultural Awareness, Religion and Belief Awareness, and Diversity training programmes to bodies within Luton including Luton Borough Council, the Luton and Dunstable Hospital and the Bedfordshire Police. Interfaith and intercultural awareness remains a key consideration in much of the project work of GRASSROOTS, engaged so heavily in a community as richly diverse as Luton. 

As GRASSROOTS has developed a great deal of credibility over the years, it was selected to be one of the National Hubs for the Near Neighbours Programme, which has funded and supported numerous projects across Luton, helping to bring people together and break down barriers. This partnership has also developed the Catalyst Youth Leadership Programme which is being delivered in Luton, helping to engage with and train community leaders of tomorrow. 

   The next generation of Lutons community leaders completing the Catalyst Youth Leadership Programme

  The next generation of Lutons community leaders completing the Catalyst Youth Leadership Programme

GRASSROOTS has historically sought to engage with young people by facilitating Youth Conferences which help young people explore complex issues of identity and counter suspicion of ‘the other’ and fear of the unknown. One of GRASSROOTS’ most recent areas of work has been supporting Luton Council of Faiths continue its engagement with young people, delivering various projects in primary schools including the latest initiative which is the delivery of storytelling sessions from various faith traditions, to help empower our future generation at a young age with wisdom and cultural literacy.
 
This is just a very brief overview of the history of GRASSROOTS and how its work has led up to today, which would simply not be possible without the generous support of its volunteers, partners and funders. The future, as always, is unknown, but whilst society continues to encounter uncertainty, injustice and division, GRASSROOTS will strive to respond as it always has, and continue to offer ‘a different point of view’. 

We would like to thank the Big Lottery Fund, Bedfordshire & Luton Community Foundation, Bedfordshire Police, The Mall Luton, Bartham Group, VauxhallBEH District of The Methodist Church and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Northampton, for kindly sponsoring our 25th Anniversary Celebration and making it possible!

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Women & The Power of Words

GRASSROOTS is happy to announce that it's annual 'Precious Pearls' event will be taking place once again for International Women's Day, where you can:

  • Share the talents of Luton women 
  • Meet women from different backgrounds
  • Enjoy yourself with different cultural entertainment
  • Enjoy the refreshments provided!
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This event will take place on Thursday 8th March 2018 from 6:30pm - 8:30pm at High Town Methodist Church Hall, 47 High Town Road, Luton, Beds, LU2 0BW.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A WOMENS ONLY EVENT

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For more information please contact Ghar se Ghar or GRASSROOTS:

  • Call 01582 416946  
  • Email gharseghar@btconnect.com
  • Download the poster here!
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GRASSROOTS and the Luton Fairtrade Steering Group is now stocking tastefully created FAIRTRADE CHRISTMAS GIFT HAMPERS. Prices vary between £5-£10-£15-£20-£40.

Let us shop more ethically this Christmas, bearing in mind Fair Trade is NOT CHARITY but it is about JUSTICE AND FAIRNESS, giving people what they deserve. 

Astonishingly, despite producing 70% of the world's food, over half of the world's hungriest people are small producer farmers in third world countries. Purchasing their products in fair trade terms means they can have a better training, tools, education, health care and clean water.

We are also continuing to support LOCAL LUTON HONEY. 

Additionally, we now have an exciting new range of Gift Bag Sets for any occasion, and you can even come and make your own bespoke Fairtrade Christmas Hamper! 

Please click on the DOWNLOAD link to see our catalogue! 

Why not give a Fairtrade Christmas Hamper to your loved ones or a neighbour, and someone of a different faith sharing the Joy of Christmas?

For further enquiries or to purchase, please:

We also encourage you to please circulate these details to colleagues, friends or family who may also be interested. Thank you so much for your continued support of Fair Trade!

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'Real People, Honest Talk' is a new strand of work for Near Neighbours (hosted in Luton by GRASSROOTS), that seeks to bring people together in conversation and action around topics of concern to people in a locality. It seeks to create a safe and open space where everyday people, not just ‘community leaders’, can be open and honest about their anxieties and aspirations, and see how community members can work together in addressing these concerns. 

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It consists of a series of 3 evenings of 90 minutes each, including food and refreshments. The 3 evenings will have a delivered format and a facilitator will be convening the evenings. 

  • Dates: 1st November, 22nd November & 6th December (All Wednesdays)
  • Time: 6:30pm to 8:00pm
  • Venue: Marjorie’s Kitchen, 48A High Town Road, Luton, LU2 0DE

Places MUST be booked in advance for catering and seating purposes. Please reserve your place by emailing near.neighbours_luton@btconnect.com or calling 01582 416946. 

(Parking is free after 6pm in Pay & Display Car Parks on Brunswick Street and Wenlock Street, which run parallel to High Town Road, where the venue is).

Download the poster for more info!

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Presented by

BURY PARK BEECH HILL COUNCIL OF CHURCHES

Join us on Friday 24th November 2017 at 7pm for some Christmas festivities at Holy Ghost Parish Centre, Westbourne Road, Luton, LU4.

Great Food ~ Live Music ~ Entertainment ~ DJ

There will also be a Fairtrade stall selling a wonderful variety of Festive Goods. Tickets are only £10!

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For tickets or information contact Karen (Church Related Community Worker):

  • Call: 01582 967265 / 07957 450624
  • Email: crcwsmiles@hotmail.co.uk
  • Download: the poster here!

All proceeds towards the Bury Park Beech Hill Community Work Project

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Join us for a magical multi-faith storytelling performance of wisdom drawn from many faith traditions presented by the Khayaal Theatre Company. Refreshments included! This will take place on:

Date: Friday 17th Nov 2017
Time: 18:30 - 20:30
Venue: High Town Methodist Church, 47 High Town Road, Luton, LU2 0BW.

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Places are limited and must be booked in advance by:

  • Calling us on 01582 416946
  • Emailing us at admingrassroots@btconnect.com
  • Downloading the flyer here!

Parking is available in Wenlock Street Car Park (LU2 0NN) behind the Church.

 

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Earlier this summer Luton Council of Faiths (LCoF) launched a ‘Rebuilding Lives’ campaign to support those affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy. The appeal, which has successfully raised £3000, has already helped 80 people, directly affected by the tragedy, to enjoy a fun day out at Wicksteed Park, bringing some relief, respite and recreation, to some of the families and children that were caught up in the disaster. 

Zafar Khan, Chair of LCoF explains that “Luton Council of Faiths has historically run campaigns to support those in need in response to different disasters around the world, but what happened at Grenfell Tower was so shocking and tragic that it was felt Luton could play some small role in helping those affected. Once again, the people of Luton from all faiths and backgrounds, and those of no particular faith affiliation, have come together and shown great generosity and compassion for their fellow man”. 

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The trip to Wicksteed Park included a visit to its theme park, time spent in it’s beautiful gardens, the opportunity for children to cook a free pizza lunch with their families and a memento from the gift shop to take away with them. Zafar added, “This trip would not have been possible without the help and support of Tracey Clarke, the Community Link Manager from Wicksteed Park, who ensured that families were given a warm and supportive welcome, and that the children had a day packed full of fun activities”.

The trip created many lasting happy memories for the families attending, with one family thanking “all of the staff for making the day special” and another noting that they “enjoyed every bit of the journey”. The biggest impact however was made on the children, one of whom said simply “I enjoyed today and it made me feel very special – it allowed me and my family to bond”. 

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The campaign was a collaboration between LCoF, GRASSROOTS, Angela Scarlett-Marshall (St Thomas’s Church in Stopsley) and Madit Grant (The Olive Tree Church), further supported by A to B Travel in Luton who kindly provided transport on the day, and volunteers from the SOS Bus, which acts as a point of help and refuge in the town centre on Friday and Saturday nights. 

Angela Scarlett-Marshall, the key initiator behind this appeal, joined volunteers accompanying the families and children on the day and said "The smiles on the faces of the children were so gratifying and showed us that this was the right thing to do. I really admire the generosity and contributions in cash or kind, of all donors and contributors, across faiths and cultures in Luton. It was a great day for those attending, made possible only by the kindness of the Luton community”.   

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Once the costs of the day trip had been taken out, the remaining sum of £1700 was presented to Sean Mendez, the Director of Solidarity Sports, on 13th September 2017 by Angela, Madit and David Jonathan (Director of Luton Council of Faiths). Sean movingly shared stories of both loss and bravery from some of the children they are working with, adding that “we are extremely grateful to the people of Luton for their kind donations. This will help us to continue our programme of activities and trips for those affected by this immense tragedy, and help bring a smile back to many saddened faces”.

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Catalyst is a FREE, dynamic youth leadership programme for young people aged  16 - 26 which includes:

  • Certification, an enhanced CV and increased employability
  • Five days of high quality training (Friday, the final day, is only a 1/2 day!)
  • Access to experienced trainers and inspirational speakers
  • Practical skills and knowledge around confidence building, effective communication and leadership
  • Insight and understanding into intercultural differences, the media, citizenship, democracy and equality law
  • Opportunity to discuss and critically think about some of the most pressing issues of our time
  • Membership with Catalyst Futures and the chance of gaining a new qualification!
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The next course will run on Monday 23rd Oct 2017 to Friday 27th Oct 2017 but places are limited so book now!

For an application form or further information please:

Email near.neighbours_luton@btconnect.com 

Call 01582 416946

Download the application form here (to be completed and emailed back to the email address above) or promotional flyer!
 

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