Hundreds across the country were welcomed at the House of Lords Last week organised by Near Neighbours programme. Friends, partners, faith leaders, activists, politicians were hosted as guest of The Baroness Eaton DBE DL for an afternoon tea. The evening was a show of appreciation for the work in local communities that promote positive integration and challenging hate and intolerance.
A delegation from Luton coming from Luton Council Faiths, Grassroots programme, the Luton Irish forum, ATTENTIVE Social Enterprise,Tokko Youth Space and Shri Guru Ravidaas Sangat represented Luton. The Near Neighbours director Paul Hackwood gave an overview of the national picture sharing some great examples as good practice while raising Brexit concerns over issues of relationship and friendship.
It was encouraging and affirming that Luton was mentioned in a very positive way, in the presence of Baroness Eaton, Lord Bourne and many others. Sanjeev Kumar from Luton spoke about Luton and shared the cooking book that the Shri Guru Ravidaas Sangat produced while working with the Luton Irish Forum. The team was cheered with a surprise visit by Luton North MP Kelvin Hopkins.