Support for Inter Faith Week

Published on 14 November 2016

CITY council staff and councillors will be rolling up their sleeves to volunteer at two community projects during Inter Faith Week (13-20 Nov).

Staff including members of the council’s two faith-based employee groups, the Christian Fellowship and the Muslim Support Group, will be volunteering during the week.

They’ll be teaming up with a local river clean-up project at the Outdoor Pursuits Centre, and helping out at the Vineyard Church Storehouse food and furniture bank, which serves homeless, hungry and vulnerably housed people in the city.

They will act as an ‘inter-faith task force’, demonstrating how people from many different faiths and backgrounds can work together to improve communities.

Cllr Manjula Sood, assistant city mayor for communities and equalities, who also chairs Leicester Council of Faiths, said: “Our volunteers wanted to do something practical to mark Inter Faith Week – something that would benefit the local community – and these initiatives seemed ideal.

“This is an excellent chance for us to celebrate the richness and diversity of our city’s communities. Working together in this way helps to strengthen bonds between communities and helps to increase understanding between people who have religious and non-religious beliefs.”

Inter Faith Week is a national, annual event, organised by the Inter Faith Network, to highlight the good work done by local inter-faith organisations.

The Inter Faith Network has produced a practical ‘toolkit’ brochure, to help people get involved in activities and Leicester City Council’s volunteers are featured on the front cover.

To download the toolkit, visit www.interfaith.org.uk

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