Council staff lend a hand during Inter Faith Week

Published on 25 November 2015

CITY council employees took time out from their day jobs last week to help out at two community projects.

The staff – including members of the council’s Christian Fellowship and Muslim Support Group – were keen to do some practical voluntary work to mark Inter Faith Week (16-21 November).

Half the group helped paint the clubroom at the Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre – a charity that provides young people with the chance to experience adventurous outdoor activity – while the second group volunteered at the Peace Centre food bank in Thurnby Lodge.

The food bank offers much-needed provisions to people in need, so the council volunteers were happy to help out with food distribution.

Cllr Manjula Sood, assistant city mayor for communities and equalities, said: “Inter Faith Week is an opportunity for people to come together and strengthen the bonds between communities.

“By supporting two excellent local projects, our volunteers have played a small part in helping these organisations provide their invaluable services to local people.

“I’m pleased that city council employees have celebrated Inter Faith Week by getting together to make a difference in the local community.”

The Peace Centre food bank is always grateful for food donations and urgently needs volunteers to help with food distribution on Tuesday evenings (6.45pm-8pm) and from 9.30am on Wednesdays. More information is available at

Leicester City Council encourages its staff to take part in voluntary work that benefits the local community by giving all its employees one paid day out of the office each year to volunteer.

More information about Inter Faith Week is available at