Celebrating culture and diversity at Hope

21 March 2016

Staff and members at Hope Day Support in Twinbrook welcomed in Anwar Mady from the Belfast Islamic Centre this week in a day that celebrated respect and understanding of culture and diversity in our communities.

Celebrating culture and diversity at Hope

Hope which is one of our mental health services, extended the invitation as part of its diversity-themed 25th anniversary season which has seen the Centre forge and strengthen connections in the West Belfast community in which it operates and beyond.

Guests at the celebration event were able to share experiences on some of the barriers that those in both the Muslim community and anyone living with a long-term mental health condition can face. It was a chance for people to come together, learn from each other and celebrate difference.

Members at Hope listen to the speaker from Belfast Islamic Centre

Paul Crawford, Manager of the Hope Day Support Centre commended everyone who came along for the respect shown to each other, he said: “Today has been such a positive learning experience. Here at Hope our commitment it to being an integral part of the community with our services being available to anyone regardless of their culture or background. I have no doubt that our event today will go a long way towards letting the local Muslim community in the area know that our service welcomes them, should they need our support.

“At Hope we welcome the strengthening of our community relations with The Belfast Islamic Centre, like us, they work to improve the wellbeing of others, so it is good for us to share our collective wisdom on occasions such as this.”

The Belfast Islamic Centre (www.belfastislamiccentre.org.uk) was established in 1978 by a group of Muslims from the local community to provide a focus for all Muslims living in our society. The centre operates for the benefit of all Muslims irrespective of their ethnic background, gender, country of origin or age. At present those who use the centre represent 42 different nationalities.

The Centre which is located at Wellington Park is the largest institution of the Muslim community in Northern Ireland and acts as both a place of worship and a community centre offering a wide range of services including:

  • Children’s education
  • Youth development work.
  • Social and recreational programmes for women.
  • Adult education.
  • Social welfare services for members of the Muslim community.
  • Information and advice for non-Muslim groups.





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