A MULTI-CULTURAL community centre in Sheffield celebrated its 10th anniversary with a host of fun and games.
The big marquee outside Galeed House on Nidd Road, Darnall, was filled with face painting, hoopla, jugglers, lucky dips and competitions.
Outside there was a trampoline, a bouncy castle and races, as well as the chance to learn about healthy lifestyles from Darnall Well-being and resuscitation techniques with the St John Ambulance.
Children loved the fire engine, especially when the fire crew squirted the hose and sounded the sirens.
Galeed House has worked for the past 10 years to bring people from different backgrounds together for computer classes, boys’ and girls’ clubs and mum and toddler groups. People have met there to sew, share food, improve their English, or just make friends and chat.
One woman from Pakistan said: “When I first came to Sheffield I had nothing much to do in my spare time.
“Then I saw Galeed - now I attend English class, Being Together group, and ladies’ drop-in. I want to thank everyone for their support and for listening to me and being good friends.”
An Arab woman who attends Galeed regularly described it is ‘a meeting place where people sit and chat who belong to different races, languages and cultures’.
She added: “No matter what ethnic group they come from, they are like friends. It is a place where different communities meet and create a new colour of love, harmony, care and trust.”
One of the aims of Galeed is to develop friendships and mutual understanding between Christians and Muslims.
During the Muslim month of Ramadan, some of the Christian volunteers from Galeed went to a nearby mosque to join their Muslim friends breaking the fast, and to enjoy the occasion with them.
Christian festivals are also celebrated and explained, to those of other backgrounds.
And, fittingly, the day drew to a close with a beautiful rainbow over the marquee.