Fun day boosts the bond between communities

The Community Open Day, hosted by the Pakistan Muslim Centre
The Community Open Day, hosted by the Pakistan Muslim Centre
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An event to combat reported tensions in Sheffield suburbs has been deemed a success by organisers, with more than 620 people showing up to enjoy the fun.

The Pakistan Muslim Centre’s community open day on Woodbourn Road was organised for EU migrants, in an attempt to build a better bond between local groups.

The centre’s chairman, Mohammed Ali, said they had been working hard to engage with the EU migrant community, particularly Roma Slovakian residents, ever since tension built up in Fir Vale and Darnall.

He said: “With pockets of negative private meetings taking place city-wide, we were clearly entering dangerous waters.

“Somebody had to do something, to intervene and rescue Darnall and other areas from becoming victims of failing community relations.”

The event’s project manager, Mukhtar Tufail, said: “Community relations had never been so fragile. The recession, high unemployment and a fear of crime all contributed towards the erection of a wall of misconception mounting against EU migrants.

“This event, which was attended by migrants from all over Yorkshire, will go a long way towards building bridges, enhancing and bolstering community cohesion.”

The event featured live performances from members of the Roma Slovakian, Bulgarian, Czech, Hungarian and Polish communities.

There were also speeches from local dignitaries.

There were information stalls from organisations, including the police, fire service, banks, council contractors and education providers. There were also children’s activities, a bouncy castle and face painting.

The PMC has vowed to work towards continuing its community-boosting initiatives in future.