Religious festivals and holidays can be a great opportunity for relationship and partnership between people from different faith communities. They present a simple opportunity for us to share our special occasions with others and to experience something of theirs as well. Our Sharing Ramadan events have been particularly successful over the last five years, especially in Cardiff and Bristol. We partner with local mosques who generously host groups of non-Muslims during the Iftar meal (evening breaking of the fast).
I think Sharing Ramadan is important because a lot of frictions in communities happen because of ignorance, and I think that one of the best ways to get over that is to educate each other... We need to foster mutual respect to increase understanding between our communities.
Sharing a meal together gives people from different cultures and faiths the opportunity to meet and build friendships.
We bring people together around religious festivals and feasts — like Ramadan and Christmas — to break down barriers and challenge stereotypes.
This project provides one-to-one support for refugees and asylum-seekers in Bristol, who may be isolated or struggling.
We organise special events and days out for refugees and asylum seekers, giving them a break from the challenges of daily life.
We organise trips to connect people in the UK and the Middle East, facilitating opportunities for perceptions to be changed and for friendships to be built.
We provide cultural awareness training for working crossculturally, and refugee support training for groups working with refugees, asylum-seekers, and vulnerable migrants.
We enable refugees to take a step towards employment by tutoring people in conversational Arabic.