I enjoyed an evening in the Hindu Temple on Edge Lane last week, socialising with different BME/BRM groups in the Kensington and Fairfield area, talking about issues of concern over a bowl of curry, very nice!
We mainly discussed problems of racism and hate crime and particularly those pertaining to the Holt Road neighbourhood, getting a handle on what kind of things are happening, how often and to whom, and by whom. And we learnt quite a bit and exploded some preconceptions. We then moved on to talking about how we could work together to come up with some solutions. This was very timely as I will be able to feed our thoughts and findings into the meeting to look at tensions in the area that I have arranged for next week.
We had representatives from the African, Polish, British, LGBT, young and old communities sitting round the table talking about their personal experiences. I found it extremely valuable and would like to thank Mark Jackson for organising this for us. Next month we are all going to spend a little bit of time talking about what our respective organisations do, so that we can take advantage of each other's services, and be more joined up - in the same way that the Youth Forum is already working for youth issues and service provision in the ward.