PLJC were among those invited to a multi-cultural community event hosted by Assistant Chief Constable Nav Malik at Cambridgeshire Constabulary headquarters in Hinchingbrooke on September 14th. The aim of the evening was to recognise the work already happening in the local community and reaffirm the importance of cohesion and joint working.
Around 180+ people from across the community, including religious leaders, community groups and partner agencies attended the event, where several guest speakers talked about what the community and multiculturalism meant to them.
Our community was represented by one of our council members, Di, who was one of the guest speakers from local faith groups who had been asked to talk about their particular faith and what it meant to them; how they saw their community contribution to the wider local area and what they would like to see from expanded multi-cultural cohesion in the future. It was an interesting and enjoyable evening and a great chance to meet people from other faith and community groups and agencies across Cambridgeshire who are all committed to working to create greater understanding and cohesion in our local communities.
ACC Nav Malik, who organised the event, said: “This was a great opportunity for us to bring together different people across the whole of Cambridgeshire to highlight the network of people and organisations we have in the county and to increase our opportunities of working together.
Everyone who attended was asked to make a pledge on behalf of themselves and the organisation they represent, to work together to ‘create a safer Cambridgeshire’, as people seek to address some of the more challenging and complex issues in our community such as terrorism, community cohesion and hate crime.
Police and Crime Commissioner, Jason Ablewhite said: “I was very proud to be associated with the Constabulary at such an exceptional event” and it “was a fantastic opportunity to bring communities together and celebrate the rich diversity Cambridgeshire has.”
By way showing cultural diversity there a Scottish police bagpiper and some drummers from the Sikh community treat everyone to a musical collaboration to end the evening and enjoy some food together.