Sustainable Communities’ visit to Tarling Community Hub

By Amina Khalid

Amina Khalid

Amina Khalid

Last week the head of our Sustainable Communities programme, Amina Khalid, visited the new Tarling Road Community Hub in North London. It was a great visit and we are excited about the prospects of future collaboration. Following the visit Amina reported back:

The visit to the Tarling Road Community Hub which is home to a number of local community groups, including the Somali Bravanese Welfare Association (SBWA) went very well. It used to be called The Al-Rahma Islamic Centre until it was burnt to the ground in 2013 by extremists and the letters EDL (English Defence League) were found scrawled on the wrecked building.

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The Somali Bravanese community (SBWA) has been an important part of the local community for over 20 years thanks to the  inspiration and leadership of it’s founder and Chairmain  Mr Abubakar Ali. It was truly inspiring to meet Abubakar and hear of the ways in which the Muslim, Jewish and other communities came together to restore faith, trust and rebuild a new Community Hub where all nationalities and faiths can come together in peace and harmony.

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When asked what kept you going in times of real darkness, Abubakar responded without hesitation and said ” the deep support from the community coming together in times of need, determination to keep going for the sake of the community and and long commitment needed to build trust when its broken.
The Sustainable Communities Programme is delighted to form this new relationship and work together towards a future collaboration and inspired common vision to strengthen community relations – watch the space.

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