Over the past 15 years Cheltenham has become more diverse, multi-cultural and cosmopolitan. We have seen a growth in ethnic minorities which has been of great benefit in helping to promote more tolerance within the town.
There are several organisations which foster inter-communal cooperation.
Cheltenham Together embraces people from different backgrounds and cultures, including Turkish, Bangladeshi, Gujarati, Hindu, Polish, African and Chinese communities. The aim is to promote the integration and engagement of these diverse communities, by helping people to get to know each other and by celebrating their different customs and beliefs.
Cheltenham Welcomes Refugees is run by local volunteers who raise awareness about the refugee crisis. It aims to ensure that refugee families in Cheltenham feel welcomed and supported by working to build an inclusive community through support of the resettlement process, education and campaigning.
Cheltenham Labour Party held its first Ethnic Minorities Forum in Spice Lodge restaurant last month. We began by debating and drawing up proposals for change for the Democracy Review. It was an exhilarating start and we are determined to build on it. Our forum is open to all Party members, particularly those who identify as black, Asian or minority ethnic, and to affiliated trade unionists and supporters interested in joining the party.
We meet again at 2 pm on Saturday 31st March at Global Footsteps café, 16 Portland Street, Cheltenham, GL52 2PB. Nicholas Bailey, Unite the Union's South West Regional Officer, will be guest speaker discussing "tackling workplace issues".
Come and join us, to help raise awareness of BAME priorities, to press for wider representation, and to campaign for a fairer, more equal and democratic society for all.
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