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“Let’s Celebrate” – making Lincoln a better place to live

Published: 18/05/2018

The Lincoln Community Cohesion Steering Group held a special event recently to thank community groups and individuals for their hard work and commitment to bringing people together to make Lincoln a better place to live.

“Let’s Celebrate”, which took place at Bishop Grosseteste University last week, featured various local speakers from different community groups in the city.

The discussion began with an introduction from Wes Shelbourne, Chair of the Community Cohesion Steering Group, to kick-start the evening.

The first community hero was Lizzie Jordan, who spoke of her personal experience as a mother, widow and living with an illness, which led her to set up Think2Speak - a social enterprise that enables individuals to communicate on difficult issues with confidence.

The evening continued with Ghada Mohamed and the Peace Blanket Community Project run by Lincoln Muslim Sisters Forum, which brings people from different communities and backgrounds together for a common purpose. The project has welcomed 300 participants so far and requires further help to contribute to the blanket.

Jackie Kirk, Portfolio Holder for Customer Experience and Review at City of Lincoln Council, spoke of her involvement in community work, both in Lincoln and elsewhere, and how she had seen people from all backgrounds coming together for a common purpose and getting to know each other.

The evening concluded with the story of Birchwood Sings run by Pauline Tait - a community group in Birchwood which is helping those in the area and beyond to express their passion for singing.

Rosanne Kirk, Portfolio Holder for Reducing Inequality at City of Lincoln Council, said: “Let’s Celebrate was an event allowing us to do just that – celebrate – about all of the good these people and many others out there have done for our community in Lincoln and further afield.

“One of the key themes was ‘Together we are stronger’, and that resonated throughout the entire evening.

“Each attendee received a golden ticket as a mark of thanks for all of their hard work and we hope the rest of Lincoln can see the great work these people are doing on a daily basis for our community.”

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