Mitzvah day team go green-fingered

By Peter Stanners

Local volunteers have been getting their hands dirty on a Faith in Communities Allotment in Gorton, Manchester, to prepare it for the winter season.

As part of Mitzvah day, a Jewish led day of social action, the green-fingered group trimmed hedges, cleaned tools and painted the sheds on the triple-sized allotment on Sunday 21 November 2010.

The allotment is run in partnership with several community organisations and provides many services, such as growing food for the disadvantaged people and running workshops on healthy eating, green exercise and poultry care.

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Joseph is UK student of the year

THE UNIVERSITY of Manchester’s Joseph Akinnagbe has been voted the nation’s Student of the Year.

The 19-year-old, who is originally from Nigeria but now resides in Barking, London, was presented with the NUS/ Endsleigh Student of the Year award because of his outstanding work supporting his fellow students, the Students’ Union and a range of community and business projects.

Speaking to Manchester Mouth a delighted Akinnagbe said: “Awards provide validation of what you’re doing but it means that much more when you are being recognised by a union of students like yourself. Big thanks to NUS and Endsleigh.

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Prof: ‘Romani misunderstood’

A NEW study has revealed that more contact between Romani communities and the general public would help break down social barriers.

The findings of the survey, which was conducted by The University of Manchester, also discovered that suspicion by mainstream groups toward the Roma, who are an ethnic group often referred to as Gypsies, is based on pre-conceptions rather than on direct encounters with the Romani people.

Prof Yaron Matras, expert director of the Romani Project at the university, revealed the results of his research at a special event on Thursday 10 June 2010.

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Refugees party in Manchester

WITH summer on its way carnival season has hit the North West in the form of Manchester’s Exodus Festival.

A unique celebration of refugee arts and culture the festival, which takes place on 18 July 2010 outside Manchester Town Hall, is a vibrant mix of contemporary and traditional music, dance and culture from around the world and exciting cross-cultural collaborations.

Now in its ninth year, Exodus was set up to promote creative activity and social engagement for refugees and asylum seekers and local communities.

“Exodus is about challenging negative representations, supporting the arts and culture of people in exile and promoting cultural cohesion through cultural exchange, and most important creating a voice for refugees and asylum seekers in Greater Manchester,” Exodus coordinator Katherine Rogers told Manchester Mouth.

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Girl power

AN INSPIRED Manchester woman has received an award for her long-standing contribution to women from minority communities.

Fajer Rabia was presented with the Inspiring Young Woman for 2010 award at a special ceremony which celebrates amazing community-spirited women from the North West on Friday 14 May 2010.

The 25-year-old, who moved to Manchester from Pakistan in 2003, set up not-for-profit community organization Inspired Sisters in 2007 and the group has helped many BME (black and minority ethnic) women find employment thanks to a range of social interaction and educational activities.

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Public invited to Archie’s funeral

PEOPLE can pay their last respects to race equality leader Archie Downie on Saturday 8 May 2010.

Downie, who was an OBE and a magistrate, died just three weeks before his 86th birthday on Wednesday 21 April 2010 after being ill for a few weeks.

His son Milton has invited well-wishers to attend his funeral.

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Race equality campaigner dies

A PASSIONATE race equality campaigner from Manchester has passed away.

Archie Downie OBE died just three weeks before his 86th birthday at North Manchester General Hospital.

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