On 30th October Sheffield HOPE not hate group was honoured to be invited by Fir Vale Community hub to support an event they were holding to celebrate their diverse community. This event was a collaboration between Firvale Community hub, Cohesion Sheffield and Hope not Hate, with some support funding provided by the office of The Police and Crime Commissioner.

The event was held at lunchtime in half term, which had the added bonus of meaning that both parents and children could attend. Our HOPE not Hate group provided a games room for the children, which allowed them to play and learn with one another in a safe environment. Over the time that we have been in existence the group has accumulated a wide range of games that work well at these events. Games bring people together, and, importantly, they get children and their parents talking to each other. We were also pleased to be able to support the fabulous MyArtyParty, who provided craft activities for the children. 

Cohesion Sheffield funded the Open Kitchen Social Club which served up plenty of delicious food, and the Community hub also contributed other edible delights. As we all know, and as Sheffield HOPE not hate has shown over the years, food is another terrific way of bringing people together.

A local group of Roma dancers put on a fantastic show to entertain the crowds, and it was good to see that the importance of the event was recognised by Alan Billings, the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, who came along to enjoy that which was on offer.

The games room proved to be a great success with a wonderful mingling of children from the different communities. As so often happens when it comes to children and games, the rules were gradually adapted by the children in order for them to play in their own way!

It was estimated that around 200 people attended this lovely event, and the atmosphere was cheerful and hopeful throughout. This was an important recognition of all that this community has in common.

We would like to thank the staff at the Community hub for all their hard work in making the event such a success and for inviting us to be part of it.