The People &

Communities Project

The People and Communities project will engage mainly Syrian Refugee families (but also include Asylum seeker families or individuals) in a series of initiatives that will support of a process of connecting with the wider community in relation to Integration, capacity building as ‘Community champions’ and an additional focus on personal development to become role models as inter-community educators.


Activities will take place at the Victoria Park Pavilion ‘Community Hub’.  This venue will be used as a fixed base for supporting a process of transformation; starting on a basis and challenging in the local context, that Syrian refugee families are in danger of ‘Self-Polarisation’ due to misinformation, false expectations and a lack of trust with the established sector. 


"Only seven weeks into our programme we begun bouncing around ideas of a cafe serving authentic Arabic cuisine. These ladies have worked extremely hard in putting together a selection of foods for the local community, bringing a taste of home to their new lives here in Pendle".


Marhaba Cafe

As part of the People and Communities project which engages local Syrian Refugee and Asylum Seeker families or individuals,  a group of local Syrian ladies have been meeting over the last few months at the Pavillion Park Café in Nelson to meet new friends, chat and cook together.


Following this, the ladies will be opening up the Marhaba – Café at Victoria Park every Monday to the public, serving homemade Syrian Cuisine.

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