Volunteers from the Dawoodi Bohra community of Nottingham have undertaken a wide range of initiatives over the last year to help make Hucknall a better place for everyone that lives and works there. Those efforts have now been recognised by Ashfield District Council, who presented the Dawoodi Bohras with the inaugural “Outstanding Community Cohesion Award” at a ceremony to honour the remarkable achievements of several local organisations.
The Bohras’ award was made in recognition of their exceptional contributions to creating safe spaces, and fostering a sense of unity amongst residents in the area.
It has been a busy time for the Dawoodi Bohras of Nottingham. As part of Project Rise, the Dawoodi Bohras’ global initiative to support vulnerable members of society and help protect the natural environment, volunteers from the community have found numerous ways to contribute to society in recent months.
In partnership with Pastor Simon Robinson of Watnall Baptist Church, the Bohras provided support to Syrian refugees, helping them integrate into their new lives and providing them with the necessary resources for a fresh start.
Local Bohras Hatim and Arwa Hassanali organised successful fundraisers for the Hucknall Food Bank, helping to ensure that vulnerable individuals and families have access to essential food supplies during times of need. They also held a collection of essential items to be sent to Ukrainian refugees who had fled to the neighbouring countries of Poland and Hungary.
The Dawoodi Bohras have collaborated with the local police neighbourhood team to help make the neighbourhood a safer place for everyone while providing the police with a better understanding of the Dawoodi Bohra community.
Nisreen Mohamedali of the Nottingham Dawoodi Bohras said, “Recognising the importance of promoting interfaith understanding and harmony, the Dawoodi Bohras have been collaborating with local faith leaders, which has been instrumental in creating dialogue and fostering a sense of unity among different religious communities.”
More information about the awards can be found here: https://www.ashfield.gov.uk/your-council/news/businesses-honoured-at-awards-ceremony/