You can contact the East Renfrewshire Faith Forum by emailing Farkhandra Chaudhry: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our first venture in 2016 was the Journey of Hope event which took place in Thorntree Hall in March. Our objective was to welcome Syrian refugee families and hear accounts of their journeys and to provide hope through listening to the successful journeys of refugees from many different parts of the world who have found welcome and settled in Scotland throughout the years. We received a small grant from East Renfrewshire Council to help fund this and MSP Stewart Maxwell was in attendance.
The Festival of Colour event took place in Rouken Glen Park on 30th July. Again it was a hugely successful event and there was fun and laughter from both volunteers and those who were participating in the throwing of the colour.
In July we were invited to Erskine's Boden Boo Woodand Fun in the Forest - a joint venture with Renfrewshire Faith Forum. The Forestry Commission who supported the event offered wonderful family entertainment including den building, face painting, storytelling and leaf painting.
Our sixth annual Diversity Fun Day took place in Barrhead Foundry on 1st September. More than 300 children took part. The youth leaders who volunteered for the day represented the Baha’i, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh faiths and they did a fantastic job with the children who visited the faith and culture exhibits and had great fun dressing in the various cultural traditions, trying on turbans and saris. The children also experienced sports and dancing sessions including Israeli and Indian/Bollywood dancing. The kosher bread went down very well. The children were each given porcelain pens to illustrate a mug outlining what they had learnt on the day, to be given to parents after the event. The venture was funded by Asda Carrier Bag Commmunity Grants administered by Foundation Scotland and by Claremont Trust to whom we owe a huge thank you.
In October, a pakora master class was arranged at the Salvation Army, Barrhead. Farkhanda Chaudhry from East Renfrewshire Council was the chef/teacher and at the end of the night everyone had achieved a measure of success in the preparation and cooking of pakora.
Scottish Interfaith Week was launched in Paisley Town Hall on Sunday 20th November with guest speakers and entertainment. East Renfrewshire had joint ventures with Renfrewshire Faith Forum throughout the week. The highlight of the week for me was the ceilidh which took place in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Paisley.
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