Members of the BATCF Steering Group

The Barton and Tredworth Cultural Fayre gained recognition last week, as it was shortlisted for the ‘Excellence in Equality and Diversity’ award at the Central TPAS Awards.

The annual awards held by the Tenant Participation Advisory Service showcase inspirational success stories of tenants, communities and landlords working together.

The Cultural Fayre launched in 2013, with this year’s event set to be the biggest yet. The community event is delivered by local residents together with community groups and other organisations and provides the opportunity for local people of all cultures, backgrounds and ages to get together and learn more about diversity in the area.

Initiated by a resident, the partnership formed with the aim of delivering an event celebrating and involving as many of the area’s different cultures as possible, to break down barriers.

Despite stats showing that Barton and Tredworth are the most ethnically mixed areas within the City and with more spoken languages than inner Birmingham, there had never previously been an event celebrating the range of culture.

Working together the steering group turned the ambitious and precarious plans for an event into a reality. The group worked hard to source funding, resources and members of the various communities to provide taster foods and entertainment reflecting all cultures, overcoming issues with engaging residents and also language barriers.

The Fayre is now an event eagerly awaited by local residents. The range of cultures involved has increased over time and includes Asian, African, Caribbean, Mauritian, Chinese, Libyan, Sri Lankan, Polish, Czech Roma, Irish and English, with even more looking to get involved.

The growth in involvement and popularity of the Cultural Fayre over the past two years demonstrates increased willingness by the community to learn and understand more about their fellow residents. It has taken residents a step further from merely tolerating to accepting and celebrating differences and realising how diversity enhances their community.

This unique event and partnership is worth celebrating as it developed the community in a huge way.

Information about this year’s event will be published in the summer.

Lyn Scudamore, Gloucester City Homes Community Involvement Coordinator comments “It is a great achievement to be shortlisted for a TPAS Award. The Cultural Fayre was recognised as a top entry among many other initiatives across the central region. Everyone involved should feel proud of the recognition received and should use this asencouragement to continue working together to celebrate diversity and sustain positive change and impact on their communities.”

Tony Ward, Chair of Tredworth Estate Tenants & Residents Association added “It is a big complement to have been shortlisted as a positive example and even though the event didn’t win, it is a winner in the eyes of many. It is a great opportunity for all cultures to come together with an open hand of friendship and to show off the best of their cultures through food, dance and music in a friendly atmosphere. I hope the event will be copied across the country.”

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