The Ethnic Minority Open Day, hosted by Colin Neighbourhood Partnership in Colin Allotments has been deemed a great success. Over 60 adults and children from the Syrian, Lebanese and Somalian communities attended the event which was funded by Belfast City Council Good Relations Programme. They were joined by PSNI, neighbourhood policing teams and local advice and support agencies which included Public Health Agency, Barnardo’s, Northern Ireland Housing Executive ethnic minority team and the minority workers from local Irish school, Ionad na Fuiseogie.

The event was an opportunity to bring together and welcome the various diverse communities in the Colin area. Children took part in a show and tell event organised by neighbourhood policing team who had brought along motorcycles, trucks and chase cars. Local chef Eamon Bennet provided interactive cooking demonstrations in traditional Irish cuisine. Entertainment also included a Jurassic Ark reptile display show which provided families with a fun hands on educational experience.  Families also availed of the many support services in attendance. 

Brendan McAteer, Community Safety Officer at Colin Neighbourhood Partnership, commented on the success of the event:

“We are delighted to see so many diverse families from the Colin area come together at this event. We warmly welcome them to the local community and are on hand to assist in any way we can.”