Charlesworth Court in Yorkshire was nominated for our Working Together Award as part of our Spirit of Housing & Care 21 awards. They were nominated for a joint integration project between Charles Court and the Kumon Y’all children from the mosque in Dewsbury.
The nomination reads: “Kumon Y’all is a project run by the local mosque and aims to bring young Muslims and residents together to work at breaking down barriers and misconceptions on both sides in an informal fun setting.
A visit to the local mosque was a huge success and the residents had a fantastic time looking around and left with a better understanding of the Muslim culture and faith. A relationship grew up between the Kumon Y’all kids and the residents, the Muslim girls learn how to give manicures and joined the court ladies for a pampering session, and the boys cleaned up the outside the court and did some gardening. The kids brought Asian food with them and for some residents it was the first time they had ever tasted it.
The children did a presentation explaining key aspects of the religion and explaining misconceptions such as ‘jihad’ and ‘sharia law’ and in return the children loved listening to stories about the residents’ lives, especially those who had been in the Army. Since then the residents and the children have enjoyed playing curling together as well as other events, and the relationship is blossoming.”