“This evening I had the honour and pleasure of welcoming some of Walsall’s Christian, Muslim, Sikh and Hindu religious leaders to a special gathering at the Mayor’s Parlour”. 

This is how the Mayor of Walsall - Marco Longhi - welcomed people of all faiths to his event celebrating the contribution that faith communities make in the Borough.

  

Amongst those who attended were:

Methodist Circuit
Diocese of Lichfield
St Mary’s Catholic Church
Green Lane Baptist Church
Church of Latter Day Saints (Mormons)
Walsall Sikh Community
Walsall Muslim Community
Walsall Hindu Forum

This was an opportunity for the Mayor to express my thanks to leaders and groups for the vast amount of voluntary work that faith communities do and for the positive difference they make to Walsall residents.

“There can be times when faiths are maligned but Walsall has a diverse faith-based charitable sector that delivers hundreds of thousands pounds worth of services to some of the most vulnerable in our society, whether that be in Walsall, the wider region, the United Kingdom and in a number of cases across the world. At times of need, they have proved to be a real force for good in so many different ways.”

He specifically used Places of Welcome as an example, with its work to combat isolation. Initially launched by the Anglican communion and now operates 19 centres across the borough.

He also highlighted:

“The cooperation and close relationship that exists between the different faith groups in Walsall has led to some excellent initiatives such as the Mosque and Church Twinning projects, the Street Pastor and Street Teams initiatives, support for newly arrived communities, multi faith homelessness projects and joint charity schemes, which is something that Walsall can be really proud of as a town.”

Lastly he was particularly pleased to have the opportunity to express his gratitude to the many volunteers who helped Walsall’s homeless this winter with the Night Shelter and other initiatives which have been a “lifeline to many in the winter months.”