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“Celebrating our differences”

Updated: 28 October 2019 at 14:56pm

Thank you to everyone that made it to Diversity Day on Saturday 26 October. Each year we’re proud to host such an inclusive event that champions our residents and brings people from across the Phoenix community together.

Carmen Simpson,resident Vice-Chair, said: “Diversity day has been brilliant: watching people from different backgrounds express themselves and for us all to celebrate our differences. It’s truly one of the best things Phoenix does.”

This year’s event focused on the contributions those from Commonwealth countries have made and what connects us all.

The event was kicked off in style by Dhol drummers quickly followed by a wide range of acts from across the Commonwealth including Bollywood dancers, rappers, spoken word, steel pans and RnB line dancing.

Participants were also treated to a celebration of culture with talks and personal stories shared by Lewisham residents who began their lives in countries across the globe, as well as world food, henna tattoos and cultural crafting.

Jim Ripley, Chief Executive of Phoenix Community Housing, said: “Every year we hold this celebration of our community as part of Black History Month and every year it gets better and better. As one of the few resident-led housing associations in the UK, it’s important to us not only to be proud of the diversity of our residents, not only to champion them and their achievements, but to involve them and bring their lived experiences into Phoenix at every level, so that we can work together to build a better community in south London.”

Don’t forget to make room in your diary for our next two events. Men leading by example is our first event celebrating positive male role models which is taking place on Saturday 16 November at The Fellowship and Star in Bellingham from 12-4pm.

We’re also hosting Christmas Community Links on Saturday 7 December from 12pm, with Santa, real-life reindeer, festive food and live entertainment.

RSVP for your place at both of these brilliant events today.