Message of strength at community event
Hillingdon Together’s aim to inspire the borough
BUILDING a stronger and safer borough were the key aims at a community event organised by Hillingdon Council and the local police.
More than 200 people attended the Hillingdon Together event at the Civic Centre, Uxbridge, which intended to inspire those there to talk about the role they play in their communities and to strengthen relationships and promote social cohesion.
Safer neighbourhood groups talked about their work with the council’s antisocial behaviour team, and the police spoke about local initiatives to tackle crime.
The borough already has a low crime rate, with Hillingdon having the fourth biggest drop in crime in London, with a reduction of 26 per cent since 2012.
Joy Barrow and Amir Ahmed from the e Hillingdon Interfaith Network talked about their work bringing people of different religions together.
A film produced in response to the Paris terror attacks made by sixth form pupils, called ‘I Am Human’, was shown and young people from across Hillingdon performed and spoke throughout the event with the intention of inspiring others.
The audience on May 25 was comprised of representatives of all ages from different faith, voluntary and resident groups from across the borough.
The Mayor of Hillingdon John Hensley, Hillingdon Council cabinet member for community, commerce and regeneration Cllr Douglas Mills and the police’s interim Borough Commander Max Williams were also in at attendance. Cllr Mills said: “H “Hillingdon is one of th the safest boroughs in Lo London to live, work an and visit, but all are areas sometimes face cha challenges. ““We do not take peace for granted and con continually work in par partnership with local org organisations and residents to maintain our sense of community.” Borough Commander Max Williams said: “We should acknowledge, celebrate and value what we have achieved. “But, more importantly, look to the future and embrace the opportunities we all have to work together more closely and make our community safer and stronger.”