Birmingham City Football Club were delighted to hold a multi-faith meeting at St. Andrew’s recently to help interact with the local community.
Hosted by Robert James from the Small Heath Neighbourhood Police Team, it was an excellent opportunity to discuss the current issues from within the community and help create cohesion and unity.
There was also an opportunity for an open forum to allow everyone to share their suggestions and ideas.
PC James, who is also the Multi-Faith Liaison Officer, engages with various faith establishments within the local area, covering 16 mosques and six churches.
The aim is to create a platform for dialogue between faiths and the police.
“This has proved to be a successful and effective network distributing key messages,” said PC James.
“We offer crime prevention advice to the community and this allows them to feed back any concerns or tensions that are being felt around current issues within the community.”
PC James also spoke about the Police’s new Faith Watch project which encourages the community to improve the local area by tackling low level issues that have a significant impact within it.
“The scheme will involve a number of volunteers from the local area who dedicate a couple of hours each month,” he added.
“They will join patrols with the Small Heath Neighbourhood Team to engage and provide reassurance for local residents.”
The Club continues to support these events with Head of HR Michelle Daly and Customer Services Manager David Boston speaking about the Club’s current employment opportunities and initiatives.
Blues are currently the only Football League club working towards the Advanced Level of the Premier League Equality Standard, after achieving the Intermediate Level of Kick It Out’s Equality Standard in June 2015.
“We are working more with the community to see how we can continue to engage and help,” said Boston.
“This doesn’t have to be on a matchday level.
“It can be through sharing our facilities and Community Trust team.
“We welcome all diversity throughout the Club and we’re trying to break down the exclusivity that perhaps some might associate with the Club.”