Fir Vale officers join Festival of Debate

Date published: 30 April 2019 14:24
Dated: 30 April 2019 15:22:37

Our North East Neighbourhood Policing Team joined Sheffield’s fantastic Festival of Debate last night (30 April) to discuss how to celebrate diversity in the Fir Vale area of the city.

The festival, which was founded in 2015, is a series of panel discussions, Q&As and public events exploring politics, economics and society. Last night, Fir Vale Community Hub hosted a discussion for local people about how to improve the area.

The discussion was billed as an ‘open and constructive conversation’ by organisers, with attendees asked to discuss the area, how it has improved and the challenges it faces.

Acting Inspector for the North East Neighbourhood Team Phil Mackey joined in the conversation and said it was an inspiring evening: “I felt it was a great opportunity for us to speak to, but also listen to what members of our community have to say. We are always looking for ways to meet as many people as possible and this was a different way of doing that! The conversation was shaped by festival facilitators, which gave it a clear direction and it was amazing to hear what people had to say.

“What I was so pleased to see was how people from all different communities; Roma, English and Pakistani, all sat together and chewed the fat about Fir Vale. I have been to so many events where communities don’t come together or even speak to one another, something vital to integration and understanding cultural differences.

“As part of the evening, people were asked to contribute ideas, which will now be collated and I am excited to see the results. I’d like to thank the Festival of Debate for sparking such interesting conversations.”

You can read more about the Sheffield North East Neighbourhood Team here

You can find out more about the Festival of Debate here 

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