City Councillor visits the Dialogue Society in Hull

Wed, 11 Sep 2013 00:00 in Outreach & Participation

The Dialogue Society Hull Branch was delighted to host Hull City Councillor Rosie Nicola at its offices based at Hull Community Centre. Asuman Aydin, the Branch Director, explained how the Dialogue Society came about, its aims and methods of achievement, the community support it recieves and its future plans. Mrs Asuman explained that the Dialogue Society, a registered charity established in London in 1999, aims to advance social cohesion by connecting communities, empowering people to engage and contributing to the development of ideas on dialogue and community building. It does this by bringing people together through discussion forums, courses, capacity building publications and outreach. Mrs Asuman highlighted that while founded by British Muslims of Turkish background the Dialogue Society is not a religious or ethnic organization; that it aims to facilitate dialogue on a whole range of social issues, regardless of any particular faith or religion.

Cllr Nicola was particularly interested in the works and projects of the Dialogue Society across the UK and its community projects in Hull including those such as the Noah’s Pudding, Family-Pairing, Success School and thematic dinner events. Cllr Nicola was also interested to hear about the London Trips, Hull Trips, picnic events, sporting activities and community building seminars and talks organised by the Society. The Dialogue Society Hull Branch representatives invited Cllr Nicola to present a talk at the Branch offices on the issue of ‘voting and proactive citizenship’. Cllr Nicola said she would be delighted to speak at the Dialogue Society and that she supported such efforts for dialogue, education and community support.