An inspirational charity and  organisation open to the whole community to use for communal activities won the Community Cohesion Accolade at the North West Fusion Awards.

Volunteers and community cohesion campaigners joined entrepreneurs and sporting talent at the 2018 Fusion Awards held in the Concert Hall at King George’s Hall Blackburn. The ceremony was hosted by Noreen Khan.

The Wirral Deen Centre  was founded in August 2016 by a group of local British Muslims. It is volunteer driven and funded by donations.

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They were presented the award by Cllr Mohammed Khan, Leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council.

A key element of the Centre is a weekly project called Fans Supporting Foodbanks, a feeding the homeless project.

Fans Supporting Foodbanks was founded as a joint venture by the Everton and Liverpool supporters trusts.

The project collects donations at every home game in the city.

The idea has spread to more than a dozen other clubs including the Wirral Deen Centre who is the only organisation who feed the homeless on the entire Wirral peninsula.

The successful project has brought different communities together, forging some beautiful friendships.

As well as serving food to local homeless people, the Centre provide shelter, warm clothing and hampers for vulnerable families.

They have organised a whole host of events including ‘Taste Ramadan’ and an ‘Eid brunch’ inviting non-Muslims to the centre.