Faith Network for Manchester were the recipients of the Community Cohesion Award supported by Blackburn with Darwen Council at the 2017 Fusion Awards.

Winners of the annual awards were announced at a glittering ceremony on Saturday May 13 at King George’s Hall, Blackburn.

During a year when relations between communities have been tested post-Brexit, Faith Network for Manchester (FN4M) has aimed to allay fears through a series of campaigns and projects.

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The aim of the organisation is to bring together people of different faiths and represent the voice of faith in the life of the city, especially to public bodies. 

Since 2004 FN4M has developed into an able and committed body that delivers effective tools for engagement through conferences, dialogues, meetings, projects, newsletters, website and social media.

In the past year the group hosted a celebration of International Women’s Day where women of different faiths from Cheshire, Manchester and Wigan attended a special gathering in a bid to promote peace.

In 2016 FN4M, alongside the Muslim-Jewish Forum of Greater Manchester held an interfaith meal to mark the end of a Ramadan fast in Manchester and the group also took part in #WeStandTogether campaign to promote community cohesion.

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Most recently FN4M supported an event which saw the North West chapter of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) join hands as they in Salford Quays.

Vice Chair of FN4M Qaisra Shahraz said, "We are so happy to have won this award. But I am happier that this event has brought so many communities and so many religions together and it is celebrating the work that they do. Thank you for honouring the work that we do.

"We promote community cohesion, respect, tolerance and connecting different faith communities."