By Irene Amadi

Castle Cavendish hosted an annual fun day for the community on their grounds in Radford on July 4th. A talent show displayed the creative abilities of young people from the Arboretum, Radford & Park, Lenton & Dunkirk. Various acts sang, danced and rapped.

Voluntary organizations converged on the Castle with flyers on their stalls detailing the work they undertake around Radford. These included SusTrans, a charity mobilizing the community with walking and biking workshops and events, and the Dunkirk and Lenton Partnership Forum, who offer counselling, job clubs and organize a free gardening club

The day brought together a variety of service providers in the area, putting them all in one place where people could learn more about the opportunities they offer and the work they do. Members of Nottingham council were in attendance, offering information about fly-tipping services and the work they do to improve the image of the area. Dave (Chief Executive) described the day as a positive event: ‘lots of lovely people, lovely weather and lots of passion and commitment.’

Vineyard Arches Trust had the highest number of votes among groups voted for during the fest. The groups securing the three highest amounts of votes won. They were awarded the Community Cohesion Grant. Valentine Nkoyo, Director of Mojatu Foundation made the winning presentation. “We will use the grant for developing the Kutambua Platform which will help us train and support women and girls and empower local communities. Kutambua, which means discovery in Swahili language, will act as a platform for bringing communities together”

Veronica Barnes of Blue Mountain Women noted that “Valentine’s presentation made the decision between many very deserving charitable organisations from the community easier to make. Her passion and dedication came across very vividly. Mojatu is a deserving winner”.

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