Robin Walker, MP for Worcester, joined a broad selection of local councillors and community leaders yesterday (26th October) to celebrate the opening of Worcester Muslim Welfare Association’s new youth and community centre.

The newly refurbished Unity House, on Stanley Road, will be open to all communities and has a range of upgraded facilities, including a fully equipped games room, a children’s art and craft room, a social room for over 50s, and an outdoor community space complete with pocket gardens for fruit and vegetable growing.

Robin joined Mayor of Worcester Steve Mackay and Deputy Mayor Jabba Riaz, as well as a cross-party selection of local councillors and religious leaders from across the city including Worcestershire County Council leader Simon Geraghty, Deputy Leader of Worcester City Council Marc Bayliss and Cathedral Ward Councillor Allah Ditta as well as local activist Nida Hassan, at a pre-opening event on Sunday to tour the facilities and hear about the Muslim Welfare Association’s upcoming plans and priorities for the centre. These include projects to tackle anti-social behaviour and bullying, to share job and training opportunities for young people, and to promote British values alongside a pride in the cultural heritage of Worcester’s diverse communities.

Speaking after the opening, Robin said:

“I was delighted to attend the opening of this fantastic new community facility, and would like to extend my thanks to Worcester Muslim Welfare Association for both their hospitality and the extensive fundraising they have undertaken to fund the upgrades at Unity House.”

“It was a great example of Worcester’s diverse communities coming together in celebration of our shared values. I have always believed that part of what makes our sense of community in the Faithful City so strong is the way in which those of many faiths and none regularly join in a shared appreciation of what we all have in common, and on occasions like this I am always reminded of those bonds.”

“It is hugely to the benefit of our city that facilities such as Unity House continue to thrive and grow, and I look forward to seeing more of the centre and the many projects taking place there.”