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Health worker invited to meet the Queen at Buckingham Palace

Posted on the 31st May 2019

A health worker from Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Community Restart Team has been invited to attend a reception at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the work of local faith groups and promote community cohesion.

Next month Jal Iqbal, Community Development Worker in the Blackburn with Darwen Community Restart Team, will attend a celebration that is to be held by the Queen at Buckingham Palace. Jal has been involved with the Near Neighbours ‘Real People, Honest Talk’ project for the last 12 months. The project creates a safe and open space for people to talk honestly about how they can work together to live well. ‘Real People, Honest Talk’ aims to tackle social integration by bringing together people to talk about how things around them may be changing, how they can cope with the differences and the impact that this can have on local communities.

Jal Iqbal from Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Community Restart Team said:

“I am delighted and honoured to have been invited to attend the celebration at Buckingham Palace. The Real People Honest Talk project is really all about facilitating open and honest conversation about issues of concern to everyday people in local communities that could otherwise be difficult to talk about.

“We create safe spaces in which difficult issues associated with living together well amidst differences in outlook, culture, attitudes and beliefs can be discussed openly and constructively, at a city-wide level and in local communities. I feel very proud and privileged to be meeting the Queen and to be representing the Community Restart Team at such a prestigious celebration!”

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