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'One Love' fosters friendship

Published: Wed, 3 Sep 2014
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The Whitehill Community Association's Women's Group
The Mac
The recent 'One Love' event at the Mac in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter offered a chance for the Whitehill Community Association’s Women’s Group to meet up with a group from World Wide Women.  
The two groups came together as part of the Whitehill group’s participation in the Housing Executive’s Shared Communities Programme.  Whitehill previously worked with World Wide Women on another project and this event provide a perfect opportunity for the two groups to get together again in a social setting.   
‘One Love’ highlighted how hate and intolerance has enslaved the minds of so many and was inspired by the songs of Jamaican reggae legend Bob Marley.  It proved an apt outing for the two groups to meet as the Shared Communities Programme’s central aim is to develop areas where people choose to live with others, regardless of their religion or race.  
Tracey Morrow from the Whitehill Women’s Group was delighted to see the musical and said afterwards, "One Love was enjoyed immensely by all who attended.  It took us on a rollercoaster ride of deep emotions and made us reflect on our own lives.”
The Housing Executive’s Head of Income Collection and Neighbourhoods, Jennifer Hawthorne, was pleased the groups had such a rewarding visit to the theatre and said, “Ensuring neighbourhoods are safe and welcoming to all is vital.  The Housing Executive’s programme can help with this aspiration but it is groups like Whitehill who make it happen.  They have come far in their work through the programme and I am pleased they found the musical so enlightening.”
The Whitehill Group has been participating in the Shared Communities Programme for 14 months and although their final project is just getting started the programme has proved highly successful.