PEOPLE in Middlesbrough are being encouraged to show an act of kindness as part of the launch of Love Your Neighbour, to help make our communities stronger, safer and happier places to live.

As part of National Interfaith Week 2016, Middlesbrough Interfaith Network is inviting people from all faiths and beliefs, civic leaders, charities, businesses, community groups and schools to take part in Love Your Neighbour.

Love Your Neighbour is a movement that started in Birmingham following the EU referendum, encouraging people and communities to seek to live in harmony, mutual respect and care.

The simple message of ‘Love Your Neighbour’ continues to spread in the city and is now being embraced by other towns and cities.

The Middlesbrough campaign will be launched on Tuesday, November 15 at Teesside University Student’s Union Hub on Southfield Road.

The event will celebrate some of the Acts of Kindness that faith and community groups are doing every week to support people, artwork inspired by the theme that has been created by both older and younger people, performances of dance, poetry and songs, and information stands showcasing the work of local faith groups and charities.

Leaders and members of the local Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Sikh communities will join civic leaders to sign a banner declaring their commitment to the cause.

Members of the Middlesbrough public will also be asked to share stories of acts of kindness on social media using the hashtags #LoveYourNeighbour and #LYNboro.

Bishop Paul Ferguson, representing the Church of England locally, said:

“We’ve each got it in our power to change other people’s lives for the better.

We can all make our town a better community if we show care and understanding, and celebrate our rich and varied culture. Please support Love your Neighbour in Middlesbrough!”

Middlesbrough Mayor Dave Budd, who is also Chair of Middlesbrough Interfaith Network, said: “We know that acts of kindness are being carried out all the time in Middlesbrough. What we want to do is celebrate all those little things that usually go without mention so we would urge anyone who carries out a good deed or is helped by someone else to shout about it on social media using the hashtags and let’s all inspire even more good acts in our town.”

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