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Swapping Cream Teas and Cricket for Footie and Fried Rice

Transforming Plymouth Together were recently involved in a project swapping Cream Teas and Cricket for Footie and Fried Rice to improve ethnic relations in Plymouth. For this project we worked with Diversity Business IncubatorPlymouth HopePlymouth Argyle Community Trust and Plymouth Octopus Project.

The pilot project aims to unify communities from different cultural backgrounds by sharing recipes, sport and life experiences.

Food hampers and sports sets have been delivered across the city as part of the Unifying Plymouth initiative.

Chris and Hannah spent Friday 12th diriving around the St Budeauex area to deliver Nigerian meal kits to 25, mainly white, British families. They contain all the ingredients needed to make Nigerian Fried Rice, a recipe card and a magazine about Nigeria’s national sport, football.

The families were also given a link to a video made by two Nigerian women living in Plymouth about their lives: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhuCdWK7CqA

In return, hampers containing the ingredients to make a traditional Devon Cream Tea have been given to 25 migrant families along with a recipe card. They have also been given a guide to cricket and a cricket set.

In 2017/18, there was a 21% increase in hate crime in Plymouth*.

A previous analysis of hate crime offences in the city showed that 75% were catagorised as racism, with the majority involving abuse, threats, harassment or violence.*

In 2018, the Plymouth City Survey found that just 39% of respondents agreed that their local area is a place where people from different backgrounds get on well together.

Dwain Morgan, Assistant Community Manager for Plymouth Argyle Community Trust, said, “Argyle Community Trust are thrilled to be a part of such an exciting and educational project.

“To be involved in this collaboration that helps local communities learn about culture through the sharing of food, sport, faith and a whole host of other things is extremely rewarding.”

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