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Exhibition to celebrate friendships amongst different communities

Multi-faith Birmingham Photo: ITV Central

Friendships between Christians, Muslims and Sikhs are just some of the many relationships that are being celebrated as part of a photography exhibition in Birmingham.

Near Neighbours, a new government initiative, has helped communities set up projects in their areas to help bring people of different faiths together. And to mark the success, a photography exhibition will go on display in a community church near the Bullring.

A gardening initiative set up by Near Neighbours in Birmingham Credit: ITV Central

Birmingham and Leicester are two of the cities that have been chosen to receive grants, since the Near Neighbours initiative started in August last year.

More than 80 projects have already been set up in 13 areas across Birmingham.

One of the projects is a Chaplaincy Course, which is run from the Nishkam Centre on Soho Road in Handsworth. The course was set up by Narinder Sidhu who recruits volunteers of any faith. She has already successfully brought together a variety of individuals. An important part of the training to become a Chaplain is to learn about other faiths.

Sahra Farah came to the UK from Sweden 7 years ago, Jane Barrett is her first non-muslim friend.

Sahra Farah Credit: ITV Central

They've been friends for 2 years and despite their superficial differences they've discovered they have lots in common.

The photography exhibition to celebrate these new friendships and the work of inter-faith groups is being held at St Martin's church in Birmingham.