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The City Circle is an open circle for open minds

(Photo - 150 hot meals being handed out by the City Circle and Children of Adam soup kitchen)

If Charles Dickens were alive today, he’d be living on a council estate with his seven siblings, a single mum and a daily struggle to make ends meet. His dad in prison for unresolved debt, he’d have left school early to support the family by working part-time at a high street shop, earning the minimum wage. And in between cigarette breaks, he’d find the time to write about issues that mattered to him including children's rights, poverty and other social issues.

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Islamophobia. The fear of Islam. Or as Wikipedia describes it "prejudice against, hatred towards, or fear of the religion of Islam or Muslims". Sounds simple enough on the surface and quite clearly wrong but in recent years there has been an increasing level of Islamophobic activity in the UK and elsewhere. I think Muslims in the UK are actually luckier on this front than their counterparts in a number of other developed countries where religious freedoms are harder to come by. The UK has a long history of openness to new cultures and beliefs - mostly due to it's imperial past but that's a whole other story for another day.

Islamophobia comes in many forms, both hidden and blatant, and all are wrong. Whether it's the ignorant petition campaigns against
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I'm going to make a bold claim: people rarely discuss death. It's something that every last person on this planet is destined to experience yet I think in modern society the concept of death and the transient nature of life has been pushed far, far down the list of topics people are comfortable discussing. Maybe it has always been so but while I have no idea if mortality has ever been a dinner-table conversation, it's certainly true that in times gone by death was a much more regular event and much more a part of people's everyday lives.

As an example, churches were once the centre of the community - the place where
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Assalaamu Alaikum Brothers and Sisters. My name is Julie Lock, I am a revert of 3 ½ years, a survivor of domestic abuse and an advocate for spreading awareness on domestic abuse. I have been a facilitator for almost 8 years now running domestic abuse support groups for women who have or are suffering from DV. We cover definitions of abuse, why it is hard to leave, boundaries, coping with grief, fear and guilt, assertiveness skills, warning sign, healthy relationships and more. The aim of the programme is to give the women some understanding of what they went through, why they have the feelings they do and some skills to help them start their journey of healing, to help them gain their self esteem and self respect back. It is very rewarding, even if in each group

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