On 13 December, Barka UK took part in the Social Enterprise Fair at Westminster Chapel in London.
The church, founded in 1840, began its activities in the local area. This part of Westminster was nicknamed: ‘The Devil’s Acre’ by Charles Dickens because of the widespread poverty, oppression, and injustice observed there. Alms houses and schools were built, orphans were cared for, and work schemes were organised for the unemployed. Today, the Westminster Chapel welcomes communities of all shapes, colours and sizes.
Barka UK was invited to have two stalls at the fair and sold some food and second hand vintage items.
Andrzej Dawidowski, the former Barka UK Leader, currently on a working visit from Barka in the Netherlands, also helped us on the day.
The fair was visited by Lord Roberts of Llandudno, Barka UK’s patron. Lord Roberts introduced us to Lord Touhig, also a Peer in the House of Lords, who is involved in combating human trafficking, including child trafficking, and there was even time to have a chat with the two Lords over a cup of tea!