Race charity nets just short of £1m

A race relations charity based in Oldham has received almost £1m from Futurebuilders England to expand its operations across the north of England.

PeaceMaker's work includes helping immigrants integrate into UK society, running citizenship classes for eight to 11-year-olds, organising cultural trips abroad and helping the Home Affairs Committee assess the impact of terrorism on community relations.

The award comprises a £700,000 loan and a grant of £220,000. Pasha Shah, chairman of PeaceMaker, said it hoped to use the money to extend its services to 65 local authorities, instead of the current six.

He said the charity also wants to stop people from certain communities being stigmatised in the wake of the London bombings.

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