Clare Hackney- Ring, Chair of Our Neighbourhood, is also chair of Devonshire West Big Local. Because of this, she was asked to run 2 workshops at the Big Local Connects conference in September this year to showcase her approach to making refugees feel welcome in her home area.

The workshops were called Making Happy Memories, and were about Our Neighbourhoods’ Community Kitchen, which she has established this year , where she is working with asylum seekers and refugees from all around the world alongside local residents.

Over 30 different Big Local areas around the country participated in the workshops which involved an illustrated talk, Q&A , and a practical , making Greek Salad. She did this with the help of her husband Dave, also a Big Local board member and Director of Our Neighbourhood.