New group building links with Portuguese community in Grantham

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A group has been set up to support the Portuguese community in Grantham, and to encourage greater interaction between those from different cultural backgrounds.

Set up in October this year, PT Connections is a community interest company which provides support and advice to Portuguese-speaking residents, including in terms of social, health and educational assistance.

Maria Silveira, who moved to Grantham from Portgual 10 years ago, is part of the team behind PT Connections. She said: “We will also work to promote our culture in general and be at the service of the entire community.

“We will also be on hand to work with local authorities to combat xenophobia, isolation, crime and discrimination.”

As part of their work they are also putting on events open to the whole community, not just those from Portugal, with the next being a Christmas social and dinner taking place at Cafe Bleu Restaurant in Grantham.

“The purpose of this initiative is to encourage friendship and cultural exchange between the English and Portuguese communities,” added Ms Silveira.

The group has the support of Portuguese General Councillor Carlos Amaro, who is giving a presentation at the event, before a traditional Portuguese dinner is served. Entertainment includes a mini gospel concert by singer Miriam Pinto, surprise auctions, raffle draw and disco by Dflavb.

It starts at 6.30pm on December 19, with tickets costing £13.99 per person, or £7 for children over four and under 12. Tickets must be reserved at Cafe Bleu or by calling 07746 273640.