Wiltshire

Swindon Racial Equality Council closes down

Swindon's Racial Equality Council has closed after it ran out of funding.

The organisation, which offered emotional and practical support to people affected by issues such as race hate, had been in the town since 1968.

Jaginder Bassi, the organisation's director, said its closure on Friday came at a time when Swindon was becoming more diverse.

The town's Citizens Advice Bureau will take over some of its work.

Mr Bassi said: "Over the years I've noticed the growth, not just the numbers of people who have made Swindon their home, but also the different parts of the world that they've come from.

"We've got people from places like Brazil, the Philippines, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Somalia and Turkey."

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