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Housing work showcase.

A MIDLAND housing association will be showcasing its award winning work at a conference in Birmingham's Hippodrome.

The Building Cohesive Communities conference, due to be held next Wednesday, will see Ashram Housing Association sharing its ideas and approaches with housing professionals from across the country.

It won the Housing Corporation's gold award for excellence in building cohesive communities, which was set up to identify and share good practice of housing associations nationally and to help support improvements to the services provided to residents and tenants.

Tyseley-based Ashram scooped the award for its unique approach in using sport, community design and advocacy in working with a diverse cross section of communities in overcoming cultural and community barriers.

Jas Bains, chief executive of Ashram, said: "This event is taking place on our home turf and is an opportunity for us to show what Birmingham has to offer. We're looking forward to sharing our experiences with colleagues from across the country and can be immensely proud that our work is being showcased."

At the event, Ashram will also be publishing a national report on sporting affiliations among young Muslim people and the potential this has to create a sense of shared identity.
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