Baroness Scott of Bybrook, OBE, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Social Housing and Faith, embarked on a significant visit to a Sikh Gurudwara and the Nishkam Campus on February 1, 2024.

The visit aimed to deepen her understanding of Sikhism and to explore the impactful work carried out by Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha (GNNSJ), MSS, Nishkam Schools, Nishkam Healthcare Trust, and Nishkam Civic Association. Baroness Scott, a distinguished figure in UK politics, played a pivotal role in steering key government Bills during the 2022-23 Parliamentary session, including the Levelling-up and Regeneration Act 2023, and the Social Housing (Regulation) Act 2023.

As the Government spokesperson on several successful Private Members' Bills, she has shown a commitment to legislative initiatives that promote societal well-being. Expressing a specific interest in Sikh culture and community service, Baroness Scott commenced her visit at the Gurudwara, where she paid obeisance to Guru Granth Sahib Ji, the Sikh holy scripture.

The spiritual leader of GNNSJ and founder of the Nishkam group of charities, Bhai Sahib Professor Mohinder Singh, hosted the Baroness during her tour of the Nishkam Campus. The visit included stops at MSS (Community Cooperative); the Pharmacy and Healthcare Centre (including the new Elderly Support Apartments); and the Nishkam Primary School. Baroness Scott engaged with the teams behind these initiatives, gaining valuable insights into their contributions to regeneration, healthcare services, community engagement and education.

The visit culminated at the Nishkam Civic Association, where Baroness Scott had the opportunity to delve into the organisation's work in Handsworth, other regions of England, Kenya, and India. Discussions covered a range of topics, from community development to global outreach, the Peace Charter for Forgiveness and Reconciliation, showcasing the extensive impact of the Nishkam group's charitable endeavours.

Baroness Scott commended the commitment of the Nishkam group in fostering community well-being and expressed her gratitude for the warm reception during the visit. This experience is expected to further inform her role in advocating for faith-based initiatives and social housing in the UK.