Project information

Neighbours for Peace - Phase 3

Neighbours for Peace (3) uses models of citizenship and community building from Israel and Palestine to help young people from different backgrounds mentor others. Participants explore issues of difference and identity, and encourage others to get involved in civil society.

6 months

Charity information: The Forum For Discussion Of Israel And Palestine (fodip)

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  • Need


    The problems of multiple identities for young people in some communities. They may feel an affinity for another part of the world, and relate to issues in the Middle East; this is particularly true of Jewish and Muslim young people. Sometimes these dual identities can result in communal conflict, or cause the young people to feel that they cannot fully be citizens of the UK if there are disagreements.


    The project enables the young people (15-20) to acknowledge multiple identities, but also to consider how they can work with others with different identities to build community together. Taking examples of projects from a conflict area - Israel and Palestine - the FODIP project uses these as templates in workshops, and trains the young people to present their experiences to others.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To enable participants to consider and express their own sense of identity.


    » Run a workshop in 2 localities, with experienced FODIP facilitators, where each participant prepares and presents something about themselves.

    What success will look like

    Success will be between 12 and 20 participants able to present with confidence, either orally or through other media, their own sense of identity.

    Aim 2

    To explore the ways in which NGOs in the Middle East promote citizenship through diversity.


    » Through presentations, films and discussion workshops, participants will learn about these methods.

    What success will look like

    Success will be evaluated through feed back on the initiatives from the participants.

    Aim 3

    To help participants share this information and promote shared citizenship among their peers.


    » Run 2 training sessions to enable participants to reflect on and share what they have learnt.
    » Organize and deliver a community event in 2 locations to showcase the work of the participants, to which other young people will be invited.
    » Hold several mini-workshops in each location at which the participants will work with their peers to promote shared citizenship.

    What success will look like

    Success will be over 50 people attending the event(s) with at least 12 further young people entering into peer mentoring through the mini-workshops.

  • Impact


    The project will deliver a core group of young people able to influence those disaffected or considering extremist views.

    Success will be measured by 12 participants mentoring a further 12 of their peers, and by the buy-in support of at least 4 communities.


    These are emotive issues; our facilitators are specifically trained to deal with these areas.

    Risks may include opposition from those who misunderstand the intentions of the workshops. Advance lines of communication, personal meetings and clear publicity will address this.


    We will keep donors updated through regular communications, and by information from our website. A final report will be submitted at the conclusion of the project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £3,650

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      Amount Heading Description
      £400 Planning meetinsgs Meetings for all facilitator and communications with community leaders
      £1,200 Workshops Running three workshops in 2 locations
      £600 Community event Holding the showcasing event
      £800 Travel and expenses For specialist facilitators to each venue
      £400 Web management Publicity and communication; social networking for participants
      £250 Stationery Consumables and publicity
  • Background


    The projects will run in Bethnal Green, London, and In Manchester, where the population of both is especially diverse. There are communal tensions in both areas, including incidents of extremism, antisemitism and Islamaphobia; using the difficult issue of the Middle East would appeal to young people in these areas.


    By improving lines of communication, as well as personal contacts, people at all levels will benefit. The young people will benefit from developing confidence, presentation and mentoring skills. In addition, it will be a useful addition to their personal CVs.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    FODIP has developed an expertise in the area of cross-communal dialogue where events in the Middle East threaten peaceful coexistence. We have specially trained facilitators as well as the contacts among community leaders, youth workers and young people already interested in this area.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mr Pasha Shah

    He is both a trustee of FODIP and has significant experience in youth work. he will act as both the contact in Manchester and advisor/consultant.

“I'm very keen and excited to start building bridges in our community!”

Participant in Tower Hamlets