Project information

Global Citizen Twinning Programme

Building on a pilot project, we will develop the ambition and enterprise of young leaders (aged 11-14) in a poor area of Bristol and a Mumbai slum. We will connect them via the internet and guide their development to help these communities build their potential via young people in their midst

6 months

Charity information

The Converging World

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  • Need


    The problem is lack of aspiration within certain disadvantaged communities. No child from the Bristol school has gone on to university. The Mumbai slum lacks facilities that the UK would consider essential. Our project seeks to inspire young people in highly disadvantaged communities by stretching their horizons and guiding them towards action which will improve their communities and build their own potential to become leaders


    We believe that lack of aspiration and community action need to be addressed from within the community. Young people can provide the energy to create change if they are stimulated, guided and encouraged at a young age. Our pilot project has shown that linking these groups of young people (with skilled facilitation) generates enthusiasm, activity and a shift in attitudes. We will build on initial success to create a longer project aimed at creating projects in the two communities.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To create positive change in the young people that is evident to their teachers or youth leaders


    » Plan the programme through detailed discussions between the adult facilitators in India and UK (travel required)
    » Connect the two groups via Skype at least 15 times during the 6-month programme, with expert facilitation at each end

    Success will be positive and specific feedback from teachers and youth leaders who know the young people but who have had no part in running the programme

    Aim 2

    To inspire the young people to lead and undertake a project of their choice within their community


    » Shape the programme to include activity that encourages them to explore and implement practical projects that would benefit their communities.

    Success will be seen through the realisation of one or more projects for the benefit of others in their communities and feedback from the young people

    Aim 3

    To record activity and output on film to help disseminate the learning


    » Make a film of the project with content from India and UK

    Success will be the creation of a film that is persuasive for future funders and participants.

  • Impact


    The project will be repeated so that more young people become involved, developing a cohort of young people who know how to work together to make change happen to the benefit of their communities, and who enjoy doing this. Success will be visible through the projects (becoming increasingly ambitious). Long term change is our main objective. For this reason we have a renewable energy business that will gradually provide a sustainable flow of funds for 20 years or more.


    The project is low risk as we have run a pilot and learnt from experience. Risks include (i) technology – we will need to invest in better IT equipment, particularly in India but connectivity is available (ii) expert facilitation to enable the young people to make the most of the experience. Learning from the pilot will help us to achieve this (iii) language skills – the Indian facilitator speaks excellent English and the young people have adequate English for the project to succeed


    We will email donors twice during the project and link them to a report on our web site that will have pictures and descriptions of the activities and explain progress of the project. This will include the film when it is available.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £14,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,000 Equipment Purchase/rental of IT technology in India
      £1,500 Travel Travel (trip to UK to design the programme)
      £3,500 Design/Mgmt Project development and management time and costs
      £1,000 Materials Programme materials
      £1,000 Community Projects Costs to support projects created by young people
      £4,000 Film record Time and materials for film-making
      £1,000 Misc Misc expenditure
  • Background


    Greenfield School is in South Bristol in an area which ‘contains some of the most economically challenged communities in the UK with high levels of unemployment and many of the features stemming from deprivation and lack of both aspiration and opportunities for local people for jobs and work’ (ref Business West). Ramakrishna Sarada Samiti Centre is within a Mumbai slum containing 500,000 people living in extremely densely populated conditions with very basic facilities.


    Direct beneficiaries are two groups of around 15 young people aged 11-14 (one in India and one in UK). Additionally, other students in the UK school will benefit as the link with Mumbai will become an educational theme for the whole school (building on initial experience during the pilot project). The teachers and youth leaders will learn from the programme and the communities will benefit from small-scale projects implemented by the young people

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our charity has staff in Bristol and Mumbai (involved primarily in building the renewable energy business). This provides the resource to help build relationships, align objectives, manage the project and solve problems. Our charity’s mission is to enable sustainable communities and this will be achieved by helping the next generation to create change. The values behind this project reflect the Earth Charter – an internationally agreed programme for sustainable living

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Anita Beardsley

    Works for TCW and has been at the centre of the pilot project, defining concepts and activity. She will manage this project.

    Sheila Caffrey

    Is a teacher at Greenfield School who facilitated the pilot programme and will take the same role for this project.

    Vidya Raghu

    Is an architect by background but has devoted her time to supporting the Mumbai centre. She will facilitate the Mumbai group as she did for the pilot

    Nicky Williams

    Works for Knowle West Media Centre, close to Greenfield School. Nicky will provide digital media support and will help create a film of the project