Changing Minds, peace & community cohesion
To bring together young people from Worcestershire and Bradford to explore and learn about each other’s lives through interactive workshops, debates and community visits, with the aim of dispelling cultural misunderstandings and developing knowledge and skills to make changes in their communities
January 2014 - April 2014
Experiment in International Living UK (EIL UK)
In the light of recent events and tensions relating to race and ethnic minorities, there is a great need to develop intercultural competences, helping young people to make changes within their own communities. Racial tension is not only prevalent in large cities like Bradford exists in more rural areas, including Worcestershire. This issue needs addressing urgently.
Using the knowledge and experience of local community leaders, peace building and conflict resolution experts, the project will explore successful strategies already implemented in Bradford.
This will help to equip the participants with the knowledge, skills and creative thinking needed to promote & develop sustainable community cohesion programmes in their own community.
Find motivated young people and professional mentors interested in community cohesion work
Activities» Contacting local community workers, professionals and organisation working with young people to help recruit and to find mentors
By successfully recruiting and training 30 participants.
Deliver high quality, interactive learning experience
Activities» Interactive workshops and discussions led by professional conflict resolution trainers, university peace building experts and multi-faith leaders
» Visits to different places of worship (mosques, sikh and hindu temples)
» Question time with local experts and leaders
This will be assessed by evaluation questionnaires and a follow up meeting with the Worcestershire based participants 6 months later
With mentor support, draft and develop the first stages of a local project in their own community
Activities» Small group work and board-blasting ideas
» Role plays
» Logistics planning
» goal setting
Each participant will go back with the skills to create a project that they can run in their own community based on the learning/knowledge/outcomes
The project aims to change minds of the participants, give confidence to address these issues and ability to communicate this to their peers. Encouraging engagement of the young people with their local communities and gradual improvement in local mind set and attitudes. This will be demonstrated by the sustainability of the participants’ projects and our ability to replicate this training with further young people.
Local community leaders don’t attend – we have a wide range of contacts that we have worked with before and have proved themselves reliable and we also have sufficient local contacts to replace last minute cancellations.
Low recruitment – we have an existing network of contacts from previous similar projects with local police, youth workers, community workers prepared to recruit and mentor local young people
We will keep donors updated via our website and facebook page and publication of a final report
Budget - Project Cost: £6,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £1,800 Accommodation hotel £400 Transport minibus x 2 £1,500 Food lunches/evening meals £400 Speakers speaker fees and materials £1,200 Trainers trainers fees £700 Admin publicity, recruitment, administration
Bradford is a large multi-cultural city with a population of 400000 including a large Muslim population of 56,000 people. Other ethnic groups in the city consist of Hindus, Sikhs, African-Caribbean and an influx of new European citizens. Bradford historically has attracted migrant workers due to its famous wool industry and is now a modern and diverse city.
Participants, through personal growth and development.
Local community in Bradford via the interaction with the participants.
Worcestershire communities through delivery of local projects.
Local professionals receiving the enthusiastic support of local young people
EIL has a proven track record of delivering successful community cohesion projects for local people and has previously received funding from The British Council, Europe and Awards for All. Our partner on this project, Bradford Youth Service has been organising international trips and training courses based on this theme, hosting both UK and International groups for the past twenty years
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Trainer/Bradford co-ordinator in his role as senior youth worker
Leading peace studies expert Bradford University