Project information

EMBRACING ‘THE OTHER’

People find it hard to break out of their comfort zone and take the challenge of meeting people who are ‘the others’. The project attempts to make a bond between members of different communities by joining them to talk and learn from each other by sitting around a dinner table.

12 months

Charity information: Anatolian Muslims Society

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  • Need

    Need

    Diversity is a contributing factor to alienation and isolation as well as urbanisation and hectic lifestyles of a large city. Alienation leads to irresponsible behaviour as we saw in London riots as individuals didn't feel that they owed anything to the others. Isolation also leads to poverty as individuals don't know what is out there for them. In a North London setting, there are pockets of communities who would not dare to converse with others.

    Solution

    Our organisation believes that this can be partly achieved at least within parts of North London through a conscious effort. Individuals and members of the communities will then lead others to come forward and open themselves to the isolated parts of their communities. Eradicating false beliefs and myths about different sections of communities and learning from each other is not always an easy job. The spectrum of differences may stretch from ethnic to religious understandings and practices.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Make bonds between different communities and diminish alienation by getting them talk to each other.

    Activities

    » We will have a platform where people from diverse communities make an application to meet another group of people around a dinner or breakfast table.

    They will complete a number of questions about each other and return it to us together with a feedback form that asks what they walked away with from the experience.


    Aim 2

    Contribute towards eroding poverty by encouraging the most isolated to engage with the others.

    Activities

    » People will exchange their experiences and opportunities out there and sample examples of success which will encourage others to get on board.

    People will exchange their experiences and opportunities out there and sample examples of success which will encourage others to get on board.


  • Impact

    Impact

    This practice will help break down barriers between people and also model the fact that when people make an attempt to explore the different, the different may no longer be threatening any more. Same experience will initiate a discussion within the circles of each communities and give them confidence to achieve it themselves too. This will empower individuals and give them confidence and will eventually result in better incomes.

    Risk

    Finding compatible partner groups and families poses a challenge on us. Doing an extensive criminal checks is very difficult and off-putting for this many numbers. We may give a guideline for safety and never put individuals alone together with another group or individual.
    We will need to reach out to a higher number of people if we do not get a sufficiently diverse cohort that will make compatible matches,

    Reporting

    Outcomes of feedbacks forms as well as sampler photos will be shared with donors through social media, e-mail and a meeting.
    The participants complete a number of questions about each other and return it to us together with a feedback form that asks what they walked away with from the experience.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £32,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,000 refreshment coffee with snacks for 800 people (£5 eaach)
      £8,000 breakfast breakfast for 1000 people (£8 each)
      £12,000 dinner dinner for 1000 people (£12 each)
      £5,000 administration paperwork, registration and feedback
      £3,000 advertising online , design of concept and materials, printing of 10000 leaflets and distribution
  • Background

    Location

    The project will be run from the offices of Rumi Centre in Enfield. It will be advertised for people in the London Boroughs of Enfield, Hackney, Barnet, Haringey and Walthamforest where we have a large community connection. The venues for refreshments will be decided after taking several quotes from local providers in 7 locations convenient for people registered.

    Beneficiaries

    Overall population in 5 London Boroughs will benefit from this project. Especially communities living in deprived areas will have the opportunity to link and empathise with more affluent parts of the area. It will bring in mutual understanding both ways and break down on prejudices. We believe that the individuals who are directly involved in the project will initiate a discussion and pass the message onto others.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Anatolian Muslims Society aims to contribute towards a cohesive society where mutual understanding and caring towards each other is the norm. We are already doing activities around this concept such as providing free community breakfast on Tuesdays for locals throughout the year. We organised events titled as Fragmenting Society, Communicating Communities, Preventing Knife Crime and many other interfaith events. We believe that we have the resources and the will power to achieve this project.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Aykut Bektas

    Office Secretary with strong administrative skills.

    Fatih Kahraman

    Voluntary Community Relations Officer with an extensive network amongst varying community groups.