More In Common: South Wales
Bringing divided communities together to build resilience to racism and hate.
Using the #MoreInCommon theme to challenge racism and build solidarity within communities. Finding community champions, and helping educate through youth, student and interfaith programmes
July 2016 - February 2017
Hope Not Hate Charitable Trust
Following the EU Referendum result, there has been a surge in racist and xenophobic rhetoric and incidents. These have highlighted an ongoing issue of weakened community infrastructure in South Wales. Social inclusion is poor, and there are limited opportunities for interacting with people who one might consider 'different' from oneself.
An initial series of community meetings taking place from July - September to form community groups in the South Wales area. These groups will focus on identifying actions that help to reinforce the sense of being an inclusive community. Actions will be determined by local people, but may include fun days, solidarity projects, doorknocking, shared meals etc. We will support new groups with advice, resources and where necessary additional personnel to make these community actions a reality.
Enhanced sense of community
Activities» Organising community meetings
» Based on input at these meetings, planned series of community events and actions
» Celebration of successful actions as a conclusion to project, and a chance to allow identified new 'community champions' to announce next steps.
Success: community meetings; community actions; identifying new community champions who will stand up to represent their community
A network of volunteers across South Wales will be set up. Volunteers will be able to keep in touch and support each other in their community building work. They will receive media training, so they can publicly celebrate their successes, and build through reputation. Individuals and groups will be empowered to challenge racism and xenophobia where it occurs, and we expect a corresponding reduction in incidents. The communities will have built resilience and a new sense of togetherness.
There is a small risk of verbal or even physical abuse from violent racists, and we have policies in place to protect staff and volunteers. Media and social media training will allow volunteers to challenge any negative coverage.
We will prepare a report including quantitative and qualitative elements, as well as reports and photos of events, which we will distribute to all donors.
Budget - Project Cost: £10,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £1,000 Meetings costs of running 10 initial meetings, including refreshments and some venue hire £1,000 Flyers to leaflet neighbourhoods telling them about planned initiative sin their area £6,000 Staff salary and on-costs of community organiser working on project £1,000 media training and support of volunteers £1,000 events venue booking and incidental costs of running events as decided by volunteers
We have a community organiser based in Cardiff, who would be working on this project in the whole of South Wales, including Swansea and The Valleys
All people in South Wales, although we anticipate the outcomes will particularly affect young people, those excluded from social interaction, and minority groups.
We have a proven track record of community organising across England and Wales. We have extensive experience in training volunteers in community organising.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Community Organiser, Wales