More In Common: South Wales
Bringing divided communities together to build resilience to racism and hate.
Using the #MoreInCommon theme to challenge racism & build solidarity within communities. Training community champions, organising around local issues, and helping educate through youth, student and interfaith programmes.
July 2016 - February 2017
Charity information: 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 the post-industrial communities of 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 took place this summer to form community groups in the South Wales area. These groups will organise around issues (particularly local health disadvantage) that will help reinforce the sense of being an inclusive community. Actions will be determined by local people, but may include fun days, solidarity projects, door knocking, shared meals etc. We support new groups with advice, resources and promotion to make these community actions a reality.
Enhanced sense of community
Activities» Organising community meetings
» Based on input at these meetings, find issues that are non-divisive around which to plan a 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, more people involved in their community.
A network of volunteers will be set up. Volunteers will keep in touch and support each other in their community building work. They will receive media & community organising training, so they can involve new people, publicly celebrate their successes, & build through reputation. Individuals and groups will be empowered to unite & to challenge racism 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: £30,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £1,500 Meetings costs of running 15 initial community meetings, including refreshments and some venue hire £1,500 Flyers to leaflet neighbourhoods telling them about planned initiatives in their area £24,000 Staff salary and on-costs of community organiser working on project £1,500 media training and support of volunteers £1,500 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