We've moved!

This donation page is on the old Big Give website. Please go to theBigGive.org.uk to find current campaigns and opportunities to double your donation.

If you have any queries on the changes, please email us at info@thebiggive.org.uk.

Project information

There's only one race, the HUMAN RACE!

Celebrating in our 30th year inpartnership with our BME communites. Let's learn together giving people with learning disabilities and/or autism, an understanding of peaceful cultural diveristy. Encouraging friendship by exploring and thinking through together the issues of cultural sensitivity.

February 2018 - February 2019

Charity information: Speakup Self Advocacy Limited

Speakup Self Advocacy Limited logo
  • Need


    There are several problematic issues and barriers which connect the community groups addressed through 'There is only one race - the Human Race' embedded through the misunderstanding and ignorance of the peaceful teaching of Islam, leading to community tensions and nervousness. Racism without thought through a lack of acceptance of the cultural beliefs of other human beings, judging people by the colour of their skin only and treating them badly can also be where the ignorance and hate comes in


    Through encouraging interdependence, acceptance and friendship this project will begin the gradual breakdown of racial discrimination across all participants enabling empowerment and confidence to grow within communities and real friendships to develop.
    Partnerships and friendships will thrive on an individual and group basis because we will link people to our friendship/safety circles work and offer 'Come Dine with Me' experiences to give added value to this vital work.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    education of people with learning disabilities/ and or autism in cultural sensitivity/diversity


    » together with our partners we will run 18 vibrant, fun, informative workshops which will be interactive group sessions.

    What success will look like

    Qualititive case studies of at least 20 individuals evaluation of events through attendee evaluation give a sense of impact

    Aim 2

    Provide advice and make information available in a form which everyone can understand.


    » Develop workbooks and resources in easy read to act as a remebrance legacy for Thers's only one race, the HUMAN RACE!

    What success will look like

    Easy read Work books developed with other interactive media such as film clips/ and on our website

    Aim 3

    Support people to speak up for themselves about issues of cultural diversity and learn together


    » Forums to raise araise awareness of the joy of cultural diverity exploring and bringing together different culture

    What success will look like

    Qualititive case studies and narration .. the testimony of the people

  • Impact


    Through strong partnership working this project will promote. we will form sustainable and cohesive partnership working that will continue to grow as the grant tapers to a close. We will link this to our friendship circles work and endeavour to empower confident diverse communities to grow, learn and fair quality time together. Learning for each others experiences. We will also link our 'Come Dine with Me' project to this work so that people from difference cutltures and backgrounds.


    Lack of engagement would seem to be the major risk. We have mitigated this by our strong links with Rema, Tassibee and Nayi Zinghadi, together with links to local services such as REACH and Social EYES where people with learning disabilities and or autism some of whom have enduring mental health issues.. have expressed an interest in learning together and developing meaningful relationships with people from different cultures and belief systems.


    We will report regularly, donors will be invited to take part in our workshops and we will write an interim and end, easy read report about the success of the project.
    We will launch the project on our Website and celebrate its successes

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £7,000

    Loading graph....
      Amount Heading Description
      £5,000 Ccultural wkshops 10 wkshops
      £1,000 forum 1 over the year
      £1,000 forum 2 over the year
  • Background


    Deprivation in Rotherham increased between the 2007 and 2015 Indices of Deprivation with the Borough now ranked 52nd most deprived district compared to 68th in 2007.
    Extremist Groups targeted the town last summer with several rallies in the town centre leading to racial tensions and hate/mate crime crime. There is still a culture of isolationism where many cultures are not working interdependently but working in alone without interaction with other cultures


    The beneficiaries will be people with learning disabilities and or/autism some of whom have enduring mental heath issues, their families/ supporters/ and personal assistants. Beneficiaries will also be members of the muslim community through direct interaction throughout the project. Ages ranging from 16 upwards. enabling a understanding and capacity building for people who may take longer or struggle to understand or remember issues of importance to enable them to live full lives

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We work at grass roots all the time and through our training arm I'm a person Too ' have excellent training, supporting and listening skills People with learning disabilities and autism run the organisation There are no minority or equality issues relating to our work or the community of people we work with. We have excellent relationships with the VCSE sector and we have a close working relationship with our Asian Colleagues

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Vicky Farnsworth

    Brilliant self advocate with learning disabilities who works for the organisation . Expert by Experience who will be excellent at engaging people

    Alison Owen

    Brilliant self advocate with learning disabilities who works for the organisation excellent at speaking up about issues and working with people


One culturalworkshop learning together . There's only one race, THE HUMAN RACE?