Sharakat Project, St Paul's, Manningham The Sharakat Project is a community project of St Pauls Church, Manninghamthat aims to serve and build capacity in the local community in a way that fosters well being, includes the marginalised and encourages cross cultural and cross faith neighbourly relationships. Wharfedale Foundation funding will support the Monday Lunch, English and Computers and Scones & Samosas with Holy Book clubs.
The Milton Rooms, Malton - New Steps New Sounds workshops
The Milton Rooms is planning an outreach project with Manasamitra, an Asian Arts organisation, to bring the experience of Indian music and dance to rural Ryedale. This project will enable both adults and young people to have positive encounters with people whose background lies in another culture, through creativity and collaboration.
Doncaster Conversation Club - Outings programme provides an event or outing at least once per month for asylum seekers and those with recently acquired refugee status. The group includes volunteers who join in with the activity but also talk to the clients giving them chance to interact with greater meaning with sympathetic Doncaster residents. In this way they have the opportunity to practise their English language skills and also to learn more about the UK as a whole.
Anchor Project, St Clement’s, Bradford - BD3 Care (Concern for Asylum Seekers and Refugees)
This project is concerned with the successful support and integration of asylum seekers and refugees into the area by developing designated weekly support sessions. At these 2 hour sessions, workers are available to listen, support, build trust, and take time to understand the situation of individuals and families, where possible helping them on-the-spot (e.g. form filling, making phone calls, signposting to specialised support); in other cases l arranging to see them and help them through their issues. We will develop a safe space of friendship, trust and practical support, there to encourage and help people transition to a more fulfilling life here in Bradford.
Asian Virsa - Creative Connections workshops
A series of 15 three-hour workshops for 60 participants. The sessions aim to provide an introduction to south Asian drama, dance, singing, music and the visual arts and the cultural traditions. Participants then work together to use these mediums as a means of their own creative expression. The final session encourages participants to explore ways that they can act as ambassadors in their neighbourhoods, promoting tolerance and integration through their own networks.
Crosby Community Association - Rural Isolation project
This seeks to tackle isolation through a social welfare project promoting the inclusion of people experiencing the most social and economic hardship. Older people can become isolated due to illness, disability and lack of transport.
The service helps people continue to live independently in their own homes through helping them apply for attendance allowance and pension alongside reducing social isolation and encouraging interaction through befriending.
Exodus Project - Arts workshops
A community art project using a local artist to work with young people in designing and improving areas at Exodus’ Jenny’s Field site. The intention is to involve disaffected young people, inviting new young people to the centre, and when the project is complete, it will improve the environment for all the disadvantaged groups who comes here.
Leeds Children’s Charity - Activity weeks
The Foundation part-funded
two full weeks at the centre for
32 young people from
very different backgrounds as part of which new approaches and techniques were trialled linked to difference, identity and equalities.
Moor Allerton Elderly Care - WiFi courses
This project is aimed at helping to reduce social isolation in older people by encouraging them to use tablet computers to become digitally included, for example using Skype, email and Facebook to link them with family and friends on a regular basis, browse the internet, looking at how to be safe online, showing them the advantages of shopping on-line. Wharfedale funded equipment to enable courses in venues where wifi is not available.
Open Kitchen Social Club - Open Kitchen Outreach
This project will use 10 Outreach Kitchens across the year to engage refugees, asylum seekers, homeless, destitute and vulnerably-housed people at different venues, providing a healthy, hot meal, suitable for people of all cultural backgrounds. The defining characteristics of the Outreach Kitchens is that they take place in a variety of venues that have existing service users and are providing other services but not food; they are delivered at no cost to the service users and donations are not solicited, as the aim is to hold them at places where people are not in a position to pay for food. Where possible, established volunteers
recruit people within the outreach setting to take part in staging the event, for example helping with food preparation and cleaning.
St George’s, Crosby – Community Development Worker for Crosby One project
St George's Church, Crosby lies in the most ethnically diverse and one of the most deprived areas of Scunthorpe. The role of the worker will be to support the PCC and an associated charity, Crosby One, to take forward their plans for re ordering the church to create a space that be used by the wider community. The demand on the community centre is constantly growing and more and more use is being made of the space within the church to accommodate groups and activities. These activities include a developing Polish Academy that books the entire building every Saturday, line dancing, zumba classes, a Chinese church, adult education provision of ESOL, Women's Institute, a sewing group and a range of other groups and users.
The Vine, St John’s, Bowling – Children’s after-school club
Wharfedale helped fund a Journey Makers after-school club at Lower Fields Primary School.
With the complex family needs that are prevalent in the area, local children benefit from participation in an inclusive environment where they can safely explore challenging issues such as faith, lifestyle, bullying, racism, school, family life, self-awareness and self-esteem. The result of this will be a breakdown of religious, ethnic and cultural barriers in the community.
Every child that attends the club is visited at home, week in,week out buidling stronger relationships with the children and their families - creating a vital link between school, home, church and the wider community. This link in turn enables families to access support from other local organisations - such as food banks and debt counselling.
Touchstone – Light in Communities project
Touchstone is a church-based community project that has worked in a multicultural and economically deprived part of Bradford for 25 years. It has actively sought to bring together people from different cultures and communities, and has found that listening can transform communities for the better. The Light in Communities project aims to provide a safe space to talk about peoples’ fears of and barriers to engagement with people from different cultures and communities. By facilitating discussion it seeks to address the ‘difficult issues’ and to encourage honest and open dialogue and give groups practical examples as to how they can engage with different cultures and communities.
Who Is Your Neighbour – Real Stories inter-community dialogue
This project helps people to tell their stories about living with changes in the culture and identity of their neighbourhood and of their attitudes to people who are different. These will be real stories that might acknowledge both how difficult change can be and how positive. They are not simple ‘good news’ stories trying to counteract ‘bad news’ stories. They will recognise the complexity of real life and be an alternative to the simplistic stories that blame particular groups of people for the problems of a neighbourhood or the whole country.