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Previously Funded Projects

2015
  • ASSIST Sheffield: Improving Well-being Through Gardening uses an allotment plot in the garden of a house for female destitute asylum seekers to create a 'kitchen garden', where fruit and vegetables can be grown by residents and volunteers, to improve health and wellbeing and encourage integration and community networks.  
  • ​Bradford Churches for Dialogue and Diversity (BCDD): Faith Encounter Project A faith guiding course in partnership with Bradford Council of Mosques, BD3 Faiths Trail, Touchstone and Trident Faiths Forum (BD5) to train people to show others of different faiths around places of worship, including school, college and adult groups, thus hundreds of people are encouraged in mutual understanding and respect of the beliefs and practices of different faiths and cultures.
  • Doncaster Conversation Club: Outings Programme aims to provide 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.
  • FURD (Football Unites Racism Divides): Belonging  Project meets the recreational needs of refugee and asylum seekers' through the provision of fooitball and other sporting activities. It is run solely by volunteers and also provides a free hot meal for service users. The Belonging project seeks to break down stereotypes created by ignorance and prejudice and builds common understanding amongst different groups, removing the barriers to feeling safe, secure and valued. The group has allowed friendships to thrive across cultural divides, enhanced employability, promoted volunteering and integration into mainstream society for some of the poorest, living in limbo on the margins of society.
  • Gateway Church, Barnsley: Footsteps Facilitator training is an initiative to develop, train, equip and enable local people in Barnsley to become volunteer Community Facilitators, serving the community and organisations and focussing on 'hard to reach groups' and deprived areas to break down the social and cultural barriers that currently exist.
  • Syrian Community of Leeds: Big Brother Buddy provides informative drop-in sessions for members of the Syrian community to meet those from other local communities sharing a meal and hot drinks and learning about British culture.  It also provides a job club helping with CVs, interview preparation etc. 
  • The Cellar Trust: Growing Brighter Futures is a horticulture service supporting people recovering from mental health problems across the Bradford district and into Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven. The project combines therapeutic benefits with a greater focus on training and employment skills relevant within the local job market.

2014

  • SELFA (Skipton Extended Learning for All): Woodland Adventure Project The SELFA Adventure Camps aim to give children a 'Really Wild' experience, with each session developed around the group need but always being a creative, outdoor learning experience through which skills for life are gathered in local woodland.
  • Solace - Surviving Persecution and Exile: Drop-in Advocacy Session A weekly half-day advocacy drop-in session for refugees and asylum seekers with mental health issues to help them address practical problems, e.g. housing, access to education, training and jobs etc.
  • Shine - St Stephen's, West Bowling: Community Engagement Officer Developing gardening projects (alongside the Nepalese Ghurkha community), promoting the uptake of Credit Union accounts including running a CAP  (Christians Against Poverty) Job Club and job search sessions, and providing a space where vulnerable people can come almost daily to meet others, receive encouragement and gradually integrate more effectively and become contributing members of the community.
  • St Augustine's PCC, Bradford - Discover Youth and Children's Project Assisting young Christians to develop their identity as a minority group in the area, providing information to Christian and Muslim children about shared scriptural figures, building bridges and addressing stereotypical dismissal of other faiths, engaging with local schools to assist with their RE programmes, working on litter issues and working with two other environmental projects.
  • The Feast The Feast project in Bradford/Keighley aims to identify young people from diverse backgrounds either in a school setting or community group with the intention of offering an opportunity 'to do something together' at an 'encounter' event, enabling them to better understand each other.
  • Zephaniah Music Trust: Refugee Voices Project Preparing performances with students in primary and secondary schools to highlight issues that asylum seekers and refugees face, increasing students' understanding and challenging prejudice, assumptions and misinformation.

2013

  • Bradford Churches for Dialogue & Diversity - Faith Encounter Programme provides a Faith guiding course to train people to show others of different faiths around places of worship, including school, college and adult groups, thus hundreds of people are encouraged in mutual understanding and respect of the beliefs and practices of different faiths and cultures.   
  • City of Sanctuary – New Arrivals Drop-in Project is a weekly drop in for newly arrived asylum seekers. Refreshments, welcome, advice and information are given by volunteers speaking the same language as the asylum seekers needing help. The drop-in also offers useful sessions with the police, fire and health authorities.      
  • Sharakat Project - aims to serve the local community in a way that fosters wellbeing, includes the marginalised and encourages cross-cultural and cross-faith relationships through the running of English language classes, a parent and toddler group, a conversation cafe and community garden planning. 
  • St Augustine’s - Youth and Childrens Project – Discover is based in an area of considerable deprivation. The area is fragmented with disparate communities living side by side. This project provides a weekly lunch club for teenagers particularly for new arrivals from Eastern Europe and Africa to help with their second language of English and engage with their peers and to share about each other’s cultures. Discover also runs multi-faith activities and works with a Deobandi Islamic Seminary for girls aged 11-18 to answer questions about the Christian faith.     
  • The Green Project engages with people with mental health problems and those from disadvantaged and socially excluded groups in East Riding of Yorkshire using a care farm and allotments to provide meaningful work to them and other groups in the community to assist with improving their health and wellbeing and develop sustainable environments.      
  • Zephaniah Trust - aims to share the love of God through music and the arts. They will work with students in both primary and secondary schools to highlight issues that asylum seekers and refugees face, increasing the students understanding and challenging prejudice, assumptions and misinformation.

2010-2012

  • Abigail Housing - West Yorkshire Destitute Asylum Network works with refugees and asylum seekers to raise awareness of desitution and explores joint working with a view to making joint funding bids to pay for existing or new / extended services to asylum seekers, particularly housing.
  • Anchor Project - People and Families Learning Together. This project is serving the needs of the local area, whilst bringing people of different cultures together to increase understanding and foster relationships between the different local communities by hosting a range of events.
  • Anchor Project - Families Outreach Worker This project worked with the local community to develop new ideas for bringing together youngfamilies of different cultural and religious backgrounds whilst providing opportunities to improve parenting skills.
  • Bradford Cathedral - Interfaith Development Officer worked with the Common Good Network and through Scriptural Reasoning meetings to promote dialogue and mutual understanding between people of different faiths in Bradford.
  • Bradford Court Chaplaincy - This interfaith chaplaincy offers support to victims, offenders and their families at a time that this often very stressful.
  • Building Future Leaders trained and equiped young people of different faiths to contribute to the development of their communities and become positive role models for their peers. http://unitedfaiths.org.uk
  • City of Sanctuary (Sheffield) works with refugees and asylum seekers to overcome prejudice and fear in the city and to promote understanding and respect across the community.
  • Green Links was a series of events where people from both urban and rural areas share in work, food and leisure through a range of environmental and conservation activities such as tree planting, coppicing, habitat management, path creation, dry stone walling and gardening, thus building bridges between different communities.
  • St Christopher's Family Project employed an additional worker to extend the successful family project work in Holme Wood to marginalised ethnic groups.
    Our Space works with school children helping them to face, and overcome the differences between them. Residential events in the Yorkshire Dales help them to explore who they are and who other people are encouraging them to respect and understand each other. http://www.ourspace.uk.com
  • Sheffield Faiths Forum conducted a detailed piece of research into the impact that the faiths forum has made over the four years of its work. This crucial research helped it, and other forums design effective work plans for the future.
  • The Kettlewell Youth Project enables several villages to work together by integrating their youth work. In this way young people get to know and spend time with others from different village communities.