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8 February, 2012

New InterACT projects address community cohesion in Salford, Sheffield, Slough and Tameside

InterACT unites communities through social action. 16-25 year-old asylum-seekers and refugees join other young people to tackle issues that affect their local communities.

We help the young people to identify the issues. We then help them develop their own projects to address those issues.

InterAct is now in its third year. This year it will run in four new areas: Sheffield, Slough, Tameside and Salford. (It also continues to run in Liverpool.)

Sheffield

Yemeni Community Association (YCA) and the Children's Society's Embrace Project

YCA was set up in 1986 to advance education and relieve poverty in Sheffield's disadvantaged communities. It focuses on ‘social' services such as welfare advice and education (such as study support and specialist ESOL provision). Community participation and community cohesion are high priorities.

YCA will work with The Children's Society's Embrace Project. Embrace was set up to improve child-centred services for young refugees and new migrants in South Yorkshire.

Slough

Aik Saath and Berkshire Education and Sports Centre (BESC)

Aik Saath was established in response in to gang violence between young people from Asian backgrounds in Slough in the 1990s. The founders believed that young people needed to lead the efforts to resolve the conflict.

Aik Saath will work with BESC, a voluntary organisation set up by members of the Somali community. BESC provides support and opportunities for asylum-seekers and refugees in Slough and its environs.

Tameside

Tameside Youth and Family Team and Refugee Action's Gateway project

Tameside Youth and Family Team runs four youth forums, which are spread across the borough. Young people also represent others in their communities and work on a number of issues. Recently they lobbied MPs as part of the Choose Youth campaign, to defend young people's services against the cuts.

Tameside Youth and Family Team will work with Refugee Action. Refugee Action's Gateway project helps with resettlement and integration. It gives a year's support to refugees who have been resettled from camps into Greater Manchester by the UN Gateway Protection Programme.

Salford

The Princes Trust's Fairbridge Programme and Union Street Media Arts

The Fairbridge Programme helps those young people that other organisations find too difficult. It gives 13-25 year-olds the motivation, self-confidence and skills to change their lives. The programme addresses the attitudes and behaviours that hold young people back. It does this through a combination of challenging activities and one-to-one support.

The Princes Trust will work with Union Street Media Arts, a social enterprise based in Old Trafford. Union Street combines commercial media and creative work with community development. It has two overlapping strands of youth work: representation & participation and creative production. 

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