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6 November, 2009

New project working with young refugees and asylum seekers

InterACT is a new Citizenship Foundation project which will be running in communities across the UK over the next three years.

The project is based on the Citizenship Foundation's award winning Youth Act model. It aims to support groups of 16-25 year old refugees and asylum seekers to come together with locally resident young people and identify joint issues of concern to them, and their communities, and to develop campaigns to tackle them.

Through this process the project seeks to break down barriers to integration for young asylum seekers and refugees, thus building greater community cohesion.

Over the coming months, we will be looking to identify partner organisations in London, Bristol, Birmingham and Cardiff who work with young refugees or with young people from the local community. We will then work with these organisations to deliver a series of workshops to the young people and support them to design and implement their own social action projects in their local communities, in the summer of 2010.

The young people will receive accreditation for taking part in the project, and their achievements will be celebrated at an award ceremony in October 2010. The project will then be rolled out in further communities across the UK from the end of 2010.

For further information about the project please contact Xenia on Xenia.Davis@citizenshipfoundation.org.uk or on 020 7566 4153

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